Your first impulse might be that I am a Duke fan. Not so. I am a spiral notebook fan. It is a sickness. When I taught high school, I wrote a lot of recommendations for students, but I charged for them. If you got into that school, you owed me a spiral notebook with the school name when you came home on vacation. I got lots of them and loved each one. I love them when they have no writing in them—except the note the student often left. Plain white paper is a favorite. I actually have been known to stroke the stuff. Enough about my psychosis except to say that Paul, my SIL, knows about this. So when he took his family to Durham for a Duke game during Christmas, he and Zachary brought me the above.
He should have. Look what else he brought me over Christmas.
I remembered reading about Elizabeth Zimmerman’s replaceable heel somewhere, sometime. I researched starting with my favorite sock reference, Folk Socks by Nancy Bush. Yep, in the first chapter or so is a section about various sock heels. The Peasant heel is what I needed. Sort of. I think.
This is heel that you knit the same way you knit a toe. So I threaded a needle and wove waste yarn through all the stitches surrounding the heel. Then I cut the old heel away and picked out the stitches. Turns out I had a lot more stitches on the sole than on the instep. This sock is so old I have no idea what I was trying to do or why the stitch difference, but I do know how to get rid of stitches——-K2TOG.
I attached a new sock yarn from my treasured scrap basket and knit one row around the huge hole I had created. As I knit across the sole, I decreased evenly 12 stitches. This may present a big problem but I’m going with it–at least for now.
Plan A is to knit a toe but to decrease the stitches at a slower rate. I will report.
I even named a design after him which has a fantastic sole concept to support your feet. He is special.