Sock Heels

Heidelberg, the last of the three Army Hospitals here in Germany changed command today. The outgoing commander is a long standing friend. Normally, one of the Army bands provides music. But they are on block leave. A CD over the loud speakers cuts it for somethings, but not the national anthems, not at this level. End result is that I volunteered the oldest teen to sing one or both anthems as needed. One of the other command members took the US anthem, leaving her with the German (no sweat, 12 years in the German system should be good for something). She was a bit startled to find that this was more than just a couple of hundred people, but performed beautifully.

The formation on the field coming to attention


The passing of the flag –


And the rain held off all morning.


Now, the question is sock heels. I can knit them multiple ways, but the actual surface of the heel flap…. it can be stockinette, or hearts across, or a single heart on the side.

I have checked my sockpal’s site, she has done a number of garter short row heels, so I don’t think she would be totally against texture. Another thought would be to use the hearts to mark left and right feet, since I normally make left and right socks, rather than generic. In either case, this does make the heel bulkier than otherwise. Padding might or might not be welcome.

How do you feel about any patterning on your heel flap? What would you want if these were coming to you?


Sharyn McCrumb with Once Around the Track has done for NASCAR what she did for SciFi with Bimbo’s of the Death Sun (1988) and Zombies of the Gene Pool (1992). She portrays the culture and the people. I am sure that many of her subtle and not so subtle pokes and charactures of the players are even funnier to those immersed in stock car racing. From the little I remember of sports car racing in the fifties, she is accurate. Recommend all of the above as good reads. (Note, the current book is clever and good, but not in the same league with the Edgar Poe winning Bimbos).

Not to forget the begging weredog, who knows she is cute.


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About Holly

fiber person - knitter, spinner, weaver who spent 33 years being a military officer to fund the above. And home. And family. Sewing and quilting projects are also in the stash. After living again in Heidelberg after retiring (finally) from the U.S. Army May 2011, we moved to the US ~ Dec 2015. Something about being over 65 and access to health care. It also might have had to do with finding a buyer for our house. Allegedly this will provide me a home base in the same country as our four adult children, all of whom I adore, so that I can drive them totally insane. Considerations of time to knit down the stash…(right, and if you believe that…) and spin and .... There is now actually enough time to do a bit of consulting, editing. Even more amazing - we have only one household again. As long as everyone understands that I still, 40 years into our marriage, don't do kitchens or bathrooms. For that matter, not being a golden retriever, I don't do slippers or newspapers either. I don’t miss either the military or full-time clinical practice. Limiting my public health/travel med/consulting and lecturing to “when I feel like it” has let me happily spend my pension cruising, stash enhancing (oops), arguing with the DH about where we are going to travel next and book buying. Life is good!
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5 Responses to Sock Heels

  1. Marit says:

    Those soldiers looks barefooted….
    well done of your daughter to sing.
    And I’d definitely go for texture on the heel-the pattern looks beautiful,and it would make them a bit different from most socks.

  2. Ruth says:

    I think patterning and making the socks left and right will make them that much more special for the recipient. As to which pattern, I think the hearts accross would be the winner for me.

  3. linda says:

    I love a special touch of a design on the heal.

    Are those soldiers barefoot?

  4. Emmie says:

    Patterned heels depend on whether your pal plans to wear the socks with socks that have closed heels. I’d wear socks with hearts on the heels with mules or clogs, but not with closed back shoes because I’d worry about wear mussing up the pattern. I say go for it!!

  5. Kristen says:

    Love the patterning! I say go for a patterned heel, it will add something special!

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