Only with winter-patience can we bring
The deep-desired, long-awaited spring.

[Anne Morrow Lindbergh]

HeelYesterday, I shoveled some more snow, drew some more flowers for an illustration job (nice counterpoint to shoveling snow), and turned the sock heel with a technique I’d not tried before.

Marilyn B. commented on the Design-1 post that stranded knitting makes her socks last longer. I find this to be true too—especially if I use a yarn that felts the strands on the inside as you wear the sock—so I decided to work a stranded heel. Had I worked a heel with a flap, this would have been a matter of working back and forth with the two colors. Then I could have switched back to the red to pick up stitches along the sides of the flap and decrease for the gusset. That didn’t dawn on me until I had finished the heel turn. Duh.

Instead, I worked the heel I usually use, and did the stranding with intarsia in the round. The red yarn makes a complete round and the grey yarn goes back and forth. Once I figured it out, it wasn’t hard to do. It is like working a puzzle. I did the check because it made it easier to purl the grey back to where it needed to be. Tomorrow, the foot and toe.

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