Turning the heel…..

Step 1:  Knitting the heel flap!  A reinforced one to be precise, and what fun it is to slip one knit one for 36 rows!

Step 2:  Turning the heel and learning a new skill!  Picking up stitches.

I spent the afternoon with Mum today, knitting socks at Karori Flower Shop, learning some new skills…. there is nothing like learning a new skill, it makes me feel awesome.  I remember a post by the lovely Penelope about what she calls the Knit Factor, and I totally get it!  You can read that post HERE…. 

I’ve been loving reading your comments about sock knitting, it seems there are a lot of closet sock knitters out there in the world!  Thank you for your feedback and kind words!  It’s obvious to those of you who have been following my blog for a while now, that I’ve lately been doing more knitting than crochet…  I love crochet of course, but now that I have a house full of crochet, I’m feeling compelled to expand my skills in other directions, mostly knitting and felting.  I’ve had some comments lately about this, and it makes me wonder which direction Crochet with Raymond is heading in the future… I love blogging, while it does take up an enormous amount of time and energy, the connections with lovely people around the world make it worthwhile.  Apart from the odd misplaced comment, I get sooooooooooooo much lovely feedback which keeps me motivated and inspired.  As this is turning into a knitting AND crochet blog I’ve been wondering whether to start a different blog with a different name which might reflect where I’m at and what I’m blogging about, but I just don’t think I’m ready for that, I quite like Crochet with Raymond, so for now I’m going to keep on with what I’m doing, which is exploring the world of yarn, and I’m loving it!  It seems that people still like coming to visit though, in my first month of blogging (May 2010) I had 313 hits, and in this last month (March 2011) I’ve had 93,000 hits, which just blows my mind, and I hope you’re all enjoying yourself when you visit Raymond and me.

Anyway, enough babbling about my mid-blog crisis, I’ve got socks to knit!

Wishing you a beautiful day!

Love Alice and Raymond XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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I'm a crochet obsessed, reiki master, crystal healing, yoga junkie, counselling student, in a happy long term relationship... and Raymond's mum!
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57 Responses to Turning the heel…..

  1. Michelle says:

    I found your blog through Attic24 and I read it regularly. I am fairly new to crochet and knitting, and love reading blogs of like-minded people around the world to see what they have created.
    I also really appreciate the way, and other bloggers, take the time to do tutorials – these have proved invaluable to me when I’ve been stuck on certain crochet terms.
    So thank you! x

  2. Bimbi says:

    Hi Alice, seeing the pictures of the heel reminds me how to do it. It’s been such a long time since I knitted socks! I always find them a bit thick for shoes.
    Continuity is important and you have such a following that I reckon sticking with this blog might be the way to go. Why shouldn’t you blog about non-crochet stuff? It’s all yarn related, but you could adjust your header with a little sub-title.
    Enjoy your day, here it’s raining :(
    Bimbi

    • Karen says:

      Bimbi this is a really good idea as so many people know the name of this wonderful site with Alice, Raymond and KB already xxx

  3. Julie says:

    I recently was direrected to your blog and have enjoyed a couple of visits here

    This post did make me smile, i wrote a very similar one last year. My blog was a stitching blog and i was doing more knitting so changed the name to ‘Stitchyknitter’ then i learnt to crochet late last year and asked just the same question “do i change the name again?” and decided no, the name is not important its the content and if it appeals to readers.

    I learnt to knit socks on 4 pins last year and the joy of it is unbelievable, hubby now sports 4 pairs of wonderful handmade socks, the start of many i think!

    Happy sock knitting and crocheting

  4. Louise says:

    I certainly didn’t have a clue where blogging would lead when I started. What I am certain of is that my blog is just that, mine. Only you can decide where you go with the content. I’m still reading and I am not a knitter. 93000 people per month cannot be bad. Well done and thank you.

