Took me 6 hours, 40 minutes to knit, a little less than I expected. I think it might be faster to knit one sock at a time. It's beautiful, isn't it? The yarn is Trekking XXL, which Brenda says is like knitter's crack-cocaine. I only picked it up because my aunt said she needed brown socks, and the plain brown was just too boring to contemplate. I thought I could use this yarn for accent stripes, but it cried out to be made into a sock of its own.
The heel isn't bad, but it just didn't feel elegant to me. I decided to try it on a light, sport weight cotton so I could really study the structure and analyze the results.
Then once I started, I couldn't stop, and I kept knitting experimental short-row heels:
- Sherman heel, meticulously following directions
- Sherman heel, twisting the lifted stitches
- PGR heel, with yarn-overs
- Short-row heel with wraps
- Catch method (from the article in Interweave Knits)
- Japanese method
I think the Japanese method yields the best results. It looks exactly like the PGR heel, with its clean exterior. But fiddling with all the stitch markers was a pain, and I don't see myself making a habit of that technique. I've got a few more experiments I'd like to try, but my prediction is that I'll stick with the PGR heel.
I woke up this morning thinking of a couple other experiments to try.