I like them—but...
I made the cast on too tight. The socks fit over my heel (with a struggle) –--the top edge has no stretch at all. They are shorter than my average sock—with no stretch, they had to be. I wear them--it's a testament to the sock yarn,(--and to having now 50+ pairs of sock)—that they look so good still.
So, now, a new improved repeat is being knit.
A different cast on (tubular), a different rib, (1 X 1, two color) and a slightly different swirl pattern (it's longer) and I am well on my way to a new pair of socks—I am ready to start the heel flap!
The grey is a lighter shade, the pink is a long discontinued color (also Kroy). The fit (and stretch of cast on edge) is dramatically improved.
So sock number 1o gets crossed off the list...
But it can be replaced by an other sock (how could I have forgotten it?) Indigo blue herringbone twill stitch socks, trimmed with taupe (--Denim socks!)
And even thought I really like these socks, progress will slow down dramatical—I have 2 pieces of fabric crying for attention—a chocolate brown twill and a brick-red even weave.
And, in a bit of reverse engineering, I have several pairs of socks that are partly or predominately brown, and a few pairs of socks with just the same shade of red. So I can make skirts to match socks as well as socks to match existing clothes.