Knitting like there is no tomorrow ... I managed to finish New England last night. This pair is the most complicated pattern I have knitted so far ... and I am happy with the result. The leg part is longer than ordinary sock pattern. The lace pattern at the cuff makes it good for short boots. I like the cast-on method for this pattern. It is called "Double-start Cast-on" which creates a simple but pretty cuff edge. The toe-shaping is different from the usual method I learned from the previous patterns. For this one, you k2tog at the end of each needle. I'm not sure if I like it much. I used Elann's house brand Sock It To Me Essential 4 ply. It may not be the softest sock yarn you can find, but you can't beat the price for the quality. Besides, I really don't need some ultra warm socks right now.
I've seen a lot of sock knitters using sock blockers. I wonder what the advantages are. So, I asked. They told me they are just for good pictures! Well, for me, what is the best way to picture socks other than wearing them?