I finished the socks last night. I find that when I'm getting close to the end of a project I get myself worked into a frenzy to finish it. I will stay up late, give my hands cramps, and work really hard to see the end result...and that's what I did last night. Finished. And I love it!
I think they're kind of sassy. I'm learning a lot about the construction of a sock. It's very fun because there are 4 distinct parts to knitting a sock, so I don't get bored. But I'm still trying to figure out fit. While these SHOULD have been small-ish for me, they fit a little big. My guage is correct according to the pattern suggestions, and I follow directions, so I don't know why they are big. But I'll make the next pair (and of course there will be a next pair...) a size smaller than I think I need and see what happens.