Well, I got both socks past the turning of the heel and one of them I worked the gusset part out completely. It was no easy task for this beginner though. I was having a tough time working both of them on one circular needle. I decided, for the sake of hopefully finishing before Christmas, to take one of the socks off and work them one at a time. I'll try my hand at TAAT ML again with a different pair of socks.
After getting the gusset complete on one of the socks, I decided that the actual foot portion of the sock was going to be a little too big and baggy for my mother-in-law. I also remembered reading in the pattern that the foot part of the sock should be worked with a smaller needle. I made the tough decision to rip the sock back to just before the heel flap. I'm now working the heel flap on that sock again. This makes the third time. The first time, I started working the heel flap with a sl 1, purl row followed by a sl 1, knit row. I wasn't paying attention to the fact that the second row is supposed to be *sl 1, knit* repeated across the entire row. So that's why they had that surrounded by * *. Ahh so, Danielson! It makes sense now. Lesson learned.
Let's hope that the third time is the charm with this one. I've had good practice with working the heel flap, turning the heel and working the gusset, so I shouldn't have any problems this time. Murphy, your law is not welcome here! No more issues please. Although, they have been learning experiences so I guess it's not all for not.
We're heading to my mother-in-law's house on the 17th. That means that I don't have much time to get this show rockin' and rollin'! There doesn't seem to be much time in the evenings after eating dinner, playing with the 4 month old and 2 1/2 year old, bathing them and getting them to bed. I just need to be diligent about using that time wisely once they are finally asleep for the evening. Maybe I need to get up early to work on these as well. I just hope that it doesn't take me too much longer. I guess worst case scenario, I can work on them at my MIL's house during that week that we're there. I don't want to have to do that, but it's not an unreasonable last resort. I'll just have to isolate myself so that she doesn't see what they look like.
Did I mention that I also started a pair for my wife as well? I had to, to gimme a short break from my MIL's pair. Plus, my attention span can be short some times, so I always feel the need to do more than one thing at a time. I was hoping to get those done by Christmas as well, but I know that won't be happening.
Here's the progress on my wife's socks. I started out with two at a time, but didn't pay attention to the pattern (see a pattern here?...hahaha...pun intended) when it stated that the cabling had to be mirrored from the left sock to the right sock. Ooops. Yep, ripped one back and will be starting over on it. I wanted to get the first one going first to see if I was going to like it. I do like it. I need to get the second sock cast on so I can try to work them TAAT.