This project is going a little quicker than I thought it would. I began the first sock on Friday evening as I sat down to watch the opening ceremonies. I am not a big fan of ribbing, but the leg part was easy to start and things were going well. On Saturday I was ready for the heel flap. So, I reread the pattern and could feel the same old hesitance coming back. I mean that turning the heel part was just around the corner. I have read directions for turning heels and shaping gussets ad nausea. And I just couldn't picture what was supposed to happen. I know what a sock looks like and I understand how to read a pattern, but there was no way my mind was connecting those two things. So the easiest thing to do was knit something else and I have done this for a year. I have just never been able to get past this in a pattern and start a sock. This is why I decided on socks for my Olympic project.
The most helpful piece of advice I got was don't think, just do it. Follow the pattern and it will work out. And of course it did! I really now understand why people are so crazy for knitting socks!