Turning around

Well, I didn’t run out of yarn.

And though the bursts of color were sometimes “patchy,” I wouldn’t say the yarn pooled hideously.

I am very impressed with the roomy instep created by the Foxglove Master Pattern. It will be a blessing for grandma’s ankles. I wonder if she’ll like the fit of these socks any more than the others I’ve knit for her (remember: grandma claims every pair is her favorite).

And while I still have trouble following Ms. Bordhi’s “grammar,” if you will, I’m starting to feel more positive about the book as a whole. For instance, the directions for making short rows – wrapping and then picking up the wraps – are worth their weight in gold (p. 14-15). I followed them exactly, even though they were a bit different than everything else I’ve seen, and ended up with the most gorgeous, even, inconspicuous short rows ever.

I know you can’t see anything from that picture – I’m sorry! It’s the colorful yarn and the fact that some of those stitches are slipped. I can’t wait to use Cat’s technique the next time I have to make short rows, and I’ll show you more clearly then.


Also noteworthy: the way the heel flap is formed is pretty amazing. It doesn’t leave even a hint of a hole anywhere… there just isn’t an opportunity to make holes even if you wanted to do so!


26 thoughts on “Turning around

  1. SpaceCase

    I agree with you 100% about the book – it’s a little difficult to follow, a little “here and there” with directions. But I did a little dance when I made a practice sock and I was able to hide the wraps and had no holes at the heels. Fabulous! And those are lovely socks!

  2. Julia

    I love the book, but struggle with the “grammar,” too. Cat Bordhi reminds me of Annie Modesitt in a way. Both seem to be trying to create a more universal way to write instructions, that I can’t for the life of me understand!!! Great women and great thinkers, but challenging to follow. I do love Bordhi’s short rows, though. Very smart. I can’t wait to make a pair of socks from it!

  3. Shawnee

    The socks are wonderful! As soon as I finish my S(p)ocks, I’m going to re-visit Cat’s book and give that pattern a try. Wishing you (and yours) a Happy & Merry One, Kathy!

  4. Sandy

    Last night i woke up in the middle of the night because I had been struggling with one of Cat’s patterns before bed and I suddenly truly understood it–and realized I was thinking about sock construction in an entirely different way. I have been going through the book making infant socks, but plan an adult one. Unfortunately I had already made the leg of the sock too long to use Cat’s sky pattern, so i finished it traditionally, but I could see where I should have ended it and that I would do some practice toe up and toe down socks from her book to see just how long I should make complicated patterns (this cuff/calf was entrelac and i got carried away) before starting her sky expansion and heel. The infant socks have been perfect–no holes, no funky wraps–. I think you have to just knit it and experience it. I agree her language can be confusing. But it is now becoming my favorite sock book. Am going to try using it with a friend who has never knit a sock. She loves to understand her knitting and I think will do better with this book having no sock preconceptions at all.

    It is when i think it should be “a different way” that i have gotten in trouble with this book

  5. tulokyn

    I lovelovelove Cat’s short row instructions. I thought I had some pretty good directions from the last short row toe/heeled sock that I did, but this wock that I’m working on now is just perfect.

    I’m working on Ridgelines, and the roomy instep is just perfect for me too. All my other socks stretch across the instep on my foot and I always just thought it was part of the deal. No more.

  6. Jocelyn

    Those are great socks. I’ve been dithering about getting that book, but that’s a pretty strong testimonial! (no holes in the heels, man — that’s good enough right there!)

  7. Cirilia Rose

    Cat Bordhi owes you a debt of gratitude because I was completely against this book (like the Yarn Harlot I thought, “why complicate something so pure?”) but after seeing that heel I’m SOLD! Thanks =)

  8. Nicky

    I was just having issues with wraps and holes at the side of heels, so now I must add this book to my wish list. Thanks for the tips and I hope the fit suits grandma.

  9. E to the M

    Is it bad that I want the holidays to be over so I can cast on a sock from this book? I’ve had it for a little while now but I just haven’t had the opportunity.

    I love the socks and I’m sure they’ll be a new favorite.

  10. Judy

    Several years ago I learned to knit socks on 2 circs, my first socks ever, from her book, and I just blindly followed what she said. I plan to do the same when I try the new sock architectures in the new book! Like the above posters, when I think too much, I get into trouble! 😉

  11. Cassandra

    I really appreciate your review of her book. I never gave it a second thought, but those short rows are freaking awesome! No unintended holes? Wow! This post brings out the knitting geek in me!

  12. PaulaRed

    I have the book, and have NEVER knit socks before, so maybe without any preconceptions, it will be easier for me to understand the instructions? I have to admit that I am not sure how to follow the instructions though, things jump around so much. I’ve been working on trying to figure it out for a month or so.

    Great work as usual. I am a 3 year lurker and admirer of your work, grumperina, and your writing style is wonderful. Thanks for all the inspiration, humor, detail and as a fellow scientist, I appreciate your pursuit of truth in knitting! Have a great holiday season and new year.

  13. Debbie

    The sock is really pretty. Your grandma will love it. I’m glad you mentioned the book again. I have been needing some help with the wrap-and-turn technique. Maybe, the book will help!

  14. Suna

    I completely concur about the short row wraps information–that made the book worthwhile for me. My baby socks looked so perfect I felt like they weren’t worth a mere “baby.” I have used the technique on other socks now, too, and think I will now make a LOT more short-row heels!

    I just hate having to flip around in the book to find some magic number or read a technique, but now that I know some of the techniques (made 3 different baby socks), maybe that won’t be so bad.

    Have a cool Yule and thanks for all the blogging!

  15. raquel

    I’m getting ready to put my order for this book !!!

    A question: what yarn and needles did you use? My grandma also has big ankles, so this would be a good pattern for her.

    Have a Happy New Year!!!!

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