Sunday night I finished the socks.
Husband's socks take twice as many stitches as my socks, and I am feeling pretty good about being able to finish them in just a few days. Being sick helped immensely. No way I could have done it healthy.
This method of sock construction is supper easy and I plan to use it again for the next pair of handspun socks.
1. Cast on with commercial yarn and knit a ribbed cuff.
2. Switch to handspun yarn and knit round and round until you run out of yarn. (Or until you have just enough yarn left to add a square to the Sock Yarn Blanket.)
3. Switch back to commercial yarn and make another cuff. Cast off in pattern for a not-too-tight opening.
4. Fold the tube in half, snip a stitch in the center and pick out stitches until you have two separate socks in progress. Having two sets of needles is vital for this step.
5. Try on tube. Measure how far to knit until it is toe time, and mark where to position the heel.
6. With commercial yarn, knit plain until the sock is the correct legnth and then knit a toe. When working an after thought heel, work a round toe. Why? No need to worry about lining up your toe and heel just so. With a round toe you can put your heel any position you like, it can not be crooked.
7. Snip a stitch where your heel will be and pick out stitches. Make a wedge (regular) toe. Kitchner the ends.
8. Admire your cleverness and ability to use every last bit of handspun.
You can probably find very good directions with pictures about cutting holes and picking up live stitches on You Tube. The first time I worked an after thought heel I used The Twisted Sisters Sock Book. A peach of a book that I would NEVER, EVER cull from the shelves.
I am VERY happy with the outcome of the socks and Husband thinks they are pretty swell.