I decided in the end that I couldn't wait to start the Sockapalooza 4 socks, so I dived straight in after I had finished the first toe-up cotton sock for my boyfriend (so nothing to cross off on the manifesto yet).
As much as I liked the Seduction sock pattern it needed resizing for my sockpal's foot measurements and I wasn't in a fit mental state to work out the maths required. So first of all I tried the Simply Lovely Lace Socks from Interweave Knits Spring 2006. But the twisted stitches did nothing for my lovely yarn so I ripped it out after an inch or so.
I've picked a new pattern though and I've been going well over the weekend, look:
Doesn't the yarn work up well, just plain stockinette looks great and no pooling or any weird effects at all. The front of the sock is yet more exciting and I'm quite pleased with it even though I have made one mistake with the lace chart which I decided not to go back and fix (hope sock pal won't mind!)
Here again (with flash - yuck!) so that you can see the stitch pattern:
The pattern is Falling in Love from Magknits. Haven't changed anything yet but I will be putting some ribbing at the top of the leg as has been done here. I'm definitely loving this pattern and the yarn is knitting up beautifully. I'm excited to keep working on these which is good. The toe of this, my second ever toe-up sock, was much more successful than the first attempt. I used Knitty's Magic Cast-On and remembered to twist my M1 stitches so as not to leave holes when I increased. I must make sure that I can whichever heel option it is I choose turns out just as neatly. There are a couple more lace repeats on the foot before I get to that though...