I like socks. They're fun to knit. They don't normally take very long to complete. They're functional.
And, if you don't mind my bragging, I'm pretty good a knitting socks. I have much better luck with socks than with sweaters.
I also think they're a good starting point for making your own design. Once you know the basic sock template, you can add whatever stitch(es) you like. Besides fitting your stitch pattern in your ankle circumference, there's not much to it.
I had two requests from my mom when it came to her Christmas socks: 1. She wants them nice and thick 2. No crazy colors.
So I wip'd (he he) these up. All by myself.
They're made out of one skein of LB Wool Ease worsted, which is a good, cheap sock yarn despite the high acrylic content. I knit them on US 4 circs (magic loop) so the fabric is really thick, and a little stiff, but nothing a trip in the washer and dryer won't fix (another LB Wool Ease advantage). I grabbed the bias rib from one of my stitch books and the lace border from the Floral Lace Anklets (Lace Style, Interweave Press) I just finished. Overall, I took inspiration from the Spiral Boot Socks from Interweave Knits Summer 2007 by Veronik Avery.
Sorry, but this is the only picture and I know it's not a very good one. (It's kind of like looking at the sock's butt). I haven't been in a blogging mood these past couple weeks. But since I have an extra skein of this yarn, maybe I'll make a pair for myself... eventually.
Good News! I'm breaking my yarn diet this Christmas. I've already ordered some yarn and me thinks I'll be ordering more... YAAARNN!