oh and a blurry detail of the oblique openwork pattern. i'm pleased, it only took one repeat to remember the pattern and it does make getting socks the same length dead easy.
oh and the colour discrepencies are a mystery to me. the second sock (on the blocker) for some reason had twice as much of the yellow stripe as the other one.. i guess the ball was spliced because there wasnt a knot or anything. i moved the repeat up a bit at the heel but still didnt get them quite matching.
i am happy nonetheless. except of course i seem to think i need to replace the slight dent (who'm i kidding, you'd never know) in my sock yarn stash. compulsion, thy name is spider
PS after my rant the other day i have to confess to being tempted by a few toe-up sock patterns... better finish my sweater first!