See? I wasted too much time with those pointless calculations and instead of having one and a half socks to show you this week I have only one incomplete sock. *sigh*
At least the heel turning was every bit as magical as I remembered it. It's crazy how a flat stretch of knitting turns into a three diminsional heel after only a few rows. (I wonder how someone ever figured out how to do that). Now I'm on the home stretch - the instep. This pattern is neat because the top of the instep maintains the pattern while the sides and bottom are done in stockinette. This really helps to hold my interest during the most tricky part of the sock for me, when I struggle not to start the toe shaping prematurely. (You should see my set of three Christmas stockings. One of them has a club foot).
I should also mention that even though I have the pattern memorized I have gone back to using my row counter on the instep. This decision was made after a late night knitting session that resulted in thirty minutes of unfortunate frogging. Incidentally, does anyone know of a row counter that can be kept on the needle while using double pointed needles? I've seen some that say they're meant for dpn's but it seems like they would slip off too easily. Any suggestions or opinions?
All right, I'm off to finish the five inch instep. Five inches, self, do you hear me? No club footed socks this time!