Summer of Re-knits
It really wasn't an all-out plan to re-knit things I was marginally dissatisfied with, but that's what it has turned out to be:
Cast on 60 stitches
K2 P2 ribbing for 1-1/2"
Knit till leg is 5-1/2" and then start heel flap on 30 stitches (half the cast on stitches)
Gauge - 8 st/in unstretched and 7 st/in stretched on Size 1 (2.25mm) Crystal Palace DPNs
My ankle circumference is 7.5" (9cm) so if you do the math, it works out to 60 stitches for the sock fit that I like. I have a crazy affinity for numbers evenly divisible by both 3 and 4, but I played with Elizabeth Bennett's Perl Sock Program until I settled upon a plain vanilla sock pattern that I like. I deviate from her heel pattern and instead use Heels by Number (which hasn't failed me once).
I had already completed a sock knit on Size 2 (2.75mm) DPNs with this Lornas Laces Shepherd Sock yarn (a special Purl Soho striping colorway) but didn't like the results -- the sock felt too short and I wasn't crazy about the way it knit on the 2.75mm needles. It was one of those projects that I ended up putting away for a while until last weekend. Sometimes it's just terribly satisfying to rip out and start over.
I'm still sticking with my preferred sock construction - cuff-to-toe knitting with a traditional slip-stitched heel flap. Someday I'll get excited about the logic of toe-up construction and short row heels, but for now, knitting socks this way is comfortable for me. And, yes, I'm perfectly aware that it's high time I knit some patterned socks. Soon.