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.
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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
Skillful Meditation Project