Begger's would ride (and I'd have a stable!)
And if my feet were the size of display models (US size 6) –my socks would be past ready for toe shaping. But my size 9 gun boat feet will need a few more rounds (a bit more than half an inch—but not a full one!) before I start to shape the toe.
I discontinued the stitch pattern on the instep just after 5 inches of the foot—I find I don't like most stitch pattern inside my shoes—and these thick, plush, cushy socks are likely to be a cold day choice—and winter shoes tend to be more closed—so stocking knit is a better for the lower half of the foot—faster to knit, too. I'll finish them tonight, with time to spare.
Then tomorrow-- I'll be ready to start my next shawl/scarf. I am going to start with a provisional cast on—and leave an edging till last--since I still haven't made up my mind about what I want.