Having finally received my socks back from their year-and-a-half junket to the Think Outside the Sox contest, I decided to wear them today. And I find that there are some things that need to be fixed in this pattern. The ankles are a bit loose even for me and, more importantly, the soles are not large enough.
I need to figure out what to do about this. I have the pair I wore today (one slightly larger in the sole than the other, which is more a knitting problem than a design problem, I’d think) and one finished sock in a smaller yarn, which definitely has too small a sole. I’m feeling a strong desire to work out multiple sizes in this design. And yet, although I’m very proud of these socks, I really don’t think that very many people will really want to knit them. They require huge amounts of picking up of stitches, and I think most knitters don’t like doing that. In some ways, I think the idea of taking this configuration and making a vest out of it is a better idea.
Here is a shot of the single sock. As you can see, the ball of the foot and toe are fine – it’s the heel that isn’t OK. The ankle feels much better than the one in the thicker yarn. I know I could modify the pattern so that the heel would work OK. I don’t want to leave this sock pattern so that it won’t work. Should I work out just a new heel and post it on Ravelry? It’s not easy to figure out how best to handle this. Oh, well, I’ll come up with something.