Finished, Mom's really cool socks:
Yarn: Knit Picks Essential (now Stroll) in Granny Smith, Cocoa, Pumpkin, Sarge, and Bare
Needles: Knit Picks Harmony dpns, sizes 2.25 mm and 2 mm
Pattern: Nancy Bush's Ilga's Socks from Favorite Socks
Mods: none whatsoever
Mom had picked these out as her favorite pattern in the book. I didn't jump right on them, as colorwork has never been my strong suit. But somewhere along the way last summer, knitting sock after sock in the Leyburn pattern, it occured to me (I'm a little slow at times) that if spreading the stitches out along the needle while you carried the yarn in front prevented puckering in Leyburns, maybe the same thing would happen in colorwork. I checked this brilliant insight out at my knitting group, and they kindly didn't laugh, and assured me it was indeed the way to do it. So my first favorite thing about these socks is the nice flat colorwork.
My second favorite thing is the eye-of-peacock heel. I just love me an eye of peacock heel, although I admit it's a little hard to see here.
And lastly, the cute little round toe, so cute that I quickly worked out a way to do a round toe in a toe-up sock, and cast on my next socks that way.
Happy Mothers Day, Mom! What's that? You want to wear them? Seeing them isn't enough? You do realize they're wool, and this cool weather isn't going to hang around much longer... all right, all right, I'll bring them up next time we come.