The poll has closed, and folks, I agree with 75% of you. The sock toe was huge, and in that perfectly unmathematical manner I mentioned before, Leyburn Sock v2.0 (with 8" around instead of 8.5") works much better.
Now onto two other problems! (Tell me others of you needed this much coaching when you knit your first pair...)
I've noticed that the pattern has little vertical give. But look at the difference between the sole and the instep:
See how the sole fabric is turning out much longer than the instep? How will this affect what I do when I get read to work on my short-row heel?
Also, look at the spot between the instep and the sole, at the gap between the two dpns:
This is what I get for being cheap and buying the dpns rather than one long circular for magic loop... But honestly, is there any way to avoid this? I think this particular pattern makes the ladder between needles more pronounced, but no matter what kind of tug I give the yarn to close up that gap, it's pretty big.
In all honesty, I doubt I'll really mind that gap once the sock is done... Still, if there's something to be done to make sock #2 better, let's hear it!
In other news...
The next post is post 100. I ought to do something faboo to celebrate, as other knitters seem to do. I'll dive into the stash to see what's contest-worthy, but no promises. I like my yarn!