These socks have been around for a while. i first started them around this time a year ago, abandoning them when i screwed up the first repeat.
In January this year, I started them again and got into a bit of a groove with them. Sort of.
i still found them to be a bit of a slog, but I'd grown a bit as a knitter since I first cast them on and they were not so hard.
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