I don't know if I completed a pair of socks for myself at all last year. I know I made a pair for each of parents, and two pairs for a baby, but I might have overlooked myself altogether.
It's time to rectify that mistake:
Yarn: Wendy Happy
Pattern: standard toe-up on 64 stitches with short-row heel
My mom bought the yarn for me on a trip to Asheville, North Carolina. "Just buy me something that looks like Asheville," I told her, and I think those are some very helpful and specific instructions.
About five years ago, my parents and I went to Asheville during the fall. On our trip, we visited the Biltmore winery, and this is what these socks remind me of: the leaves that were just starting to turn, the crisp mountain air, and giant casks of local wine.