My goodness, it has been a long time. Dear me.
These are the Coquette Socks, from 2-at-a-time Socks by Melissa Morgan-Oakes. I confess that I made them the old-fashioned way, one at a time, because not only did I not have a small-enough circular needle, but I was in a tearing hurry to get these done before Christmas and so would have had to make a special trip for the needles and learned a new technique as well. I think I finished them on Christmas Eve, in fact -- but they looked very cute in clear plastic goody bags with a curly ribbon around the top.
The yarn is of course Regia Bamboo Color in Jamaica -- the darker blue/green colorway -- and Papillon -- the lighter red/pink/blue combination. I had more than a bit of trouble telling them apart in poor light, but knitted up it was more obvious.
I must say that the pattern gave me a bit of trouble, too, and that the publisher's errata were actually not much of a help, as I kept getting a slightly different stitch count, and ended up just winging it. More importantly, the pattern stitch itself did not come out looking like the photograph, until I realized that the photo looks more like a simple two-row stitch, not four. Once I worked it as repeating rounds 1 and 2 only, it looked better to my eye.
Other than that, I like the socks very much -- cute and girly, but not too much so.
I have been reading a lot lately, and barely knitting at all -- have finished one Christmas sock, not yet cast on for the other, as I got distracted by Nine Coaches Waiting, wh. I had in fact never read. My public library is renovating, and decided that the fiction section was the most expendable (why why why?), so that was what got boxed up and hidden away, leaving I think three half-stacks. I was looking for D.E. Stevenson, and had my hand stretched out in a pathetic begging gesture in the place where they should have been, and the Stewart was there. I think I'd read only her Merlin books before. Quite enjoyed the Nine Coaches --