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I have started journals, diaries, and blogs many times before, each time stopping when I got depressed by what I was writing. Living through it once was more than enough! So, will see how this goes. There is probably hope now as the pages I have set up so far seem to turn into blogs all on their own.
18 May 2004 - getting started
19 May 2004 - the cuffs
20 May 2004 - heading for the ankle
21 May 2004 - knit knit knit
22 May 2004 - approaching the heel
23 May 2004 - making the heel flap
24 May 2004 - a break of sorts
25 May 2004 - turning the heel and shaping the instep
26 May 2004 - shaping the instep
27 May 2004 - knitting toward the toe
28 May 2004 - toe shaping
2 June 2004 - closing the toe
3 June 2004 - finishing and washing
4 June 2004 - done!
Regrettably the http://www.royea.net/sockdemo1.html link for Socks 101 seems to have disappeared from the web as of January 2010 however the owner is currently running a blog at http://terriknits.wordpress.com/ The http://www.dabbler.com/ndlwrk/stocking.html link for Venerable stocking pattern is still available through the Wayback Machine.
For several years I have been thinking of how close writing programs is to writing procedures such as knitting directions. Perl is my current favorite programming language, so I was very pleased to find someone else who realized the potential:
Elizabeth Bennett's Perl program for calculating sock patterns
Here is another on-line sock calculation site: The Sock Calculator
These sites provide a number of free sock knitting patterns.