At any rate, let me show you the socks I did get done. Here are the Penguin socks that I promised my daughter a while back. I'm thinking they might make it into the mail in time for Valentines!
Pattern: Pop-out Penguins
Yarn: Blue – Socks that Rock light weight in Blue Moonstone; Black – Socks that Rock in Korrpi; White – Louet Gems in white and Yellow – Sunshine Yarns from the Spring Color pack
Size 2.5mm needles (magic looped)
I made a few minor mods to the pattern, adding rows between the cuff and start of the chart and end of the chart and start of the heel. The biggest change I did was to knit them in the round instead of flat. It was quite the learning experience, but I am happy with the result. I think if I did this pattern again I would do the 3-D parts using an “afterthought” heel technique. I found the short rows a little fiddly and they left a lot of little holes to be closed up at the end.
(love the little tail!)
Otherwise I can say that these were a fun knit and I think my daughter will enjoy wearing them.