Ack. Short Rows.

I know learning new things is good for me. It’s supposed to stretch my brain and keep my mind nimble. My green striped sock pattern is a toe-up version with a short row heel. I have never tried this before, and I’m beginning to see why. Now, I like the idea of doing the socks from the toe up. You can just knit till your yarn is half gone without doing all that guessing as to whether there will be enough to get the second sock done. I keep reminding myself that I wasn’t so hot at doing flap heels and gussets either, the first several times I did it. I’ve only ripped this sucker back once so far, but we shall see. It’s really not a difficult concept once you try it and just follow the freaking directions. Here are some pictures:



Let me tell you, I’m not feeling very guru-ish right at the moment, despite what this quiz says.

Knitting Guru
You appear to be a Knitting Guru. You love knitting
and do it all the time. While finishing a piece
is the plan, you still love the process, and
can’t imagine a day going by without giving
some time to your yarn. Packing for vacation
involves leaving ample space for the stash and
supplies. It can be hard to tell where the yarn
ends and you begin.

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If I sound cranky, I’m not really. It’s actually fun to do something new, even if it is a bit fidgety at first.

I promised Norma a picture from my yard the next time the sun was shining. I figured I better not wait till April to do this, so here’s one with the sun NOT shining. This is from our back deck.


Note that there is actually some blue sky there!


Ack. Short Rows. — 8 Comments

  1. Really nice picture. You must enjoy knitting on your deck and looking at the water. Good luck on your socks. I do mine toe up with real heels and gussets. You could challenge yourself to do two at a time…

  2. hey ๐Ÿ™‚ fantASTIC picture!! I think I would love to live where you live ๐Ÿ™‚ Out of curiosity, so you still have plans to knit up a Rogue in Snowberry? I have the same yarn and I keep SAYING I’m gonna do it…

  3. ps – short rows ARE a B%$^H! hee. For some odd reason, they felt easier the first time I did it. The second time I was DEFINATELY muttering under my breath and cursing the socks.
    I think once you get the hang of it though, it’s cool, and they look WAY nicer than flap heels (in my opinion!!)
    Yours look like they’re shaping up nicely ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Hang in there – you’ll get it. I really didn’t like the first few I did and now prefer it. and I really, really like toe-up socks. Beautiful picture – as a fellow Pacific Northwesterner I agree with the adage “God may not live here, but it is where he takes his vacations.”

  5. Love the view, and your sock is coming along great! I love short row heels, as I really hate the way gusset and flap heels fit. Always feels like the sock is bunched up. You’ll get it and before long you’ll be able to do it without even thinking about it! I found a lot of great tips by googling for short row heels. Good luck!

  6. Hi,
    If I could learn to knit reverse gusset-and-heel-flap heels for toe up socks this month, I am sure you can get the hang of short rows. I have given them up, though, after discovering reverse gusset- etc. in Judith Rehfledt’s Toe Up Techniques for Handknit Socks booklet.