  5. Debbs says:

    Hi Alice – ah phoooey to the blog police!!! It’s your blog, your name choice and people would come visit whether you’re making coats for ants out of belly button fluff or calling it “Changing tyres up a mountain with Raymond”!!!! Life’s tooooooo short – crochet, knit, belly dance I don’t mind – I like your writing, I like your creations and don’t get jealous, I Love Raymond! If you were thinking of a name change you could just change it to Creating with Raymond, but like I said phooey to that!!! Have a great day – have you had a look at those sites I told you about? Melody does posts about (whispers) gardening – I KNOW! on a site called Fibermania – outrageous, quick, someone call the blog police!!!!!!LOL xxxx

    • Karen says:

      Debbs i soooooo agree with you and you really made me laugh!!!! have a happy day, Karen (UK)

      • Debbs says:

        Hi Karen, glad you like my sense of humour!!! Laughter is the best medicine – if you’re the same Karen from below, hope you’re feeling better – if not, well 2 Karens’ smiling is a bonus! Spent all morning looking for a blog on ant belly button coats, but alas no luck – jeeez where’s have all the creative blogs gone? I think I’ll sit down and write a letter…..Dear Blog Police, why oh why oh why……..?????? xx

    • zooperson says:

      Amen to Debbs’ comments

  6. Felicity from Down Under says:

    Thank you, Alice and Raymond (and KB, I guess) for sharing your love of all things yarn with us fortunate folk out her in blogland. Like Bimbi, I think that a subtitle would be the answer; you don’t need another site to maintain!! I visited your Mum’s blog; fabulous. Wish I lived a little closer.

  7. Dorothy says:

    Those socks look gorgeous Alice – good on you for tackling those dpn’s …. something I’ve not been able to accomplish yet. Oh, by the way, I visited your mother’s blog the other day – you’re doing a great job on that too. I don’t think Raymond would be impressed if you changed the name of his blog.

  8. val says:

    Hi – I found you blog a short while ago while looking for a crochet tea cozy. Its a fun blog to read, … good on you for branching out with your yarn skills.

  9. Patricia says:

    Hello, Your socks look beautiful. I was wondering where you got the hat pattern for the hat you just finished. I would really appreciate the info. Thank you.

  10. miek says:

    hello Alice,
    i have changed to from x-stitch to crochet, and now you (and only you) are trying to let me make socks too, because they are beautiful and i want that too.
    you shouldnt change your blog name, everybody in blogland knows you and it is lovely/fasinating/inspiring to see how someone evolves in craftwork.
    you have made so many beautiful crochetwork (witch a lot of people still learning from) that you should keep things together in one blog if i where you.
    it shows how you are, so keep going on, i would say!!!
    and after all, where would Raymond go? i`ll know he drifts off a lot and wanders away but hee, give a man a resting place and he loves you forever :-)

  11. Debbs says:

    Alice, another quickie – for a “mockumentary” called ‘woolly bullies’ that will make you laugh go see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZcUjYpjKZs I literally cried with laughter! x

    • Penny says:

      That ‘mockumentary’ is priceless! Still giggling, and still laughing at the fact that from the comments some people thought it was for real!

    • Karen says:

      So brilliant!!! i just got home from hospital (ouch) and first thing was check on Alice!! and Debbs this has really taken my mind off pain, it’s very well done too! but make sure you keep watching after the credits tho!!! xxxx

    • Debbs says:

      Hi Girls, glad you enjoyed the giggle – everytime I watch it I hear another gem

      “Granny square – It’s a patch – join the Boy Scouts!
      Cave men didn’t need doilies!
      Am I supposed to wear this giant knitted sweater?”

      Alice has obviously turned from the dark side and no longer wants to be a “crochet blogger – hook in one hand and typing with the other” she has learnt the important mantra “One needle good – 2 needles better”LOL. Well I’m off to hide my dishcloths in the closet (ssh!) Debbs in the UK
      “Turn down the heating stoopid idiot!!”

