This is the true color of the lake today: grey.
Arctic Summer: rain, wind and temperature 8 degrees.
So this is another good day to look down at the feet and the socks.
The truth can sometimes hurt. And be humiliating. And embarrassing. I don't know how many pairs of socks I have knit and yet the shape is not perfect. What can I say to defend myself? Could I blame the patterns? Really I could not. How the pattern writer was supposed to know that...
I'm a short person.
Not THAT short but on the short side any way. This means that my legs are short as well. Which again leads into the fact that the shaping; ankle, calf, fullest part of the calf, all this happens in the short of 41 cm's (just above 16") - in comparison to my daughter who has 50 cm's of space for the above shaping.
I have a big, BIG heel.
And that my bony feet, altogether some 24 cm's (little less than 10"), end up
in a toe that is HUGE, a real killer.
And she stands there all by herself always being the first and the only one who gets hit by the chairs or corners or vacuum cleaners. (At the very moment the left killer toe is black, to be honest, very dark purple, because she got under the vacuum cleaner yesterday, but only her.)
I should add this knowledge to the patterns and end up doing something like this:
If I'm making little anklets, like with 10 cm (4") cuffs I should do already some shaping along the way from the cast-on edge to the ankles. My circumference of the leg is bigger 10 cm's above the ankle compared to the circumference of the ankle. This I actually did in the Embossed Leaves Socks. I cast on 72 stitches and came down to 64 stitches while at the ankles. This shaping is necessary, otherwise I would cut off my circulation or have loose sock ankles, I don't want either of them.
The big heel. The heel flap has to be LONG to acommodate all of her. And the turning only at the very bottom. To be on the safer side maybe I should consider making what Nancy Bush calls a German Heel where you take additional stitches from the instep. I bet there would be enough room.
I have extra stuffing placed above the ankles and there is nothing but a row of bones at the feet. My gussets should not stop close to the heel but I should keep decreasing until reaching the actual toe shaping which should again be very, very long. I stress this. (Luckily I'm not the only one.)To give some additional space for the killer I should place the toe decreases on a longer stretch that is to have more rows between the decreasing.
This is what I should do. And it means that I have to study the patterns closer and find ways to transfer the alterations in a clever way. This is rocking my sock world. Like the wind outside is rocking the lonely hammock.
PS. The blogger did not want to upload the picture of the hammock. But the hammock is out there being wet by the rain and torn by the wind.