The Southwest Socks, they are finished!
After fighting with the toe of the second sock, I finally finished it on Sunday evening. The colors are a little bit brighter than in this photo, but this was the best one I could get, and it's not really too far off.
Here are the details:
Pattern: Yankee Knitter Classic Socks for the Family
Yarn: Dancing Leaf Farm Sock Hop, 1 skein
Needles: US size 2
Comments: I'm pleased with how they turned out, though they gave me problems from the get-go. Not so much with the pattern, since it was just a basic sock pattern, but I had to restart them several times, and then just as there was about 1 inch left to knit on the foot of the second sock, I was pulling yarn from the center pull ball, when a huge tangle of yarn came out! (I think it was Carol who called this phenomenon "yarn vomit," and that's just what it's like.) Anyway, it took me two evenings to untangle it to the point where I could continue knitting. Then when I got to the toe, I kept dropping stitches - grrr! But they are finished, blocked, and ready to be gifted, and I do like the final result.
They are a Christmas gift for my nephew's wife, Liesl, and the colors remind me of the Arizona desert. They live in Tucson, so I hope the socks will feel at home there.
If you are dying to see the Ravelry entry, it's here. Go crazy.