Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Winter Olympics

So, the winter Olympics are over for another four years and once again I am in awe of, and horrified by the event.  I am in awe of all those wonderful young people who work their guts out for a chance to represent their countries with very little monetary support for most of them.  I am horrified at the media's attitude that it's all about the medals.  Of course, it's great to win, and being a true blue Canadian, the men's and women's gold medals in curling and hockey are wonderful, but no athlete should apologize if they don't win gold.  It's all too sad.  I am also struck by the sheer bloated spectacle that both summer and winter Olympics have become.  The amount of money involved with Sochi is beyond my imagination.  Anyway, rant is over.  (and, of course, I did watch!)

With the Olympic couch potato event that I was involved in, I was able to get stuck into some knitting.  We have one TV and that's at the other end of the house from my sewing room, so I had very little sewing output!

I decided to try a new sock technique for heels called the Fish Lips Kiss Heel by Sox Therapist on Ravelry.  I tried the toe up method a few times, but it didn't really click, and this method advertised that there was no picking up heel flap stitches and no holes left in the corners, so I tried it.  Very interesting! It's kind of  hard (no, impossible) to twist myself into the appropriate position to show the heel, but you can see it doesn't have the heel flap.

That's better!  Now you can see that there's nothing except a line of stitching to show the heel, with perhaps the only negative thing being the colour pooling.  But I figure no one but me will see that! I'd be curious to hear from anyone else who has used this technique.

It's still doing a lot of this, but the days are lighter and longer, so spring must be somewhere.

My faithful companion is still up for anything I do, although right now she's doing some Olympic snoring as she naps by my feet! The amount of whistling and snorkelling that an old dog can broadcast is amazing.

Sometimes it's hard to remember that she's ten, but other days her back end is weak and it makes me sad. But, she is a happy dog and she has the best life a dog can have.


  1. Ah, this reminds of my mum and her winter knitting. We all miss the mitt and sock supply! She could not do plain. It had to be striped or some kind of check.

  2. I agree with you! I hope to knit socks someday. Yours looks great!

  3. A hug across cyberspace for the snow and the cold. The heel is very charming -- but is it sturdy? I'm sticking with my good ol' 'Dutch heel' even if I do have to pick up stitches. Never had a problem with holes. (grin) Glad to see another Margaret Who Knits... :-)

  4. OMG! You can knit. I'm in awe of anyone who can knit. I tried it once......only once.....I'll take a sewing machine any day! Great looking socks!.....donna

  5. Amen to your remarks about the Olympics, your dog is fortunate to be where he can grow old in comfort, and your sock is very nice. Now I will go and see whether this heel is any better than Cat Bordhi's Sweet Tomato heel (currently my favorite).

  6. Love the post! Reb is looking mighty in this photo. Also, the socks are gorge! xx

  7. You're socks are coming along nicely. I've usually used the method where you pick up stitches along the side of the heel (no idea what it's called). I'd be interested in hearing how this method stands up to a little wear and tear.

    I hope you're staying warm and spring starts soon. ;)

  8. Looks like a super pair of socks in the making.