Even so, I did slowly find that I enjoyed knitting socks in certain ways more than others. Over time, as many people know, I found that I used tricks for sock knitting that made everything faster and easier by my estimation.
Last year, for the first time in the almost 10 years I have been knitting, I started knitting sock patterns. This is a huge departure for me. My vanilla socks take me a long way to contentment but I felt stale and a little empty. So patterns it was. I have several on the needles and I like that.
With all these slightly unusual for me socks on the needles, it reminds me just why and how I came to be a very plain sock knitter. I like my afterthought heels, and even the odd short row heel. And my good old garter square toe. I love the way it fits me. And I love how simple it is to work while you are sitting with little people around you. Helping.
I hate heel flaps. Heel flaps are deadly boring knitting. No getting around that. I really do dislike the flaps.
I have two heel flap socks on the go right now, the two that you have seen this last week and a bit and was at the flap part on both of them.
Thankfully I got past it on one, but as I was working to do so, I realized it didn't matter that turning a heel was still just about the coolest thing in knitting. Did not matter at all. I just do not like knitting the flap. I would prefer to be flap free, if you will.
Still, I am not going to give up on knitting other kinds of heels and toes and dive back into a pool of only afterthough heels. I am made of sterner stuff and I can handle it. Diversity is the name of the game.
But I sure am going to plan it better next go round.