It's astounding how using the correct yarn in a project makes the knitting enjoyable, whereas the wrong yarn makes you want to stab people with your needles.
'Olinas are finished!
You can see why they were worth doing over even though the first attempt was so horrifying and demoralizing. The left and right socks are nearly mirror images of one another. The pattern travels up half of the top of the foot and then wraps around the side of the leg until you get to the cuff. You have gorgeous pattern running up the outside of each leg.
The vines and leaves are set against a purl background, and it makes the twists of the vine really stand out well.
I did the short-row heel, which I'm not a fan of, and I did them toe-up, which I'm not a fan of, but they were worth it. I'm not convinced I'm picking up the wraps from the short rows properly, but I didn't care enough to look it up. I will admit that I'm getting better at all the weird parts of toe-up socks, so knitting them is not quite as horrifying as it was a month ago.*
I feel happy and relieved these are finished. I love them a lot, and they were worth the work. Maybe someday it will even get cool enough to wear them!
*I'm looking at you, Fire Starter and Paper Moon. Your time is coming.