There I was, drifting off thinking about the Electric Picnic and about how I’d like to knit Alb’s brother a hat like the one I got at last year’s EP. Then I started thinking about how I should bring a warmer hat this year, and then I thought that I should use it as an excuse to learn how to knit a balaclava. Wouldn’t that just be the warmest? So then I got to wondering how you’d go about knitting a balaclava. You could knit a hood-like item but that would involve doing it in two pieces and I don’t want that. But what if you knit it like a sock? Because, if you think about it (and I have), your head is shaped a lot like your foot, only it doesn’t extend so much.
A heel flap on a balaclava wouldn’t look very nice… but then I thought, since I want to do it in snuggly forgiving garter stitch anyway, couldn’t I put in a garter stitch short row heel instead? I’ve been reading all about them in my new Lucy Neatby book, Cool Socks Warm Feet. You’d put the heel in at the back of your head, which is the bit that would need more material than say, the bit at your chin.
Anyway, once I got to the short row heel conclusion I was fully awake and had to read up all about short row heels then. It could work!