For the love of mike, this sock may be the death of me. Seemed pretty straightforward: must be knit using yellow yarn. Fine, I have some yellow sock yarn. Clue #1: ribbing for 9 rounds. Fine, I can do ribbing with my eyes closed.
Then the knife in the dark: make a 'vikkel braid' on the next round. This is an Estonian knitting technique where you create a cute little braided effect around one row (you can kind of see it in the picture). Fine, I think. I've done these braided things before.
Well, I spent at least TWO HOURS last night trying to knit the first 3 stitches of this damn braid. The technique could NOT be done, at least not by me. I threw it down in frustration and went to bed. I dreamed of vikkeling all night. I was not going to be denied my mystery sock! I've been knitting longer than most of my readers have been alive, how could I NOT KNOW HOW TO VIKKEL???
Checked Ravelry for any helpful posts and found another knitter who said she/he had succeeded when they made their braid and the round before it very loose. Aha! I switched to size 3 needles and vikkeled away!
Never will forgive those Estonians, though.