I also left the legs shorter than the pattern suggested. I knitted just five rows: knit, increase, knit, change to cc, knit, bo. The ruffle was bit more dramatic than I thought it would be, but Amoena likes it.
Because of my adjustments even the smallest tree of life was too big so I had to make some adjustments and leave few stitches here and there out to make it fit.
I also finished a pair of socks . A friend of mine has a birthday soon so I decided to knit her a pair of socks. Personal, inexpensive and unique. Couldn't be better. The pattern I chose was January Girl . It was simple to knit and looks great. Perfect for someone who doesn't know anything about knitting.
My friend has small feet so I used just 54 co stitches. In the pattern there's two always knitted stitches in the middle, but I have only one. That way I managed to fit those 6 pattern repeats in 54 stitches.
If there's a way without picking up stitches, I'm going that way.
I'm not a big fan of picking up stitches. That's why I wanted to use hourglass heel instead of the one pattern suggests. I wrote the instructions down just in case someone else wants to make it this way too.
I also didn't like how the original toe looked so I used round toe instead. So quite a bit modified, but looks good.