Ok. I have been so wildly busy I have not been able to post until just now. So...
Who knew that the same group I made the silver stars for (see my March 9th post) would be a bunch of knitting maniacs? And I hadn't brought my knitting. Oy. So I was forced to watch while we all hung out, and saw scarves and socks growing while my own fingers just itched.
At one point I overheard a conversation...something about "fish lips." What? Huh? I just had to interrupt, and eventually heard they were talking about something called the "Fish Lips Kiss" heel pattern for knitting sock heels. Yes, you heard that right. It's not a typo. That's the name: The Fish Lips Kiss Heel method.
Well, really. With a name like that, who could resist finding out more? Thank you to Z and others who filled me in on this. I realize I may be the only person in the knitting community who has NOT heard of this method, but now I have. Apparently, the name comes from the fact that the heel looks a lot like our pooched-out squishy lips when we try to make fun of fish. (I mean, don't you spend a lot of time making fun of fish? No? What's wrong with you?) Or so I've been told...I haven't actually read this myself.
If you're curious. the pattern is only $1 and can be bought on Ravelry. And if you knit and you haven't heard of Ravelry, run...do not walk...over there. It's a fabulous resource for knitters and I even share rugs I've hooked. They serve crocheters as well, plus a bunch of other great things like a zillion specialty groups.
So after buying this $1 pattern about fish lips, I decided to try it on these socks:
Bear in mind I've had these socks underway for over a year. I've made a zillion socks and I've never been this stalled on a pair...not sure why, but now I have renewed ambition.
(Ahem...if you are noticing that I am avoiding the new rug hooking project, you are sadly correct. I will remedy that on Thursday as I'm too busy to confront my admitted intimidation before then.)
Part of the process involves making a cardboard pattern of one's foot, which I did this afternoon. I love this idea. I am a long way from reaching the heel, so I'll have to work at this for a bit and then I can try this new pattern. Stay tuned.
[NOTE: I love comments, so feel free to make 'em, especially if you've ever done a Fish Lips Kiss Heel. Or even if you haven't.]
I'm a textile artist (traditional rug hooking, punch needle rug hooking, and other textile arts), long-time meditator and coach, focused on learning about the interplay of art, creativity, and mindfulness every day.
NEXT INTRO TO ZENTANGLE CLASS:
My next Beginning Zentangle® class will be for a private group in October. That class is full.
I'll be teaching another beginning class at the Greenfield Community Center in the spring of 2019, date to be determined. They do not have a website so please call them for more information.
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SITES TO WATCH:
Insight Meditation Society
Oxford Rug Hooking School
Zentangle: The Official Site
Green Mountain Rug Hooking
Massachusetts Tarot Society