Starting another pair
This time with a less pricey yarn (and hopefully without any knots). I was too stubborn to swatch and started right away with a figure 8 toe. I ended up with too many stitches and had to rip down to the right number:
You cannot tell from the picture, but the toe looks twisted because my M1's are all biased to the same side. The other M1's I know of that can be symmetrical leave a hole. So I'm ripping and starting again with the trusted short row method.