Emo has left the building

Posted on Sep 17, 2008. 2 comments

The first time I ever encountered the word Emo was during my first semester teaching physics labs at CSULB. I had already noticed the manorexic skinny boys skating around on their skateboards on campus, their jeans so tight they could barely propel themselves forward. Around the same time one of my students referred to something as being "so emo." I backed her into a corner glaring at her black eyeliner, dark clothing and spiky hair until she confessed the meaning. She didn't explain emo as Goth 2.0, or use any other words I was expecting. Instead, she told me about a band called Death Cab for Cutie while in the exuberance of youth she searched fruitlessly for words to describe the enigmatic, powerful trend that she'd found herself caught up in. But who can find the words to describe youth? Certainly there's a Non Disclosure Agreement amongst the young to keep their secrets from those over the hoary old age of Twenty-Three. And though I have seen plenty of punk rock bands in concert that have had their records smashed by enraged parents and community leaders I did so in my youth, making me immune to this new virulent black eyelinered sub culture.
Which brings me to Emo's unfortunate demise, because since I like it the movement must be over. Thank you Death Cab for Cutie, for making music even old ears can appreciate.
Maya will one day be apart of a new youthful cultural movement.
But for now she sports her 100% certifiably Emo free flip flops.
Short Row Heel 2.0
I've decided to talk a little more on the short row heel I mentioned early this week. Short row heels work remarkably well on socks.
Math really does come alive in the world around us, this being a prime (!) example. The heel shown above is worked across 42 stitches. Typically while working socks you'll come across a few simple ratios. The heel flap usually is half the number of total sock stitches, and the most challenging short row heel flap calculation is half of that number. Everyone can divide by 2 (another magical number), so do not be discouraged. Assuming we have a sock with 84 stitches (twice the number of heel flap and turn stitches) you figure the first row of the short row heel in the following way:
First, note that you will slip the first stitch of every row in a short row heel. Next knit half of your heel stitches (half of 42 is 21) slip slip knit, knit 1 and turn.
That's right turn your knitting mid-row. It may feel as awkward as leaving day old dishes in the sink the first few times, but it gets easier. The next row is the second most important, because it sets up the short row heel in the center of the heel stitches. No matter the total stitches of your sock, slip one stitch, purl 3 stitches, p2tog, p1, and turn.
Row 3 is always the same, slip one stitch, knit 4, ssk, k1, turn
Row 4 is always purl 5, p2tog, p1, turn
In fact it's pretty much all the same from here on out. The number of heel rows you complete is based solely upon the total number of stitches in your sock. Essentially you knit until there are no more of the 42 heel stitches left, where you are now required to pick up gusset stitches. But that's a post for another day.
I've written out how I knit the swatch above, enjoy with my (emo free) compliments.
slip one stitch, k21, ssk, k1 TURN
slip one stitch, p3, p2tog, p1 TURN
slip one stitch, k4, ssk, k1, TURN
slip one stitch, p5, p2tog, p1, TURN
slip one stitch, k6, ssk, k1, TURN
slip one stitch, p7, p2tog, p1, TURN
slip one stitch, k8, ssk, k1, TURN
slip one stitch, p9, p2tog,p1, TURN
slip one stitch, k10, ssk, k1, TURN
slip one stitch, p11, p2tog, p1, TURN
slip one stitch, k12, ssk, k1, TURN
slip one stitch, p13, p2tog, p1, TURN
slip one stitch, k14, ssk, k1, TURN
slip one stitch, p15, p2tog, p1, TURN
slip one stitch, k16, ssk, k1, TURN
slip one stitch, p17, p2tog, p1, TURN
slip one stitch, k18, ssk, k1, TURN
slip one stitch, p19, p2tog, p1, TURN
slip one stitch, k20, ssk, TURN
slip one stitch, p20, p2tog, TURN
End of Swatch


  • Posted by Carrie K on Sep 17, 2008

    Everyone can divide by two? Everyone? Nice heel flap and directions though.
    Generally if I know about a trend/word/fashion, its day is long gone.

  • Posted by Roberta on Sep 19, 2008

    i hope she supports the sparkly happy flip flop movement. We both support it now, it’s bound to make a comeback when she’s a teen :)
    I will show you pics of thor a.k.a emo cat

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