First let me say that I am thrilled with this color combination. The Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Worsted in Tuscany is just a gorgeous colorway, and I love, love, love it. The deep chocolate brown is also simply beautiful. They go together really well, in my estimation, even though there isn’t really any chocolate brown in the Tuscany variegations.
So in my last post about these socks, I mentioned that I was going to do the cuff and toe in the brown. Rachel commented that I might even want to do a short row heel in the brown as well. I was in love with the idea, whose incarnations I have already drooled over here and here (next-to-last pic). The problem? I had never done a short row heel.
Of course that meant I simply had to try it. I love a challenge – and any excuse to cruise knitting-related blogs and websites. After much reading and looking at pics (and KH videos), I proceeded, specifically following these instructions, though in retrospect I think I could’ve done without the double wraps (which were a pain!).
Like most novice short rowers, I’ve had problems.
a bump on this side
Of course the heel isn’t my only problem. I didn’t do a short row toe, but my usual wedge one. Which meant I had my usual &*$% kitchener problems.
See that little gap at the very tip of the toe?
Still, I am so into this yarn and this color combo that I am overall happy with the sock. Even My Old Man, not usually one to comment on a WIP (unless I’m holding it right in his face demanding an opinion), told me it was cute. I’m going to have to order some more of this yarn, because now I seriously want a pair myself. I’m thinking toe-up next time. You know, because I love a challenge. And a way to avoid the kitchener!