I just finished these:
All the snow in the UK this winter meant my wellies actually proved to be better shoes than my walking boots, which are lightweight and not waterproof, and my steelies, which just don't seem to have as good grip on snow and are usually covered in mud from work. However they were very cold, and are a little tight on my calves, which rubs a bit.
So I was going to make the ones by Louise Butt in the knitting collection, but on closer inspection realised my calves are far bigger than the largest size given on the pattern. I therefore made up the pattern myself, using this tutorial from knitty: http://knitty.com/ISSUEspring05/FEATsocks101.html for the foot bit and measurements from my leg and a tension square.
As you can see, the yarn did some odd things, but I guess that's self striping yarn. and at least it changed in roughly the same place on both socks. I think the toes look a little pointy too, although there quite comfortable on.
Now I've finished them, I think they're slightly too large around the calf, so I might make some form of garter for them at some point, although at the moment I'll probably just wear them with boots anyway.
Here are a picture of them with my Wellies:
I made a massive ribbed cuff, rather than the frills on the original pattern which I thought would look a little better. It's so huge so I can fold it over or push it down or whatever I feel like at the time. I think next time it would have been better in a thicker yarn for the cuff, and would have looked better with the wellies if I had done that bit with a plain green yarn.
However with these boots, I love them as they are:
All in all, as they are my very first pair of socks, I'm immensly proud of them and I can't wait to wear them out.
Comments, criticism, and advice absolutely welcome so that the next pair I make (although not for a while - socks that long for legs as big as mine take a long time...) are even more brilliant.