And here's a close-up of the lace pattern:
What do you think? Pretty, huh? I've been looking for a pattern for socks to knit for my Aunt Carol. I was tempted to just knit another pair of Monkeys, but it might be nice to try something new. My only concern is that she might appreciate a non-lacey sock because they are warmer, but the only patterns I can find that are looking interesting to me lately are lacey. Maybe it's because it's hot out. Who knows?
Why I might knit these socks: I love the pretty lace pattern and it looks like it is probably easy enough to memorize for some TV-knitting. Also, I bought a nice tonal yarn for my Aunt's socks and I think this pattern will really show off the subtle variations in color well. Oh, and the pattern is FREE! Sweet!
Why I might not knit these socks: They are toe-up, which isn't my preferred sock-knitting style, but I can deal. I saw some people on Ravelry have converted the pattern to a cuff-down version, but that sounds like it could lead to a headache for me.