That seems to me a most extraordinary coincidence, Barbara M and Grannypurple, that you should meet on the Queen Mary II like that. I have about 300 readers a day – it’s not as if I were Franklin or Queer Joe. Go figure, as they say.
And it was interesting, too, to learn that Good King Henry is growing at the Cloisters. Those people at Plymouth-spelled-funny never did answer my email about the taste. (They were quoted in the NY Times as saying it is bland. It is not.) Mine is doing splendidly, by the way. Pests from slugs on up to deer clearly recoil from it like Kristie from a lima bean. And cooking it with spices is the way forward.
My mother said once that she was glad to have been born late enough in history to travel by air. I rejoice, on the contrary, to have come along early enough to have travelled from
to Europe and back by sea when that was the
way everybody did it.
Well. I got badly stuck on that Reverse French Heel last night, and am at the moment somewhat less far forward than I was at this time yesterday. I blame Schurch and Parrott whose Sock Knitter’s Handbook I am following slavishly. I think they’ve got something wrong here.
Essentially, one begins with the gussets; then one turns the heel; then one knits the flap. The reverse of the top-down procedure.
Two things are peculiar about the instructions.
1) After the gusset increases, they have you put most of the stitches on holders and turn the heel on the remaining 16 (of 64). When that is done, and you are ready to start the heel flap, you suddenly “work across instep stitches in established pattern”. What about those holders? This is a trivial complaint – I used a very short circular to hold the stitches, and knit across without difficulty.
2) You work the heel flap by knitting across and doing an SSK with the first stitch on the holder, and then purling back and doing p2tog with the first stitch on the other holder. Well and good. But it says to go on doing that “until you have 1 st left on each holder”. Wouldn’t that mean that the entire sock now consists of the 30-stitch heel flap?
My thought last night when I got to that point was, this is too much for me, I’ll do a peasant heel (= EZ’s “afterthought heel”, I think). So I ripped back to where the gusset increases began, and then got bogged down on the question of how long to make the foot, previous calculations having been based on a different heel.
I’ve done some Googling this morning. Answers are not abundant. Some websites just do the heel in the usual way, upside down. (Schurch and Parrott mention that possibility.) My own totally useless blog post of yesterday comes on the first Google page. But I found this, and this. – Judy Gibson’s solution.
I don’t know what I’m going to do.