If this were any other year, I would have gotten so freaked out about the gimping that the project would have been "put away for later," (a.k.a. "doomed to obscurity in the WIP bin because I don't like projects that have scared me silly"), but I need 100 projects this year which outweighs my normal tendency to be totally spineless when it comes to sewing. Aha!!!
And there has been knitting!
Normally, I do toe-up socks. LOVE toe-up socks. I can make them as long as I want because I KNOW it is going to work. AND no kitchenering (grafting) which is also a huge selling point. However, heel flaps are generally reinforced, which is a good idea and one of the few reasons I'll break down and do top-down socks. And the Monkey socks do not have a reinforced heel. Or, I should say, the pattern doesn't have a reinforced heel. MY Monkey socks do:
I have promised myself to try two more sock patterns just to double-check, but I think it's becoming quite obvious:
I do NOT play nicely with other people's sock patterns.
Think there's a support group?