I started these socks on our vacation in Italy in October and finished them a few weeks ago. These photos show the slight shimmer of the silver threads woven into the yarn. They are just so pretty and festive.
When it came time to knit the heels I decided that I wanted to have contrasting heels and cuffs. In a perfect world I would have had contrasting toes too, but I was too lazy to rip them out and start all over again. I went to my local yarn store and found a coordinating grey baby merino that worked out really well.
I also wanted to try the Afterthought Heel. For those non-knitters, it is a technique where you place a removable row of stitches where the heel should begin and then go back and knit the heels after you are finished knitting the entire sock. This technique is to allow the stripe pattern to not be interrupted when knitting the heels. This new to me technique taught me that I still like my Fish Lips Kiss Heel technique, but I am willing to try to do an "Afterthought" version of it the next time I make striped socks.
Pattern: Vanilla Socks with an Afterthought Heel Free on Ravelry
Yarn: Glitter Stripe Gothic Plum Sparkle from Simply Socks Yarn Co. 84% superwash merino, 16% nylon
Heels: Lanett 100% Merino light grey
Needles: 24" Circular Addi Turbo Sock Rockets US Size 1 (2.5mm)