I've been trying to find the "right" wool in my stash to knit my Mum's friend's socks in, but unfortunately most of the skeins I have now would be too bright for this lady, I feel. I found a skein of some leftover variegated, but it was only 64g. Optimistically told myself that could be done!
fool, fool, fool.
I came close, but no cigar. This lady's foot is longer than mine, so when I got to where I would start the toe on my socks and the remaining skein weighed in at 33g, I knew it was time to give up the dream.
I have done a contrast toe in a complimentary variegated yarn, but I think this wouldn't really be her cup of tea, so I will keep these for myself and go buy some sock wool (a full skein!) and start again...
And I finished the experimental after-thought heel socks, and I don't like it.
One of the benefits of this type of heel is that it doesn't interrupt the pattern in self-striping yarn, and it allows you to basically knit a tube then add the heel pouch in afterwards, making knitting process possibly a bit smoother.
However, the negatives for me outweigh any smoother process (besides, I don't mind knitting and turning heels!).
The heel isn't reinforced with any slip-stitches, so for me this would be a negative as I think they wouldn't necessarily wear all that well.
I found it difficult to gauge when to place the waste yarn and subsequently when to start the toe using this method, resulting in a not very good fit.
and finally, I just really don't like the visual on the heel seam! You basically knit as a 'toe" method, then Kitchener the final stitches, but I feel like it looks very clumsy as a finish.
so, the verdict is I'm glad I tried it (won't die wondering, as my Dad used to say), but I won't be bothering to knit the second sock.