Pretty sure I won't have complete any more pairs this year, so my (unproductive!) year in socks follows
First, Crosshatch Lace socks from Sensational Knitted Socks
knit with Austermann Stepp. This yarn felt soooo nice to knit with, but I'm not terribly fond of the colors. They socks are cushy and nice, though. (I took this photo awhile ago, and I'm not sure why I didn't include both socks. They both exist..)
Then, for my boyfriend's daughters 12th birthday, Parachute socks! Also from Sensational Knitted Socks
and knit with Noro Kureyon Sock which she picked out. When I first started knitting these, I thought "I will never ever knit socks with this yarn again." It was thin and frail and not terribly soft. By the time I finished, I was used to it, but I think I'd stick with a stockinette pattern if I used it again. And they softened up after washing.
Happy with the end result, but these seemed to take foooorever.
Finally, my personal favorite and so terribly fun to knit... Mamluke Socks from Nancy Bush's Folk Socks
book. Knit inn Gypsy Girl Creations handpainted fingering weight in "A Taste of Wine" and "Fresh Lemonade." I loved the yarn; the pattern was well-written and beautifully designed. They're a touch big, but they'll be fabulously cozy in the Illinois snow. The pattern just flies by. I knit the entire second foot last night. These were my first fair isle socks, and I can't recommend Nancy Bush enough for first anything. I first learned to knit socks from Folk Socks
and that was lovely as well. I bought 2 extra skeins of this yarn since I feared running out, but I had just enough from the original skeins so I can't decide whether to exchange it or knit these in reverse.
They're in need of a good blocking, but I love love love them and wanted to share