I'm knitting socks again! My father in law will be so happy, especially since these are for him. The finished ones are a Lang Jawoll wool/silk blend, and feels very nice. These are toe-up, and instead of my usual short row heel, I used Wendy's Toe Up Gusset and Heel Flap method. Meh. It's okay, and fits nice (I had my husband try them on), but it's time consuming in that I had to follow the pattern instead of just mindlessly knitting, which is what I like about socks. I know there a re so many great and fabulous sock patterns out there, but I pretty much exclusively knit stockinette socks, toe up. I use it for knitting in tight quarters, or when I can't keep track of rows or patterns, Totally mindless. The new pair at the bottom are for my son. He asked for a pair, and picked this really nice Shi Bui 100% merino superwash. Absolutely yummy to knit with. and I'm following my basic sizing for adults. Seems my baby has gone and done grown up. 12 years old, and he's wearing adult sized socks, his voice has dropped, and he's almost looking me directly in the eye. (and I'm not remarkably short). He'll pass me in height sometime this year, I'm sure of it.
I'm planning on using an afterthought heel. thanks to Needles, I was reminded of this wonderful method of sock heel construction. I've used it before, and have refined it to the point that I'm quite happy with it. Like Needles, I add about 4-6 stitches at the corners to ease some of the tension, and I actually go a little beyond half way around, using more stitches for the heels that a short row heel would usually use, making it cup the heel a bit better.