I just completed these, and they are really comfortable. The yarn is Austermann Step color 3, and the pattern is the seed-stitch rib from More Sensational Knitted Socks. I did them toe-up using a provisional cast on and a short-row heel. I was planning to take a break from sock knitting and actually make a sweater, but now I'm feeling edgy about not having a pair of socks on the needles. Maybe I will break my own rule and work on 2 projects at once...how horrible that would be!