Smug

How about an action shot of the finished product. Well, if by action shot, you mean ‘peak coziness’ shot, not any sort of actual industrious striding about doing things.

And again, if I’d done the mending (and extra padding) with yarns that were a closer color match, these would be basically invisible after few wears. As it is, they’ll continue to be…um…high contrast. But the socks will also be much comfier (thanks to the padding) and should last several more years (thanks to the mending).

So…tend to your knits people. It’s not hard (especially if you catch damage early). It’s faster than knitting new things. And you’ll get to feel unbearably smug about (potential smugness is a significant motivator for me, might as well admit it).