I haven't had much to talk about knitting-wise. I'm nearly finished with the baby cardigan, but set it aside for a bit because I was right sick of it. I picked up the bmp socks more seriously and am now on the foot of the first sock.
This was my first adventure with short row heels. Needless to say, I had to frog the heel the first time I did it (well, I was about 2/3 through it) because it looked horrendous and I reckoned I must've did something wrong. It's MUCH prettier now. I think I wasn't paying close enough attention to the instructions the first time, which was stupid of me because I know better.
If this is the way short row heels ALWAYS are, I prefer them to the heel flap. Reason? You don't have to turn a heel and do gusset decreases. It was all in one with the short row heel, which to me is a major bonus. I'll have to try to find another pattern using this sort of heel though to make sure that is normal. It could just be this pattern for all I know. It's nicer looking too, I think.
There may be a problem with this pattern though. Well, I know there sort of is. There's a chart that goes on the foot of the sock I'm currently working on and it's not mentioned to add it in. Lucky for me, I pay attention and I know to, but I'd prefer to be told "Put it in at this point" instead of trying to figure it out on my own.
The other potential problem is it says to work the toe like you've done the heel. Er. I'm not sure if that means to do the toe in short rows or if it just means to do the striping pattern there and that you'd better know how to do a toe yourself. I suppose I'll cross that bridge when I get to it. I'm hoping that it will make more sense when I'm at the toe; it frequently happens with me that I try to think of something too far ahead of time, but when I get to that point the light dawns.