So the February sock is progressing nicely:
I've turned the heel and now I'm continuing the Stansfield 30 pattern up the leg. I plan to knit until I run out of yarn.
I'm not thrilled with Knit Picks Chroma Worsted. I can't deny that the colorways are gorgeous and they work up into beautiful soft bands of color. The yarn itself is a source of major frustration. It's single-ply and loosely spun, so a lot of the time I'll pierce the strand with my needle and split it...which I usually don't notice until after a few stitches down the road. The yarn itself is also very uneven, with random thin spots that would make me go back to see if I did indeed spilt the yarn again, just to find out that I hadn't. It's fun to work with, but I don't see this as being a go-to yarn for many projects. Maybe I'll have better luck with the sock-weight Chroma.
Of course, it's not superwash, and single-ply yarn means that my socks will wear fast. But I was aware of both of these shortcomings before I cast on. I did want to give the sock some chance at a long life, but at the same time I didn't want to break up the color bands with a flap heel, so I decided to give it a slipped stitch short-row heel. I wasn't sure if this was possible, but I figured I'd try.
First lesson I learned: you need an even number of stitches for the heel for best results.
Second lesson I learned: slipped stitch short-row fabric is not as stretchy as regular stockinette. It has stretch, but not as much.
Third lesson I learned: it REALLY shortens and tightens the heel! I knit a couple of extra rounds before starting the short-row, and I still find the sock to be a very snug fit. I'm currently debating if I should rip back and reknit it longer, but yet another downside to single-ply yarn is that they don't rip back well.
Here's a close-up of the heel:
Looks pretty good and the fabric is nice and thick, but I have to keep the shortening in mind. Some of the leg pattern appears right at the edge of the heel turn, and that will be worn through very fast. I think a slipped stitch short-row heel would work better on a top-down sock because I can control its position better.
I'll have to think about whether I want to rip back and reknit the heel.
Last night, I finally had to toss a pair of socks: Sock 6.0. I don't know what caused the first hole (weak yarn point? wear? moth?), but I darned it. A week later I found that a stitch had slipped loose and was slowly unraveling itself down the sock. I tried darning it again. Another break. I figured a two-darn limit was good enough and tossed them.