I have been staring at these Flame Wave Socks for a while. I like the concept behind them. I like the yarn. I like the pattern. I don't like the gauge though. As I have stated previously, they are way too big. After some investigating, I realized that Ann Budd apparently knits her socks with positive ease. I don't know why she does this, especially with a yarn that needs negative ease to work. Oh well. I had tried starting the second sock with smaller needles, but it wasn't coming together.
In a moment of clarity (desperation?), I frogged them. No one, except for you and me, needs to know about these socks. I will tackle them in the future after I use a pattern that doesn't require as much thinking (yeah, that's right, I am not a swatcher and must rely on needle suggestions).
This is the last known picture of these awful, awful socks: