First up: a pair that I decided to call Mint Chutney, because a) they are so very green and b) the pattern is called Corn Mint Leaves. I knit them for the October/November Free & Funny KAL in the HiyaHiya Patterns KAL group.
These socks feature an easy-to-remember lace pattern that knits up surprisingly quickly. There was a minor issue with the charted pattern when I knit it, but I was able to work around it, and the pattern has probably been updated by now.
Oh, the yarn I used was Regia 4-ply... no experiments this time ;).
The second pair I finished was the October/November Mystery in the Solid Socks group. The pattern is Quercus Prinus (which I have now learned is the Latin for Chestnut Oak, a tree that is native to the eastern U.S. and that I had never heard about before... just goes to show that knitting socks can be a highly educative pastime) and available for free. The socks feature an interesting cable pattern and were a bit more challenging, but still very enjoyable to knit.
The yarn I chose for these socks is Rico Design Superba Cotton Stretch (colour: Fuchsia). It's the first time ever I have used a wool-free yarn for socks - so I am counting this as an experiment. It knits up nicely with a very clear stitch definition, it's soft, and it seems to be stretchy enough for a cotton-rich yarn. I have worn the socks once, and so far, am happy enough - they are very comfortable to wear. Now I just need to see how they'll keep up with being worn and washed more often...