So, knit until about 1.5" before the end of the heel. You will be putting in scrap yarn to hold your stitches for the afterthought heel you will add at the end of this project. Supplementary information on afterthought heels can be found here. I just want to say, all hail Elizabeth Zimmermann, my personal knitting hero and (I believe) originator of the afterthought heel. Across the bottom stitches (no knitting pattern), knit a row with scrap yarn.
You will then treat these like normal stitches and continue knitting your socks as you would if they were not there. You will now knit pattern rows all the way around the socks, instead of just across the top. I began the next k2, p2 row in the middle of the back going forward. For the remainder of the socks, I treat this point as the beginning of every new row. Continue knitting in the established pattern until about 1" before you want the sock to end. Stop here, and then we will continue with my next post.
Quick post of a few things I am trying to find good homes for. I have more stuff than I have space, so I must re-examine my projects and pare them down to a reasonable size. Here is what I'm looking to place (pick-up only please):
1lb bags of superwash merino mill ends: $20/ea. I got them on ebay a few years ago and just haven't gotten around to them. By mill ends I mean not full roving - some thinner roving pieces and some shorter sections. All very spinnable.
Vintage Louet wheel with skein winder: $250 It is in solid working condition and should be a good wheel for many years to come. I just could never get used to the difference between it and my Victoria enough to enjoy using it. It's a very solid wheel. Yes, a bit dusty. It's been sitting around for a while... I will be at the Feb. 6th Nutmeg Spinners Guild meeting if anyone wants me to bring things to see before deciding to purchase.
So, I knit a sock and thought you might like to come along for the journey of making the second. The tip is fairly blunted, as I have wide paws. The yarn I used is Chirapa, a sport weight, merino wool yarn in colorway Mars Spirit. I got it on super-sale at the Webs after Christmas sale (wow, do I ever love big yarn sales). I used an afterthought heel construction, which we'll go over in the process of knitting up the matching sock.
So, lets begin! You will need -
5 DP size 3 needles
300ish yds of yarn appropriate for the size needles (I less than one ball of the Chirapa, but more than a half)
I then knit one round, putting 7 stitches on each needle.
As this is a fairly blunt toe, there will only be 4 increasing rounds, for a total of 11 stitches on each needle, or 44 stitches. I use kfb (knit front & back) when increasing on socks and mittens to avoid little holes. So, as in the diagram below, the pattern will be:
Knit 1 round (which we just did when we knit around to put stitches on 4 needles)
Kfb, Knit until there are two stitches left, kfb, k1. Repeat on the other side for a total of 4 increases
Repeat these two rows until there are a total of 44 stitches
Making Tacos is easy. Of course, I grew up in Vermont, so I am not sure how authentic they are. I am sure that they are quite yummy, and not terribly unhealthy (at least the way I make them). Plus, you can get two very tasty meals out of one batch of taco meat. Here is what you will need:
20ish oz ground meat (I use turkey, but beef, pork, etc. will work too)
1 large to 1 large & 1 medium onion (adding more onion is a great way to stretch the meal)
2T Chilli Powder
Ground/finely dice garlic (more is better!)
Small can of Tomato Paste
Salt and Hot Pepper Flakes to taste
All of these are approximate measurements. This is about what tastes good to you, so taste while cooking and adjust as you deem necessary. Just keep the oregano amount small, because it can taste bitter in larger quantities.
1 - Put a bit of olive oil in the pan, and heat to medium. Dice onions and begin cooking. 2 - Add ground meat and cook until onions are transparent and meat is browned.
3 - If you have whole cumin seeds, add a few pinches now.
4 - If you have dried peppers (which is always a good idea at the end of summer) put them in a bag and crush them. When you don't use the bag, it burns anytime you touch somewhere sensitive (yeah, personal experience here...).
5 - Add the spices. We really like cumin, and probably use more than a tablespoon. Figure out how much you like, and go with it!
6 - Add garlic and tomato paste and stir it all together. It wouldn't hurt to add another splash of olive oil here too if you wanted.
7 - If you are using hard taco shells, heat the oven to 350 degrees. Put shells on a cookie sheet - preferably with slightly raised sides. Spoon just enough filling into each shell to fill the bottom. You should only need a good sized spoonful. The filling has a lot of flavor, and you want room for toppings, so you don't need too much! Bake at 350 degrees for about 15minutes.
8 - Fill with lots and lots of yummy stuff. Be prepared to gobble them down.
Now, put away all the extra filling you don't use. What you want to do is make up a rice-bean mixture (1.5C rice, 1 can black beans, 1t cumin, salt and hot pepper flakes to taste), and when it is cooked, stir in the remaining filling. Serve with taco fillings (lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, etc.), and enjoy because it is damn yummy.
In one of the blogs I subscribe to, TECHknitting, I saw a reference to knitting sheaths and belts. I had no idea what the writer was talking about, so had to spend the three seconds to google the term. Very interesting! I think I want one.