The pun'kin socks were almost done. I still needed to graft the first toe, but the second one was just about ready for the toe decreases.
These have been my transit knitting. I spend about an hour per weekday waiting for or aboard public transit, which for this pattern corresponded to getting 5-10 rows done in a given day, particularly once I memorized the pattern and stopped referring to the chart. I had already picked out my next pattern and was looking for a time slot to wind the yarn.
Note the past tense? There is a small set of cable crossings every eighth row, which produce the pumpkin shape. To finish a set of pumpkins before forming the heel flap or starting the toe, one should work a cable cross in the other direction. I did so correctly on the first sock . . .
. . . but not here, on the second sock.
This is just above the heel on a cuff-down sock. As I don't think I will save any time by attempting to drop sixteen stitches back through the heel-turn and ladder them up into place, the foot will have to go for me to correct this. The bitterest part is that when I reached that cross, I didn't have my pattern with me and so worked the cables normally and then checked the pattern latter. I noticed that I had worked the wrong stitch pattern (alternating knits and purls instead of all knits) and corrected it, but not that I had crossed the cables the wrong way.
So that almost completed sock at the top of the entry now looks like this.
At least I finally grafted the first sock's toe shut.