Well, I've completed Ron's socks! I named them Dark and Stormy for two reasons. One, because of the blue and gray colors, and two, because I am a fan of the Dark and Stormy drink (Gosling's Black Seal Rum, ginger beer and lime).
I may have had a few of these during the evenings I spent knitting these socks! ;^) Yum!
These were done toe-up, two-at-a-time (TAAT). I used the Magic Loop method on one long 47" US 1 circular needle (my first time using ChiaoGoo Red Lace circulars and I LOVE them!). I originally tried them on a 40" but found that I didn't have quite enough loop left to comfortably maneuver.
They are a pretty basic sock. I used a whirlpool toe with plain stockinette up to the point of turning the heel. I then used Cat Bordhi's Sweet Tomato Heel (STH), the padded version, and then carried on up the leg with some 2x2 ribbing. In retrospect, I probably should have started the ribbing a bit earlier than I did, but all in all I'm quite happy with them. And so is Ron who has been wearing them a lot which is nice to see!
This is now the second pair of socks I've done TAAT and made using Cat's STH. The TAAT thing is good for me because I am definitely prone to second-sock-syndrome. Finishing both together is a real bonus. As far as Cat's STH, I love how simple it is and how once you have learned it, it's yours. You know when and how to use it and there is a real freedom in not needing to rely on a pattern to turn a heel. Not to mention that it looks great and is custom fit to your heel! For my next pair I would definitely like to add in some stitch pattern up the top of the foot and up the leg as well. Anyone have one that they particularly like? Suggestions welcome!