you gotta just love it when you get to the point with a pattern where you don't have to refer to the pattern chart. it's nice when what looks like a complicated design becomes "mindless" knitting.
i'm knitting this as written, so far, without mods. but, i think i will knit a plain toe, as i don't like pattern on my toes. and even that wouldn't be a modification, as the designer gives that option in the pattern as well.
i often like a good solid heelflap with the standard slip stitches, but since this pattern was a gift, i wanted to knit it as written. plus, when the faux cable splits at the heel, it becomes yet another lovely design feature along the side of the flap (and side of the foot).
oh! and as joyceetta kindly pointed out, i forgot to mention what this pattern is! WHOOPS! (see what happens when you take pictures, upload to ravelry, create a project page, post in the "just because you need to share" thread of SKA, ... you kinda forget things after taking the cyber-tour)
this pattern is called breaking hearts socks (ravelry link), designed by Cristi H. Brockway, otherwise, in bloggy-land, known as turtlegirl.
i so admired her socks, that she sent me a copy of the pattern gratis! that really made my day!
i'm slowly knitting along, enjoying the rhythm of the pattern. (and, bouncing around with other projects, duh!)
my swap partner in the Danger Crafts group on ravelry had knitted me 2 monsters, and one of them was 'coco' the canister monster (on the left).
when i saw this yarn at the local craft store, i instantly thought "monster". i've seen some really pretty monsters knitted with knitpicks chroma, but i cannot place a knitpicks order right now. so, for $3, i got some instant gratification. (it's also a good substitute for noro! w/o the $$)
i only knitted through 3 transitions of colors, so i'm certain there are several more monsters lurking inside the yarn. i will knit more monsters, just to see how many licks it does take to get to the Tootsie Roll center of a Tootsie Pop.