I was sitting at the table a couple days after Thanksgiving picking up stitches because the heel of the striped socks was off center, why don't patterns say place a marker x number of stitches from each side?!? I have trouble counting oldest son asked what I was doing so I showed him the socks I was knitting for his Dad and he said "I would wear those" my four favorite words!! I told him they were wool and could be washed in the machine but need to dry flat, he said he already does that with his smartwool socks. He is a smart boy! so 5 minutes after he left I was on the internet ordering more yarn for socks just for him. Happy knitting--Ann-- check out all the wonderful knitting projects at Judy's. P.S. its snowing here!!!!