The yarn is pretty and the zig-zag cable is pretty sharp, but what makes me smile the most is a part nobody will ever see - the heels. I tried two new things on the heels. The first was the Double Gusset Heel by Cristi Payne. It hugs my heel so comfortably and I will be using this gusset over and over in the future.
|Double Gusset on Bottom of Foot|
Second, I decided to carry a mohair/silk blend yarn with the heel for strength. I heard about using Rowan Kid Silk Haze for this, but decided to go with a less expensive option: Knit Picks Aloft. Carrying the second strand required a little more work when doing the heel (cutting yarn when knitting the instep), but worth it if it provides more protection against holes.
|Hairy Heel, but Strong!|
The Highland Handmades yarn is quite variegated, but still doesn't obscure the zig-zag cable running down the foot. I have knit so many sock patterns, but I have found very few that I would knit twice. This is probably one of my favorites - so easy, but not boring.