As you can see, there has been much progress on the BMP socks. Not so much progress has been made on the final paper, however, so after this post I'm going to have to get back down to the business of writing. Ugh. (You know, even when you love the stuff, sometimes you just don't want to write.) I've made some modifications to the socks, such as the heel. I decided that the striped heel would probably be too busy for my brother, so I did it all in black. This was also, in part, a yardage issue. I also decided not to bother with the colour change for the final row of invaders - this was somewhat a money issue. The yarn for these was not cheap (for a grad student - but I think worth it because they will be very strong socks) so I didn't really want to buy a skein of green simply for maybe 4 or 5 yards worth. And I didn't want to be bothered with the messiness of dying it with Kool Aid.
Also, if you look very closely you will notice that the last two rows of Space Invaders in my socks are flipped from what you will see in the original pictures on knitty (check out the first picture at the top especially). This was not done on purpose; rather the charts are actually wrong - or right and she knit her own sample incorrectly! In any case, I didn't notice until I was about to start the last row of them and I wasn't going to frog back all that colourwork, so I left them as is. I don't think it makes that much of a difference, especially not to the recipient!
So now I'm working on the miles and miles and miles of black stockinette on size 0s. My bro has feet that are US shoe size 11 or 12... I can never remember. Or rather, his feet are probably like mine, in that every brand of shoe fits slightly differently. I can wear anything from a woman's 6.5 to 8, depending on who/where/what/when, etc. So I'm going to make them 11 inches long from heel to toe and hope that they'll stretch a wee bit. Which means that I have 8.25" from the back of the heel until the white stripy bit. I'm trying to decide in this time whether or not to make an all black toe, all white or the same as in the original which is striped. Due to yardage concerns, I may choose to do all black again. Plus, I'm not a huge fan of this version of short rows, which consists of yos and SSK3togs in order to accomadate for the colour changes.
Since everyone seems to be doing it, why not me too... I'm going to take a poll: what do you think? Black, White or Original Stripes?