I just made the ugliest pair of socks I've ever done!
First, I bought a ball of red, white and blue self-striping yarn where the blue/white combination was supposed to look sort of like stars for patriotic socks. Well...yeah, sort of.
I made them one-at-a-time, and though I worked on starting at the same color part of the yarn, they didn't quite come out even.
But when I finished the first one, I thought it looked incredibly weird. Amazingly I remembered what I did so the second one matched. But I couldn't figure out why it was so weird.
So, I'm doing my next pair 2-at-a-time, and was trying to remember exactly how to pick up the gusset stitches....and saw the instructions on turning the heel---and the light dawned! Can we all say, "duh!"