Yesterday I got as far as ripping the toe off Franklin’s wounded sock before the light failed. It was clear that I did not want to go any further without good light.
This morning, I had to decide whether to just pick up what I had or try to rip back one more round. I started trying the ripping back in one slightly odd spot. It was really odd! As I ripped, the yarn that I was pulling out suddenly showed up a row lower. No idea what went on there! I put all the stitches on needles and studied them. I think they were all properly related, though I’m not sure. Also, the mild felting looked as though it would not let any stitches escape. So I just looked at the other toe to see what the shaping looked like and started knitting with a miscellaneous nylon-rich sock yarn I’d found yesterday.
Here are the toes of the two socks after I was done:
Franklin was thrilled that he couldn’t immediately spot the new toe. It actually feels a bit more different than it looks, but I think it will be OK. Here’s a view that gives a bit of an idea why these were worth preserving. Franklin is very fond of these. They were knit some time in 2007 – pre-Ravelry so I don’t have much more notion than that.
All in all, this was a satisfying experience.