A couple weeks ago (on the day Niecey-poo arrived, in fact) I started a pair of socks. Socks are my "idiot knitting" - something small that I don't have to think about too much, and that I don't mind stretching out over many months as a side project.
I had some nice Cascade Heritage Solid from a pair of frogged legwarmers that I wanted to use, so I went exploring on Ravelry to find a pattern that would help me spice up the project without making it too "thinky." I came up with Kalajoki.
This sock looks like a bunchy mess, until you put it on your foot. Stretched over the instep, all the bunching goes away to reveal the lovely wave pattern.
I'm only nominally following the pattern. I'm superimposing the chart onto my go-to sock recipe (memorized long ago from a leaflet that was my mom's, probably from the '60s) so that I have a little bit of interest, but don't have to pay too much attention overall.
However, I would like to knit these socks again, following the pattern to the letter. There is a lot of fantastic detail in there: mirror image waves and "ergonomic" toe shaping for right and left feet, and asymmetry on the waves themselves, which are kept crisp with twisted rib. I have another hank of Cascade Heritage in charcoal grey that will be just right . . .