Archive for September 6, 2016


Afterthought Lifeline

The Daily Skein

Having ripped back on a number of projects recently, I’ve been thinking a lot about mistakes. Some mistakes are easy to fix, involving just a single stitch or maybe three or four. Or there are the mistakes that require you to rip back rows and rows of knitting. In detailed lace knitting, knitters will thread a lifeline every few rows or every pattern repeat. A lifeline goes through a specific row of stitches so that when you have to rip back, you know which row you’re on and it’s easy to put the stitches back on the needles.

Well, most of us usually don’t put in lifelines as we’re knitting. I sometimes think about it and then am too lazy to do it. So what I end up using is what I call the afterthought lifeline. Like an afterthought heel, it’s put in after the fact to save you from…

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They are finished finally!! They are too big unfortunately. I am gonna wear them anyway! I know where I messed up, which was when I was knitting the foot length. I made it 8 inches before I started the heel because I was going to do the FLK heel, and folks told me to start it when the foot was 2 inches shorter than the total length of my foot. When that didn’t pan out for me I didn’t take the extra 2 inches back to where I normally start my heels at 6 inches. I just kept going. Well the Fleegle heel knits up to about 3-1/2 inches once completed, which made the foot a total of 11-1/2 inches. My foot is 10 inches long from my longest toe to the back of my heel/ankle. Does anyone have a quick fix for this dilemma that doesn’t involve taking it all out and doing the heel and leg all over again? As I said above, I am gonna wear them anyway. I would like it if they fit better.

I used a hand dyed yarn from an independent dyer. Her shop is called Fluffy’s Fibers on Etsy.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/Fluffysfibers?ref=hdr_shop_menu

I think she did a great job!

Anyway, I did a simple stockinette pattern to let the yarn do its thing with the self-striping that it was designed to do. I did knit the top with a 1-1/2 inch 2 x 2 rib. I am excited to be done with them so that I can wear them! Yay!

Hope you like them!!

 

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