M1L, M1R, M1L-purl, M1R-purl ... did you know there were so many ways to make one? I didn't, but I guess I'm gonna be an old hand at all the variations by the end of this sock! Hopefully by the end of the next repeat I won't have to google to remember exactly how to do each. And maybe, just maybe, I'll find a trick to make M1R-purl less fiddly and time-consuming.
Let's not focus on that though - there's that slip 2 to a cable needle and leave at the front, slip 2 to another cable needle and leave at the back, knit two through the back loop craziness that pops up six times on every 14th round. Now that is fiddly! And I'm not holding out a lot of hope that I'll get any quicker or more efficient with it!! The upside is that I'm knitting the sock on size 0 (2mm) needles and I have lots of them, because after all 3 needles holding stitches + 1 working needle + 2 cable needles = SIX NEEDLES. Seriously!?!?
I like to think that I do my homework by reading through the project notes of other Ravelers before I cast on ... looking for hints about whether they knit up small or large, checking for errata and watching out for any other helpful tips ... but in this case maybe I should have looked at how many of these projects were frogged. Because there's a lot in that category!
Never mind, I'm gonna keep a good thought and count on those Ravelers who remarked that it got easier as they went along. It's got to, right?