They're done! They aren't perfect, there's some issues to be worked out, but they're socks and I made them!
And now the important stuff: I used Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock yarn, It's super soft and was extremely easy to work with. The lady at the yarn store said I'd need two skeins for a pair, but my leftover skeins are both the same weight as the socks so I think I can get another pair out of it! (have I mentioned I have tiny feet? seriously, I shop in the boys section of the shoe store for sneakers)
I used the Yarn Harlot's sock recipe for both of them. The first one was 60 stitches on a #2 needle, that one was a touch too big so I did the second one as 56 stitches. I also made the first one using dpn's and the second one doing Magic Loop. Personally, Magic Loop makes knitting socks fun for me, dpn's just made it a pain. I did 15 rows of 2x2 ribbing and then 30 of stockinette and then the heel and all of that. I'm not sure how many rows I did before I started decreasing for the toe, but I went until it reached the middle of the ball of my foot and then I did a round toe and then grafted when it was long enough.
For the second one I tried to deal with the holes along the heel flap by knitting into the back of the stitches after I picked them up. That helped. There's still a weird hole right at the spot where the heel flap starts and I'm not sure what to do about that, but the holes all down the side of the flap are gone. So that's one issue. They also seem a little baggy right around the top of my foot near my ankle. Kind of the opposite side of the sock from the heel. I'm really not sure what I need to change to fix that. Do I decrease before I start the heel? Not sure.
But hey, they're socks and I made them! Yay!
For my next trick I'll be trying Wendy's sock recipe to see how I like the whole toe-up short rows thing. Stay tuned!