One of the things I've really enjoyed about being part of the knitblogging and ravelry community is participating in knitting swaps. It's funny, trying to explain it to non-knitters - they find it quite hard to understand that you might actually knit something for a stranger! And that they (or someone else) might knit something for you in return!
I've done a few swaps, and have been really lucky each time - I've had no swappees flake out on me and have received some lovely goodies and made some great friends through swaps.
My only problem with swaps is that I always (always! I never learn!) leave the knitting to the last minute! Gah! At the moment, I'm madly knitting for two swaps - an international Christmas Stocking swap (via Ravelry) and an Australian rainbow swap (again via Ravelry) - the theme was Red, so how could I not sign up!
For the Christmas Stocking, my pal expressed a desire for a white/cream aran style stocking, with cables and bobbles and the works. I couldn't find a pattern so I figured I could make one up (well, using stitch dictionaries and the like). And this is where I'm asking for your help (again! I know - so demanding this week!!)
So far, I've done the cuff in "holly berries" from the Vogue Cables Stitchionary - I figured that was suitably Christmassy. I did a garter ridge and Vikkel braid at the base of the cuff, and then I've done the leg using the cable pattern from Irene's scarf. My first bobbles!! I've done two repeats and I'm going to do one more (at least) and then do the heel.
My dilemma is what to do once I reach the heel. Short row heel flap or heel flap and gussets? And do I continue the cable pattern on the heel or do it plain or do another pattern on the heel?
I'm planning on doing another pattern on the foot, sort of like the snicket socks (Rav link). But how to transition? I'm considering doing another garter ridge/vikkel braid at the bottom of the leg, but I'm worry that will look a bit chunky. Hmmm. Guess I will just have to give it a whirl and see how it turns out.
But any advice/opinions will be much appreciated!!