On any pair of socks, turning the heel is rounding a corner, both literally and figuratively. The foot (probably because the pattern is on only one side) goes a lot faster than the cuff. The first Pomatomus cuff seemed to take forever--I think the bulk of my knitting time on this sock was consumed with those three chart repeats on the cuff.
Comparatively, the foot happened quickly. This is good. For a time I was anticipating sending my second sock pal an email warning that the socks were coming, but not any time soon. I'm hopeful that Sock Pall (Sock Pal II--get it?) will be seeing a package in the next couple of weeks.
Do I need to tell you that I love this sock? The pattern and yarn are a perfect match. I love how the bold swirls complement the large scallops.
I also loved this toe-shaping technique. It might displace short-row toes as my shaping of choice. Why is that, when I enjoy short-row shaping so much? You are left with fewer stitches to graft. I can easily imagine the benefits of this if I ever have a nubbly or uneven yarn, or if I'm not in the mood to graft on a particular day.