Okay, maybe not a caveman per se. When I look at certain knitting techniques, I think to myself, “Self, if small children in Victorian times – who didn’t have the internet, Ravelry, and all – can do this, why, so can I!” This has usually worked to my advantage; for instance, I jumped right into cabling without realizing it could be considered challenging. Every once in awhile, however (usually when my hubris is getting the better of my common sense), I get a cosmic smackdown.

This time, it was short-row heels.

Let me explain. I have done many socks – toe up, top down, with several different types of heels and toes. However, up until this point I hadn’t done top-down socks with short-row heels (mostly because I prefer the sturdiness of slipstitch heels). For this sock, I’m working with Creatively Dyed Calypso Sock yarn, and decided to do a coordinating solid-colored heel and toe. I really love the way short-row heels look in this application. So, with my “how hard could it be?” mentality, I went on my merry way.

Four hours, six froggings, and several very creative curse words later, I found out just how hard it could be. I mean, I’ve made lace! I’ve knitted a full on SWEATER, for crying out loud. And I’ve certainly turned a sock heel or two in my time. This is pretty much one of the first sock heel techniques people learn – in my mind, I should have been flying though it. Alas, this was not the case.

Eventually (read: it took me an entire day and a total of ten, yes, 1-0 froggings) I got it done. The results are completely worth it, but I’m definitely taking it as a sign to be a little less cocky about my abilities.

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