I finished my poor, ugly little sock!
It's made of Lion Brand Magic Stripes yarn, in Sea Blue Pattern. It's 75% superwash wool and 25% nylon. Frankly, I think it's rather ugly yarn, but it was on super sale, and I got enough yarn to make a pair of socks for about $4.50. A pair of practice socks.
It's not very soft, because for some reason I thought knitting really tightly would be a good idea. I didn't do no stinkin' gauge swatch, either. I don't know why I made those decisions, but the sock fits, so I guess that's all that matters. In the future, I'll be a good little knitter and obey the rules.
The pattern is Cat Bordhi's Simple Sock from Socks that Soar on Two Circular Needles. I went with a shorter leg, because I decided that doing a full 6 inches of ribbed leg was going to piss me off. The pattern was really easy. My one complaint is that I've never grafted a toe before (becuase it was my first sock!), and the instructions said to "check one of the knitting books in the appendix" if you didn't know how. Not very helpful. However I found a fantastic tutorial here. The pictures and instructions are very clear.
I think once I do the mate for this sock (did I mention I've only done one?) I won't be knitting any more totally ribbed socks for myself, because I just don't like the ribbing so well. Maybe a ribbed cuff, but not the entire leg.
It's turned out to be quite the helpful little sock.
It kept me company on the way to work.
And it helped me water the grapes.
It tried to look a bit more attractive by posing coyly in the grape leaves, but it didn't work.
Still, I love my poor homely little sock, and once I knit it a little mate, I'll wear them all the time. When I'm at home in my bathrobe.