I made some other minor changes, like not doing the chevron stripes on the heel, mainly because I hate purling with my left hand which I have to do with a two-color heel. I thought afterward that a heart on the heel might be cute. It would require less purling in two colors, but I don't really know how to do the Philospher's Wool wrapping thing with purling, not that I have even tried. Anyway, I don't know how I feel about the plain heel, but I got that done and turned. I started working the gusset, switching back to size 2 needles, but realized after about 2 rounds that I hadn't switched all the needles, so I was knitting half size 2 and half size 1.
I got really annoyed at that point and decided maybe I want to be insane and start over. I started measuring for gauge (nothing like waiting until you're 75% done with the first knee sock for that, right?), and realized that I really should be using a 1.5 needle. The 2's are off by one stitch in both round and stitch gauge (1 stitch less than gauge, making it slightly bigger than projected), and the 1's are off by 1 stitch too many, making it smaller than it should. So now I'm thinking I might just scrap it and start all over after buying a pair of size 1.5 needles. I keep saying I need to get them anyway.
It's about the knitting more than the finishing for me anyway, so even though I have done a ton of work on these, I can still start over. I'd rather be happy with them than just rush to finish. Anyway, here they are so far:
One side decrease panel and the back panel (other side and front are the same):
The back or front as it would look on, with the two side panels showing:
It's a lot of work to start all over on, but I really think I am going to. I'm just not thrilled with the fit at this point, and it's not like it's going to get better if I leave them as is.