It's taken me ages to finish these socks. There were several stops and restarts - the final one just a few rows short of the toe on the second sock. My enthusiasm for sock knitting seems to have dwindled; I hope only temporarily.
There are pluses and minuses to these socks. I really like the colour combination - camel and grey. A very classic combination. I like the plainness of the old-fashioned Patonyl sock yarn in stocking stitch and the slightly irregular fine stripes on the toes. However, I think the patterned band at the top of the socks doesn't really work well. The fleur de lys and heart pattern is lovely before you put on the sock, but once the pattern is stretched around my admittedly generously sized legs the pretty pattern is distorted. Maybe a fair isle pattern would work better around the ankle where the fabric is not stretched to the same extent.
The fair isle motifs and stripey toes are taken from Kristen Kapur's Sockstravaganza pattern that features in Julie Turjoman's book "Brave New Knits'. But I omitted the cabling and travelling stitches on the body of the socks to limit their extravagance.
For the first time in several years I have no socks on the needles. I think I might leave it that way for a little while and have a sock rest, even though there are a couple of Nancy Bush patterns I'm finding very attractive (what a surprise!)