If you’re a knitter and/or a crocheter, I know you’re immersed in some kind of KAL/CAL. My track record for past KAL’s have been horrible. I usually drop out because the project gets frogged due to an ill-fitting part. However this year, I finally stepped it up and completed Candace’s Cookie Jar KAL! Yeah, those socks still need to have a photo shoot.
Anywho, I’m participating in a couple of KAL’s:
- Jessie/Oocha’s Watch Me WIP KAL
- Moira/moclell’s Stripy Socks KAL
- Andi/Mysistersknitter S is for…KAL/CAL
- Susan B. Anderson’s SosKAL
For the second, third, and fourth KAL Superman is entered:
Remember this yarn from my STITCHES West podcast? When my husband asks a couple of times, “How come you don’t knit me anything?”, I know he’s got to have a turn on the needles.
So I started the first one in time with the Stripy Socks KAL while we were in Seattle. I got up to the heel flap, determined to knit the Rose City Rollers pattern. However, I knew I was kind of being lazy knitting a slip stitch heel in striping yarn. For those of you nonknitters, the stripes are thicker as you knit the heel flap with a smaller number of stitches while for the rest of the socks, the stripes are thinner.
The frogs came. I then became inspired by Susan B. Anderson and Robyn/Teenybutton of Cherry Purls podcast who always knit an afterthought heel. An afterthought heel is like knitting a toe where the heel is supposed to go. So I looked for tutorials on Pinterest and checked out some Youtube videos. I thought I’d try Cat Bordhi’s technique but honestly, I felt lost.
Then Susan publishes her Smooth Operator Socks pattern and the light bulb goes on. I buy her pattern because it’s at a steal of a price just for now and now I have what I call guidance. She and I are both former teachers. One of our old sayings, “Why reinvent the wheel?”
You see that patch of peachy yarn in my WIP? That is waste yarn for the afterthought heel.
For Jesse and Andi’s KAL’s, this much belated, birthday gift is currently soaking in Eucalan:
Yes, this is the shawl in Pashmina, a sport weight yarn that is one step below what the original pattern uses and smaller needles. So I knitted a fourth section and had moved onto the fifth. However, I found out I wasn’t going to have enough yarn. Yesterday I frogged the fifth section, picked up and fixed the stitches, and then bound off.
Okay, I need to get moving on getting this to the blocking mat. It’s supposedly 102° outside. That’ll dry this shawl in a few hours.