I have conquered! The Trekking Socks are finished (see below) and I am totally pleased with the result. The fit is excellent, and I know I will enjoy wearing these as soon as fall arrives. So I rewarded myself today by casting on with the Socks That Rock yarn. Can a person have more than one favorite sock yarn? I'm barely an inch into the first sock tonight and I can see where all the praise for STR comes from. I LOVE this yarn! I'm doing the Lichen Ribbed Sock from Knitting Vintage Socks; this is the first Nancy Bush pattern I am knitting.
And for Roxie, so that the suspense is over, I have taken the cone of mohair/wool/nylon (60%/25%/15%) and have cast on for Miriam Felton's Icarus Shawl, from IK Summer 06. I think this is going to be really fun to knit as well.
I am finding that as time goes on and I try more and different things, my pleasure in what I am knitting is becoming greater and more absorbing. The nuances of colors and the interplay of patterns is growing more addictive and more creatively satisfying. The infinite variety of sock yarns and patterns, lace yarns and patterns, and even MDK garter stitch...so much to knit, so little time!