I've got to say that this carpool knitting has been really productive for me so far. This is the third or fourth pair I've finished since I started sharing a ride to work. And I've got the next pair started. I haven't made a huge dent in the sock yarn stash yet - but I'm hoping to by the end of the year.
I like how these socks turned out. I use a sock yarn that is a blend of wool, polymide, and silk. The silk makes up 20% of the yarn, but seems to make a noticeable difference. The yarn is soft and smooth. There is nothing at all rough feeling about the fabric. Although at about $10 a ball (you need two for a pair), it isn't cheap. I think the socks ended up kind of short. I did save a little yarn to make a blanket square, but it wouldn't have made a huge difference in the length of the socks.
I liked the ribibng pattern too. It added some texture and interest, but best of all it was very easy. It's based on a 3x3 ribbing with a two row repeat. I'll definitely use it again. Although I am big fan of ribbing on socks. I think it is very forgiving and makes a comfortable sock.
Stitch Pattern: Twin Rib from Sensational Knitted Socks by Charlene Schurch
Yarn: Regis Silk Color; color 188; two skeins 50 grams each
Needles: addi TURBO Needles - US# 1.5 (2.5 mm)
Notes: toe up on 2 circular needles; short row toe and heel