Brainless sock by Yarnissima (free on Ravelry). Adapted for my man's size 10 feet and my yarn of choice -- Abstract Fiber Super Sock in the Portland colorway. Knit two at a time on a size 0 (2mm) Addi Turbo needle. I used the awesomely awesome Toe up! book by Chrissy Gardiner to recalculate the timing of my gusset increases and such, as well as the shoe size / foot dimensions chart from Charlene Schurch's Sensational Knitted Socks for sizing info (my man was abroad when I cast on), and they fit great!
This sock pattern and Chrissy Gardiner's master number worksheets won me over to toe up socks -- I am now totally a convert. And knitting two socks at a time ends my fear of second sock syndrome. I used one long circular for this project, which was a hugely bad call. Due to the cable detail running up the side of the sock, the pattern required shifting stitches around a bit -- a gigantic, epic pain on one circular. I'll use two socks on two circs when I knit this pattern again. I also think that next time I make socks for my man, I'll cast on a few less stitches for the toe -- these came out a tiny bit too boxy -- who knew he had pointy elf feet??
This was my first time trying the Abstract Fiber sock yarn, and I'm a huge fan. I believe I bought this skein from their booth at Madrona back in February. The gauge is just right (not too heavy or too fine), and the pooling is minimal! Abstract Fiber and Shibui use the same base for their sock yarns, and even though I love the Shibui semisolids, their tendency towards pooling irritates me.
Next up (I've already cast them on!) spiraling Coriolis socks from New Pathways by Cat Bordhi, with Abstract Fiber Super Sock in the High Desert colorway -- yum!!