Actually, I have met my target--(7.5 inches) but—I am not satisfied. I will do an other 2 or 3 rounds before I stop. On LEGS, the sock looks long enough to fit, but LEGS, like most display models, has small feet. For years, the display size for shoes was size 6, which was the most common size shoe for women. But people are bigger, (taller and heavier) and our feet (on average) are larger. I wear a size 9 shoe, my daughter size 10 (and her feet though only slightly swollen during her pregnancy were up to size 11!)
These socks fit LEGS snugger than my socks (which are always loose on LEGS foot) But they well be longer than my average sock and way too long for LEGS by the time they are done.
I finished the few rounds (to reach 7.5 inches ) this AM. Last night, I took a break to string the beads onto the cakes of yarn for my next pair. Every single bead in the tube fit onto the yarn—except 1, but that bead didn't really have a hole at all. So now I am ready to cast on and begin –once I am sure that the Tyger, Tyger socks are long enough.
Thursday, I will see my DD and she can try the socks on and I can double check the length. I might need a few more rounds before I start the toe.. but I don't think so.
I haven't decided on a pattern yet for the blue socks, A couple of ideas are swirling round in my head... One idea is for a a round or two of beads every other stitch, and then some beads “dripping down”, other idea is for a scattered effect with the beads here, and here all through the leg. I have even considered beaded ribbing. I decide on something—soon since I will likely be casting on tonight!