  12. Debs says:

    I am in total agreement with the other commenters. What does it matter what you talk about in your blog? Its YOUR BLOG (well, Raymond’s actually)! You could add a sub-title, but I think all crocheters have an interest in knitting and vice versa, even if they don’t do the other craft themselves. Its the love of the wool thing. You have such a wonderful way of talking through words and you conjour up fantastic pictures of your day and creative workings. Its so easy to picture you sitting in your chair, Raymond at your feet, crocheting or knitting away. I would love to see more of your felting and how that’s going. Take care. xx

  13. Caroline says:

    Hello, Alice! Your socks are absolutely beutiful! Makes me want to learn how to knit my own socks… I discovered your blog only a week ago, and I love it! Had to try out the mandala tutorial immediately, really helpful! Probably have to try the grandala square too… and the african flowers…

  14. Your new socks are going to be great! Please keep blogging here, we don’t mind if you croch or knit, as long as you show us what you do and make!

  15. Penny says:

    I think once you’ve got a name, and a following, you can write about pretty much anything. It’s only a hook (haha!) to hang the blog on and you are doing something right to get all those hits! Keep doing what you do,
    love Penny xxx

  16. Tickety-boo says:

    Sqqqqqquuueeeeeee! Sorry am I allowed to sqqqquuuuueeeeee someone elses work??
    Those socks are looking fantastic! I know what you mean about the Crochet thing I find myself knitting all the time at the moment but I will go back to my hook soon. I am sure most, if not all of us come to read your posts for all they contain not just the crochet. It’s a little bit of sunshine in my day to read your posts so post them here or make a new blog I will just read both :o)
    Do you think you’ll try toe-up socks next???? I liked knitting socks on dpns but I love being able to do two socks at the same time, which are exactly the same legnth and using all the yarn.
    Ta-dah Post next then Alice???!!
    Love Tickety-boo
    xxxxxxxxxxx

  17. Lovely socks, please stay here as I love the way you write so it doesn’t matter if it is knit, crochet or anything else! I’m a definite crochet addict but I intend to dabble in a few other crafts over the next few months and will be showcasing the results on my blog. Rachael Xx

  18. Lauri says:

    I found your blog through Attic24 and have become a faithful reader, as well. I think changing up crafts and projects keeps things fresh and interesting – don’t apologize. I both knit *and* crochet and thoroughly enjoy them both! Some things suit crochet and others (like socks) are best done with knitting, in my humble opinion. By the way, I knit socks the way you do – cuff of one, cuff of other; heel of one, heel of other; etc. I really should get two sets of needles, because at the moment I slip the first to spare needles! :-)

  19. I know what you mean about your blog name….mine should be more knitting than crochet and its the other way around these days, I think your moniker is just right and you shouldn’t change it :-) I admire the way you have done the socks, maybe I need to find a simpler pattern??? Well done Alice and good on your mum for teaching you :-)

  20. I LOVE (I mean LURVE) that sock yarn….so gorgeous! Re the blog name…who cares? I mean really what does it matter what your blog is called? Visitors come to engage with you and Raymond, to read about your life and most of all, to see what lovely things you are making – whether it be knitting or crochet or whatever. I knit, crochet and have lately started sewing. We are allowed to try new things. Just carry on doing what you do xxx

  21. Teresa says:

    These are absolutely fantastic colors, just the kind of yarn that makes me smile and feel happy! Beautifull socks :))))

  22. Penelope says:

    Gorgeous most clever Alice what a joy those socks are to behold! Your mum sounds like a real rock in your life and it’s so endearing to hear how much you love and embrace her for all she is to you. I love the process of skills being passed down through generations, like story telling and creating a rich tapestry through the generations. May I ask who those socks are for? Yours or K’s twinkle toes? I think this is going to become your next big love, knitting socks and I am eagerly looking forward to seeing the finished socks :0)
    Regarding your blog name, I think I have to agree with some of the above comments, I have thought about mine being a bit naff at times but then I realised that it doesn’t really matter. You’re famous as far as I am concerned and it’s a priviledge for me to be mentioned on your blog, it always blows my mind when i see you mention little ol’ me. So thank you for making me blush and I would be most distressed it I couldn’t follow your awe inspiring blog. Don’t go away please xox Penelope xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  23. Carole says:

    Those socks are gorgeous, the colours remind me of sherbert!

