|My first sock!
When I was nearly at the right length I measured my knitting every couple of rows - I didn't want to make the foot too long. Why does knitting two rows make no difference when knitting towards a target?! A watched pot never cooks, but eventually the foot was the right length. At this point I decided that the sock looked sock-like enough for me to try it on. It fits! I gave an involuntary delighted whoop, which did result in a confused look from my husband. Once I'd explained, he declared my excitement to be cute. 2.25 inches for toes seems about right. In the moment I tried the sock on, I suddenly got why people knit socks. The sock is so cosy, and fits perfectly. I have a feeling these may not be my last hand-knitted socks (so much so that I might already have purchased more sock yarn...).
I had to reinstate my stitch markers for the toe shaping as it referred again to needles 1-3, but the toe shaping was easy; I've shaped plenty of mittens and other bits and bobs using the same approach. I even enjoyed the Kitchener stitching of the toe, not always my favourite task (I still have to look it up every time I do it), as finally I have a sock. And it only weighs 45 g, which means I have enough to make two, even after winding off the excess so they match.
Rather than put the sock to one side and allow second sock syndrome to set in, I cast on my second sock immediately. I will not be beaten!