I attempted socks a few months ago and it didn't go well at all. Gauge was off and changed frequently. Toe was way too pointy and I am not an elf so it didn't work for my personal style. I heard that toe-up socks could be tried on as you knit them if you used ML or 2 circs so I decided to attempt socks again. This time I decided to use my daughter for a guinea pig since her feet are much smaller than mine.
I was a bit anxious about the short row heel, but it wasn't nearly as hard as I thought it would be.
After I finished the first sock, she refused to let anyone take it off. It was a little long, but not too much and since her feet are still growing I figured she wouldn't outgrow them tomorrow. *fingers crossed* I finished the second sock and she immediately wanted to wear them. Score!
The stripes are off, but it doesn't bother either of us. I'm just happy that they turned out so well and that she actually wants to wear them.