ITEM 1: Summer of Socks Summer Socks.
These are the Summer of Socks 08 socks in Maizy, colorway Hibiscus. The Maizy was interesting to work with -- it's not wool, so it should be cooler than wool (one would think) in the summers, but to me it ended up actually seeming kind of bulky. Or at least not as relenting as wool is. Does that make sense? I don't know.
At any rate, these socks were kind of a disaster. The cuff is downright baggy, although it wouldn't be if they would stay up, stretched all the way, but they're just not going to do that. I added a crochet chain right above the heel, which minimized bagging when the cuff is slouching down a little, but which ends up buckling the cuff when it's slouching altogether. Which in the grand scheme of things doesn't really matter much. And on top of all of this, they're incredibly, incredibly biased. So. I'll probably wear them, but blegh.
ITEM 2: Crosshatch Lace Socks.
I've been looking forward to these ever since I decided to put this yarn with this pattern, and I love how they're coming out so far. The yarn is Sunnyside Ellen (on Etsy) Louet Gems Fingering Something or Whatever, in the Kaleidoscope colorway. They're looking different than I'd imagined, because I was thinking that there was much more of the lighter minty color, but this is good too.