(Finished Baudelaires – large size, made with Fortissima Socka on 2.75mm DPNs)
If you were here in person, I would probably be pointing out to you where all the mistakes are. “See, here’s where the heel is crooked, and where the toe is wonky, and where I made stupid mistakes all over the lace pattern…” But I don’t mind one bit. These are my first completed toe-up socks, with a heel flap no less, and I knew when I went into it that I was choosing this pattern as a skill-building project. To heck with perfection. I learned one version of a toe-up heel flap, I learned two toe-up cast-ons (Figure 8, which I don’t like as well, and the square toe, which I do like), a new lace pattern, the sewn bind-off, and more things about short rows. The modest intimidation factor of these things was, ultimately, what kept me from finishing them so quickly, but I’m glad I did it. I would knit these again.
But one last glimpse at the socks first.