...at least, I think these ones are. It's all because of my indecisiveness. I loved each of the colors involved, so I tried out a couple combos.
I love a good knitting circle. While I was working on the first sock at knit night, the gal across the table piped up and told me that I don't need to fuss over a pattern. She says that she can knit socks by the seat of her pants, so to speak, since reading a book by the Yarn Harlot. She offered to photocopy the bit from the book that really helped her get a grasp of socks, but I try to avoid copying when I can. She was able to talk me through the heel, and I was able to get the book, since we were knitting at a bookstore cafe. I'm so glad I didn't just accept the sock bit. I've been knitting for years, and I have knit at least five pairs of socks and used different approaches to sock knitting, but Stephanie gives a great bare-bones explanations of socks that, I think, makes the book worth the thirteen bucks. (Okay, I used a coupon. Nine.) It strikes me as a guy-friendly approach to knitting, discussing the how-to's of the craft so that you can make it up yourself and put off asking for directions. So there's an unintended book review of Knitting Rules by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee.
And here's a little celebrity shot.