I am addicted to knitting socks. Here is a gem I just finished by the name of "Cubist". It is a pattern by Cookie A and I got it on the web as a free pattern. I am so impressed with her designs.
I did a lot of ripping but managed at last to knit it. I am not too experienced in the knitting department of charts etc but I am learning fast and this pattern was really not that hard if you payed attention lol.
I bought her book, "Sock Innovations" right away as I love all of her designs. I managed to get her 8 or 9 free patterns off the web by searching etc.
I will be knitting these socks as a treat, only for myself as I consider these socks to be very special and they take time. Time that is very enjoyable to me as I am learning.
I did get a few skeins of some lovely hand painted yarn that they had on sale but only bought one skein of each as I have a whole bag of fingering in plain and different colors that I had bought many moons ago and I intend to use those along with the hand painted yarn for the same effect as above.
I got some great deals on, Panda Wool by Crystal Palace Yarns, a bamboo and wool mix that I have heard great things about. I will try these on my next Cookie sock project. I used a #3 knitting needle on the sock above as the design made the sock too tight for a #1 kneedle. I will try a #2 needle next to see if I hit the right size. These socks fit a bit loose but I can shrink them some.