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Turning The Heel… With YOs?

Now that Hurricane Irene has come and gone, I need to focus on turning the heel on these socks.  But first… everyone ok after all that rain and wind?  Electricity back on?  We lost power for only 4½ hours this morning… PPL, you totally rock.  Really.

So, I’m working on a sock pattern that I got as a freebie on Ravelry.  The Norfolk Ramblers pattern by Emma Haigh is beautiful, a little challenging, and perfectly suited to the yarn I’m using – Alpaca with a Twist’s Socrates.  Now granted, I’m not exactly a sock-knitting expert, but the heel instructions are unlike any I’ve tried before.  Instead of slipping the first stitch to get your working yarn on the right-hand side, it says to do a YO, then purl the rest of the way across.  I’m sure that this works… but I haven’t figured out how yet.  I’ve already ripped the heel back once, I really don’t want to do that again, but it’s inevitable, I fear, because… well… why a YO????  Why?????

I hope mine look like this when I'm done.

Anyone have any ideas on this one?

 

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So Far So Good.

Since I last posted, I’m happy to say that I’m a much happier, more content knitter.  There’s been a few changes for me, the biggest being a move to a new department at work.  The job is harder now, but it was a good move for me because I’m learning a LOT from my boss, a Java expert and ex-Army sergeant.  Sometimes I need a kick in the pants to get going – my boss graciously obliges!

And I’ve been knitting:

I finished the cashmere cable scarf:

My first cable project - yay me!

I made a Spectrum Scarf… for myself.  I knit this 2 years ago for a friend to give to his wife for Christmas, and since I had leftover yarn… well, now I have one.  Then I made another – same lace pattern, slightly different use of color:

Cream and navy yarn held throughout gives this scarf a beautiful pebbly look.

I started on a pair of socks, for me… :

This is a pattern called Norfolk Ramblers. Clearly I haven't gotten very far yet.

… because I’m waiting for a special order of yarn to arrive so I can start this:

Lace Jacket by designer Iris Schreier. Featured in the Fall 2011 edition of Vogue Knitting.

That lace jacket?  Not for me.  I’m knitting that for a good friend.

So in summary, things are good.  Next up:  the annual Knitter’s Day Out conference in Enola, PA.  I’m taking classes in Shadow Knitting and Basic Crochet, and there are a few items on my Wish List that I’m hoping to find at the event’s Marketplace.  I don’t know about you, but I’m definitely looking forward to Fall.

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