I've been kind of improvising a sock during the last two weeks, using one of the balls of Regia that I bought at the WEBS tent sale. It started as a knit 2 purl 1 rib, but the effect was so oppressively stripey that it eventually became an 11-stitch chevron pattern. I discovered later that elann.com has a pattern that is pretty much identical, but theirs starts from the toe and I began from the leg.
This evening marked a great milestone in sock creation: the turning of the heel.
As I started the heel, I could think of only two things: 1) I needed an even number of stitches, and 2) for some unknown reason, I wanted a multiple of 3. Unfortunately, neither thought occurred to me until I had nearly finished the first row, so instead of pausing to consider the effects I simply slipped a few extra stitches onto that needle and continued on my merry way.
Note that in the above photo, there is not only a reinforced heel but also the short-row bit that comes after. I was ready to pick up stitches down the side when I noticed something odd:
Side #1--heel overlaps the yarnover bit.
Side #2--heel does not overlap yarnover bit.
Yes, those stitches I had so casually included in the heel had completely thrown off its symmetry.
Upcoming trips to the frog pond: 1
Tina Shawls snickering nearby: 1