For the Socks that Rawk group, Q1 "Tina's Choice" KAL.
I knitted these on and off over the 3 months. Just simply got distracted with other knitting and then of course life always calls too.
The heel portion adds a decent amount of length to the foot, originally I had about a size 7.5 sock, which is way too long for my little size 5. I ripped back down to about 4.5 inches and started the heel again, this time it worked out perfectly, although I think if I were to use this version of heel, I'd go with maybe 4 inches to give it a more snug fit.
I was originally skeptical about having garter stitch toe and heel, but it's actually pretty comfortable. The pattern simply ends at the leg portion, you just bind off in pattern, no cuff. I did, however, try a version of a garter stitch cuff and didn't like it, so I ripped it out and went with the pattern instructions.
All and all I'm happy with them, another pair of socks to add to my ever growing sock wardrobe.
Quick note about the pictures, it was quite interesting contorting my body to get these pics. Although the time I spent contorting did count as a small but always needed workout!
Pattern: Solstice Slip by JC Briar
Yarn: Socks that Rock - Lightweight "Bag Lady" colorway
Needles: US 1 (Addi Lace)
Started: January 16, 2011
Finished: March 28, 2011
Mods: Front (instep) stitches are 30, and the sole st’s are 25. I did this intentionally to make the sock fit snug, since my feet are small and narrow. At heel portion, increased to the 35 sts. When done with the heel portion, the first round that starts the decreases (k2tog/ssk) I picked up all wrapped stitches on the first and last stitches that I did decreases on. This worked great and closing any holes. I went with ankle socks instead of the traditional longer leg.