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Archive for August 24th, 2011

Sock Summit Sunday: Crystal Heels & Mini Turkish Socks

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

Sunday I started my day early and happily, ready for four sessions in one day. I tried to send a single morning tweet to the Twitter crowd. Something clearly went wrong on the Twitter end of that deal! The system complained that I’d already posted 1,000 updates that day. At 7:58am? Not likely.

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Crystal Heels (Afterthoughts that Fit)

The morning classes were quick and fun. I taught “Crystal Heels” three times in three hours. (For Knitters – Basically, a Crystal Heel is an afterthought heel with “facets” from decreasing in different ways. It’s a wider and deeper heel than most afterthought heels, and fits rather well even though it does not have a gusset.)

An afterthought heel is just that. You knit a tube with a toe, either top down or toe up, and then you go back and add a heel in the middle. They are great for striping yarns and for folks who have a tendency to wear out heels a lot, because they are easy to replace.

Here is a photo of a “normal” afterthought heel, a sock from Turkey with a modified shape/depth, and my Crystal Heel. Note that the center sock is for a larger foot than the other two, with proportionally larger heel.

Notice that my heel stays fairly wide for about 2/3 of the length of itself, to make room for the shape a human heel typically has. You can see that the first one is neither deep enough, nor wide enough. The knit fabric depends on its stretchy nature to make up for the improper fit.

I am getting letters from folks who took this class, already. Folks are finding it fits them well, and it’s a real thrill to hear from them.

Since the class was about a heel technique that one could use on socks already in progress, these students were able to use the information from class very quickly in a real project. How exciting!

Mini-Turkish Socks

It was great to finish the Summit with perhaps my favorite class (if I am allowed to have favorites). I taught a tiny Turkish sock design, based on a sock from Turkey I own. It has a very different structure from those which I see in most publications, so is a fun and different class.

I believe I had 21 people in the class. Out of that, 16 stuck around to put finished sock projects in this photo. It makes me smile! (This one is clickable, where the image gets much larger so you can see the stitch detail if you click on it. I thought you’d enjoy the close up.)

We had such a grand time together, that the class wanted a group photo. Here they are (also clickable):