NJ Trans(kn)it

As the title implies, I knit a lot on NJ Transit this weekend. Sven and I went to what I am referring to as a baby-warming, where I met the wee recipient of some recent FOs. More accurately, it was a picnic in South Meadow Reservation.

Both there and back I had the chance to knit on the train. These NJ Transit trains remind me a lot of SEPTA trains I took in Philly, and the older, single-decker MBTA Commuter Rail rolling stock. They're all probably the same model of car. I didn't, however, take any photos. We made both of these trains by the skin of our teeth, (the only reason we caught the train back into Penn Station was that it was late arriving in South Orange) and I didn't want a picture of an especially tired and disheveled Subway Knitter gracing these here pages.

The sock, however, is anything but disheveled.


Yup, I got through the heel. If you cruised around the above-mentioned Philadelphia posts, you'll come to one where I lament the concentration required for knitting a short-row heel. I still find that to be the case. Usually, I use Priscilla Gibson Roberts heel instructions, but mine are (guess) in storage. So, because I want to branch out a little bit, I found Wendy's short-row heel instructions. I'm not doing a toe-up socks, but these instructions still work. I didn't decide to knit a Wendy pattern this time, so I might as well incorporate some of her technical advice in these socks.

Wendy doesn't do the backwards yarn-over thingie favored by PGR. If you're intimidated by that (Really, there's no need to be. It's easy, you just don't think that you're doing it properly the first time that you try it. Tutorial here.)

Two things to say about Wendy's instructions. They're easier, and they're not easier. They're much easier to stop mid-heel and resume knitting at a later time (perfect for yours truly). Gone is the dreaded K3Tog TBL (again, not so hard, once you get the hang of it). But they're not easier because they seem a bit fiddly in the beginning. But then, so does just about everything that's knitting. Once I remembered the suggested way to pick up a wrapped stitch, I was absolutely fine.

Although, I seem to remember that Vogue Knitting teaches you to pick up the wraps differently for purl and knit stitches. So that's what I did. It might explain the slightly different appearance of each side of the heel.


and the other:


Welcome to my world- i take that same train line to work and knit on it daily.

i'm a big fan of the psso method for short row heels. i highly recommend it!

Hey - you were in my hood! The Reservation is .5 miles from my parent's house, everytime I go home we take the dogs and kids and go hiking in there.

You were practically in my back yard! I love it up there...and what a sunny weekend. :)

Oh...love the yarn you are using for your socks!

I'd like to find a new short-row technique, too... but I've gotten so used to PGR's way. Must branch out! The sock looks lovely.

I'd like to find a new short-row technique, too... but I've gotten so used to PGR's way. Must branch out! The sock looks lovely.

I'm with Gleek--the PSSO method is what finally got me hooked on socks. Wrapped stitches and turned heels were so hard in the beginning. Now I can do regular turned heels, but still hate (change that to don't like) picking up the stitches. The PSSO thing gets rid of the different look on the left and right side, too.
It's a very pretty sock, BTW.

I've found that the PSSO is the best for me as well.


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