How to knit a pair of knee socks:
Start with a wonderful, easy to follow pattern. Cast on. Knit with a freakish level of enjoyment.
Get ass kicked by short row heel.
Rip. Hide socks in shame.
Pick them up again, return to stockinette honeymoon.
Get distracted while watching dog show, realize you've made four inches worth of increases up the front of the leg.
Rip. Hide socks with bitter resentment.
Knit ribbing in contrasting color. Realize you didn't plan where you started the contrasting color. Decide it'll be okay. Realize you started it in the middle of the front of the leg.
Start ribbing in back of leg, knit 1" of ribbing, decide you'd rather have a picot edge.
Start picot edge. Remember that the ribbing was going to add height that the picot edge will not. Decide it will be okay. Try sock on. It's not okay.
Knit additional length in main color. Work picot edge.
Sewn down hems using TECHknitting's tutorial.
Thread elastic through picot edge, both to hold socks up and to prevent picot edge from flaring out.
Look closely at pictures. Realize you made the picot edges two different heights.
Decide it will be okay because you can not bear to rip again. It will be okay. It will be okay.
And because I have been calling them my Carhartt socks, it's only appropriate to illustrate why they are so named:
It says something quite disturbing about my personal fashion sense that in order to take that picture I had to choose between my multiple pairs of Carhartts.
Carhartt socks from Diana's knee sock pattern
Trekking XXL in green/olive, Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock in charcoal
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In other news, I just got a new old Mac (it's a PowerBook G4). I love it madly but good lord it's like a whole different language. The only thing that completely baffles me is using iPhoto, so if the pictures are extraordinarily huge, that's why, apologies.