...especially for a sock. No matter, one is what I have, and one is what I'm showing while waiting for there to be more progress on the Kimono Ribbon Soft Serve.
I'm using a yarn I have not previously tried -- from Claudia's Hand Painted Yarns, which is a nice merino yarn (probably Gems, though I'm not entirely sure). The colorway I bought is called "Santa Fe", and it's a nice blend of coral, gold and indigo -- the sample shown on her website is much paler than the yarn I used, but that's the nature of hand-dyed, I guess. While I absolutely LOVE the colors, I'm not terribly fond of the way the pattern developed over the sock -- I really like the pointillist effect that you usually get from Koigu (and probably some others), but wide zig zags -- not so much. Of course, the way the pattern plays out is affected by stitch count, stitch pattern, etc., so I could have had a little more control over it by making different choices, but this was a "travel" sock, so I wanted to keep it simple. I prefer the way the heel looks, so perhaps if I use this type of hand-dyed yarn again I'll do something with a slip stitch.
For now though I'll continue on to the second sock done in the same K2P2 ribbing, and consider a more intricate pattern for another time.
Still working on the Soft Serve, but progress has slowed due to wallpaper stripping -- ooh, what fun! (that was sarcasm, kids). Fortunately, it's a small room (guest bathroom), but man, that stuff is really stuck on. The spouse thought he could avoid helping by mentioning how much he "loved" the wallpaper, but sadly -- when it comes to home decorating -- he doesn't live in a democracy. Onward!