i certainly was challenged with this one ...
it's kai-mei. often times when i pick up a book or magazine, i flip through from back to front. so, this was the first sock i saw. before i even saw the other designs, i knew i wanted to knit it.
what made it so appealing? ... having the "meat" of the project on the foot ... the place where i get kinda bored and slow down in my sock knitting (mind you, i primarily knit top down).
the challenge was understanding the instructions. i don't think the marker placement is correct for setting up the lace panel. but, i couldn't find any errata regarding that. so, i just did what i thought looked best. the instructions got kinda muddy towards the end as well (setting up for the toe decreases). again, i did what i thought was correct (i set up the decreases based on the beginning of round marker, centered on the bottom of the foot).
the yarn (cascade heritage) was very nice to knit with. i have another hank in stash (yay!). i haven't worn these yet because i'm not so sure what shoes would show them off best. perhaps i should had knitted tabi toes?
well, the honeymoon isn't over yet, as i've cast on another sock from the book, angee...
i'd say angee is one of the more simple socks in the book. the design looks like faux cables or braids, but it's just a combination of yo's, k2tog's and ssk's, otherwise ... it's all knits & purls. basic.
and a basic design like that calls for a nice smooth yarn ... all things heather merino tencel. the yarn itself doesn't have any "boing", but the overall ribbed pattern makes the fabric hug nicely.