Chipping it away at it take hours--Knitting it up does too!
Just over 2 inches.. (and I underestimated— I will need more beads!) of sock--4 inches if you count the cuff) —but that still leaves at least 3 more inches(at least) before I think about a heel flap.
The stitch pattern (all those k2tog/P2tog ) aren't the stuff of fast knitting, and while is it in some ways easier to use a crochet hook to add beads as needed, it's slows down the work too. Pre string the beads puts all the time up front—Add as you go beading , makes the actual knitting slower.
I like how they look—The beads range from a tomato (orangy) red to a dark, dark tone that is almost purple-just as real garnets do. Some are clear, some have mirror like cores, and some are opaque—this add interest, too.
And I the subtle changes in the yarn--from pale, dove grey to almost charcoal—and I love the hand of the yarn, and softness of the knitted fabric. I think this super soft merino is going to wear out over night—and I am think about the construction of heel/sole and toe.. I think I should plan on having to reknit these parts—The yarn does have 20% nylon—but I am not sure how durable it is.
Yesterday—a reader asked (via an email) if I would do a video explaining a technique for using a 30 inch (or so) circular needle and knitting 20 or so inches of fabric.
Since I happen to have a cowl with less than 1 inch of ribbing worked (20 inches or so of tube on a 30 inch or so circ) I did--
You can find it here.