I think I love you. All of my readers and invisible friends have been so very helpful. You gave me such great ideas and I listened to you.
My predicament started with some major pooling with the Lorna's Laces yesterday when I had only knit the cuff. Many of you recommended trying to knit the pattern of the sock to see if that altered the pooling because sometimes it does, depending on the pattern. I decided to try this solution first as it seemed the easiest one to attempt.
Unfortunately after just another inch, it was quite apparent that the pooling was as bad as ever. On to the next solution. You recommended obvious things like changing needle sizes or patterns. Since I didn't want to change patterns, I opted, with much reluctance to go down to a US Size 0. YIKES.
Voila! Problem solved in two easy steps. I like the striping on this sock and while I know the heel flap will have some pooling, I'm totally fine with that. The US Size 0 needles will be an issue. They'll cause me to knit these socks slowly with lots of other projects thrown in the mix. I can only knit on needles that small for short spurts, otherwise I'll wreak havoc with my body. But I'm happy as a clam thanks to all of you and your collective wisdom and problem solving. What would I do without my readers? Thank you!