    I’m another one who found your blog via Attic24 and as I am still new to crochet I love looking at blogs which give me something to aspire to. I also love seeing Raymond, we have a Siamese cross called Albert! I don’t know whether I have any photos of him on my blog apart from when he was a kitten, I’ll have to post some and I will let you know when I do.

    Have a lovely day!
    Carole x

  24. Carole says:

    Sorry, forgot to ask exactly which Opal sock yarn is it and the colourway?
    Thank you!
    Carole x

  25. louise says:

    My favourite favourite part of sock knitting is turning the heel. I always feel that it’s alchemy when a few 2 dimensional stitches turn into a completely different 3d heel! I always get really over enthusiastic about the magic of it all and my family always think I’ve lost the plot!

    Sock knitting rocks! X

  26. carolyn says:

    Well, I started as a crotchety crocheter then learned to knit and had a many-year love affair with learning the ins and outs of that skill, then your gloriously gorgeous blog inspired me to take up crochet again, but I’m still knitting too (too many projects going at once!!) In short, don’t change. Keep it all here and do what your heart tells you. We’ll all watch in awe. PS- Most importantly, you already have a subtitle on your blog and it is PERFECT!

  27. Jude says:

    Blogs do evolve…I started by writing about my new home in Crete, with abit of quilting…now it’s crocheting, knitting and anything else that takes my fancy..it’s me!
    I’ve thought about having another blog and seperating the subjects but, I don’t think there’s enough time in the day..we have to live!!
    Take care

  28. Pati from London says:

    Hi Alice, great progress on your socks!! I really really love them…. Concerning the change of name, I’m very much in agreement with the rest, please don’t change it- it might be confussing…. I love your blog but don’t come here for the name but the content and don’t really mind if you do crochet, felting, yarn tinting, knitting or holidaying… Have a lovely day, xx

  29. penelope dubois says:

    You can name your blog anything you want, cuz it doesn’t matter, it’s your Blog, right Raymond? LOL!!!!
    Socks, Socks, Socks, love ‘em and I am back into them again.
    “Tickety-Boo” gave me some great tips, videos etc. and I am going to attempt the Toe up with Magic Loop ( which is a great tool, that little Magic Loop).
    First going to finish up my cuff down on my little circs! Meow♫♫♫

  30. Cuckoo says:

    Well I’d follow you wherever you went, whatever you decide to call yourself! I think most crochet lovers either have a knitting background or like me intent to learn to knit. The two go together like peas and carrots! Felting is always just a step away.

  31. Meredith says:

    Alice, Love your socks. I am really a knitter, hench my blog name Mereknits, who is now obsessed with crochet. I’m not changing my name as it is my blog. Crochet with Raymond is a great name and we love to see everything you are doing, not just crochet. Your fun, sunny personality shines no matter what your blog name is.
    Have a great day,
    Meredith

  32. Marlie says:

    Love your blog, I have been reading for some time via my Google Reader. Your socks look awesome, the colours are fabulous. Looking forward to seeing the finished product. I both knit and crochet and love switching between the 2 of them, keeps things interesting!

  33. WillowEverlasting says:

    You have such a lovely life! May I be so bold as to ask how you support yourself? I envy you!

  34. Regula says:

    Wonderful blog and wonderful socks. Although I am a huge fan of all kinds of hand craft knitting is one of my favourites. And knitting socks is the most perfect project between time consuming ones. It does not need a lot of wool, does not need a lot of space you can easily take it with you.

    UNFORTUNATELY, rainbow yarn is not available in my yarn store at the moment. I have to stick to my radiant sweater and crochet. :-)

  35. Hannah says:

    You knit those socks beautifully and you are so FAST!!!

