They are looking like a socks—and at the same time, it's looking like a piece of pie. I like it!
I suppose if I knit the sole separately, it would be finish by now. But I am glad that I chose to work the instep and sole simultaneously. Because I would have gotten it wrong.
This is the first time I've knit a sock too small. And it is definitely to small for my gunboat feet. There is plenty of stretch in the cast on edge, and I can pull the socks onto my feet, but I don't like how they look. They look good on LEGS—they fit LEGS—They even have to be stretched a bit to get on LEGS. But stretched out, to fit my feet they are less attractive. The knitting opens up too much, the smooth stocking knit stretches out and doesn't look attractive. The side 'seams' open up too. It's not a good look.
Well the good news is: My granddaughter is coming to visit—and she is age 12, and has smaller legs and smaller feet. They might be a bit loose on her (especially the leg part of the sock) but the foot is even narrower than the leg, (finished, less than 7.5 inches) –and should fit her about as well as they fit LEGS.
One nice aspect of the socks is that inside a shoe, the contrasting “crust” won't show. They will just look like normal socks. She might or might not like the idea of pumpkin pie socks—but since it won't be evident—its won't matter.
Living in SF, she doesn't have much of a need for wool socks—But my son and family camp—in the mountains—on a regular basis. Wool socks are perfect for camping and hiking. She'll be able to use them then, if no other time.