It is amazing how difficult it is to learn a new skill. With this pair of ankle socks, I was bound and determined to conquer the Wrap and Turn stitches in the heel. The first sock was ripped out several times, not because I hadn't learned to do the W&T but because I let my concentration wander and made silly little mistakes. The second sock, I finished last night and I turned off my computer, TV, phones, etc., etc. I had to giggle because as I passed each spot where a mistake was made on the previous sock, I nodded at how careless I had been. I did the gusset, turned the heel, and then did the French heel without making a mistake. My hands were sweating on the last row of the heel, as I was thinking that this would be equivalent of the victory lap, or row. Once I was past that, the rest was simple. Amazing how much concentration is needed, not just for the new stitches, but for maintaining enough focus to do the simple ones as well.
These socks aren't much to look at but I enjoyed making them. They will go on their first summer hike tomorrow. I've never worn wool for hiking, but have heard it is the best thing to wear. So, onward!