When knitting my socks, I didn't think about ease, I just knit and tried on and adjusted without any logical planning. Instinct knitting? I guess you could call it that. Wasn't calculated, more improvised.
Ok, this casual sizing plan came to a halt when DS's foot lives in another town. All the reading about negative ease skipped my mind about 5 socks ago. After carefully measuring, I knit the first attempt exactly 10" long - just like his foot. Oppsey. Too large. Frogged the toe decreases and started again. Still too long and baggy around the foot. Another weekend measurement, a little delving into the references and I think I have it.
Yesterday I cast on for the second sock and am trying 28 stitches on the instep needle and 32 stitches on the sole needle. Knitting away and hoping this works. Also hoping I don't run out of yarn. At least let me get down to the point where the foot hides in the shoe. Then I could change color. Oh, no, what if he wants to wear these with his sandels. Oh, well cross that bridge when I get there. See my knitting style. Jump in and adjust later. Truly knitting by the seat of my pants. (I need to google that - how did flying by the seat of your pants get started? I'm picturing some skater named Hans sliding down an icy canal at top speed with rump on the ice. Or maybe it was a comment from a chair lift as a ski-less skier slides rumpus style down the hill.
So now you know why there have been no blog entries - there have been huge blocks of time with no or negative progress while we wait for a fitting. Oh, I did complete the afghan.
http://www.ravelry.com/projects/Skylark if you ravel too.