Lilly P socks for me, indeed, in the exclusive Knit Happens colorway of Lorna's Laces sock yarn, thanks to my Secret Pal 5. I debated for a while about which socks to make. The one problem I have with the zillion sock patterns out there is with gauge. I do swatch for sweaters, but I find myself unwilling to swatch for socks, and yet every sock seems to have a differnt gauge. It always frustrates me to find a pattern I want to make but discover it's at a gauge that doesn't seem right for me even in the same weight yarn. That's what happened with the Dublin Bay socks. At first I was perplexed by the number of stitches cast on until I realized the pattern calls for a much tighter gauge than I typically get. Since I feel like my history with handknit socks is that mine tend to be a bit on the "too big" side, I kept looking. I finally settled on the Cable Rib Socks by Erica Alexander in the Spring 2005 issue of Interweave Knits. They're a basic ribbed sock but with an elongated cable down each side. They're worked in a solid in the magazine, but I decided they'd be a good choice for this variegated since there's only a little cabling.
The cables down the side, in fact, are very subtle. Still, these are going to be pretty socks. The yarn is almost striping, but not totally. When you take in the whole sock, there are bits of zigzags of lime that break up the striped effect. It's very pretty. Very garden-inspired. I've kept these in a bag by my chair, and I pick them up now and again and do a chunk. The repeat is 10 rows long, with only one of those 10 involving a cable, so it's a very easy pattern to work on.
They are going to go perfectly with my very cool, impossible to resist, new pink Mary Jane Birkenstocks.