  36. Betsy says:

    Hi Alice:

    I, too, began as a crocheter, let’s see – 43 years ago when I was 7 years old. I did mostly crochet for years and years with a little cross-stitch thrown in once in a while. About 5 years ago I decided to learn to knit. Bless u-tube videos! Anyway, I LOVE knitting and I LOVE crocheting. They are both wonderful yarn arts and I don’t see why they wouldn’t be equally welcome by the readers of your blog. Please don’t stop blogging. I need to see Raymond and I love your perspectives on life and the world. You cheer me up with the peeks into your days. Thanks for that. Betsy in Spokane, WA USA

    P.S. I’ve recently begun spinning too, so I enjoy your peeks into that world on your blog too. :-)

  37. Margo Boult says:

    You make me want to knit socks . . . . . . . . . . . LOL

  38. Eve says:

    Your socks are really shaping up! What a fun post! Have an excellent weekend!

  39. S` says:

    I recently found your blog via Attic24, and I love it. I have knit socks with Opal yarns for years, and find they hold up beautifully. That said, where in the US can I find the gorgeous colorway you’re using, my usual sources don’t seem to have it.

  40. Jo-Anne says:

    Hello, Alice. I can’t knit socks to save my life, but I keep promising myself that I will try again soon. I love how this rainbow yarn works up. I just plain love making things in rainbow type yarn and have made vests, scarves and hats of it in the past. So I keep returning to your blog because it’s so much fun to read, and of course I keep admiring these wonderful socks and how they’re coming along. Your pictures and instructions give me hope of future success. Thanks for sharing a wonderful blog.
    Jo-Anne

  41. Nicole says:

    You still crochet, and you still have Raymond, I don’t think you need a new blog or even another one – afterall it’s still going to be about the things you make, and you don’t always post about things you’ve made – I read your blog for the whole package! The creative things and also to hear things about NZ, Raymond and anything else you tell us about :-)

    Maybe your title can be Crochet and anything else creative with Raymond :-) hehe

    P.S Thank you for inspiring me to pick up knitting, I am totally loving it and might start a bit of cable sooon……!!!

  42. Joanna says:

    Those socks are looking amazing. I love reading your blog Alice whether you are writing about crochet, knitting or anything really and agree with the other comments that you don’t need a new name or a new blog.

    – coats for ants with bell button fluff – loved that LOL

    Joanna xx

  43. Personally I’ve found adding blogs to be not such a great choice, I ended up neglecting the new blogs, and not doing as much as I liked with the original blog. Knitting sites carry crochet, so why not a blogged named for crochet also looking at knitting :-}
    Regardless, I love the blog :-}

    I love knitting AND crochet, but knit more these days. I still take a day or so a month to crochet something and get that lovely quick gratification.

  44. LeeAnn says:

    Lovely socks! Look at you go! =] I have been wanting to knit socks for awhile but having gotten to it because I’m afraid I’ll really love knitting them and get really addicted to it! lol

  45. Andie says:

    Whether knitting, hooking, sewing or sticking and glueing for me a blog name is just that ‘a name’. It is ‘being you’ and sharing and enjoying what you do that is important….Thank you for being you and sharing and enjoying! Turning Heels…now that is something I find sooooooo difficult. ax

  46. Kinnicchick says:

    Could the colors around here BE more gorgeous? I don’t think so. (I have nothing to weigh in about sock knitting. I can only deal with one stick in my hand unless both sticks have hooks on the ends so… I just wanted to say how much I LURVE the colors you are always using when you knit or crochet. I could just stare at the screen all day. Do you do this to keep Raymond in a hypnotic state? ;) )

  47. Turning heels is my favourite part of socks – there’s something magic about creating them with a continuous length of yarn. So simple to do, but they give me enormous Clever Feelings! The yarn you’re using is so pretty too.

    I think we all have crafts-of-the-moment phases, but like everyone else, think your blog name is perfect just the way it is (I have to say that – I’m Coffee and Cream….and I don’t like cream!!)

  48. lancek1 says:

    loving it Alice! Isn’t it great to learns something new? They look fabulous so far…

  49. Cara says:

    would love for you to check out my blog..you inspired me to start crocheting!!

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