If you're in the area, do pay Bec's a visit! The staff are kind, the cafe cozy (with a gorgeous lounge area upstairs), and the drinks and cakes are delicious.
Ah, back to the socks in progress! I'm using Virginia Rose-Jeanes' Vanilla Latte Socks pattern and it's been pretty fun so far. I like that she allowed for different ribbing cuff options, and wrote directions for three different heels to choose. I went for a simple K2 P2 ribbing for the cuff, and worked an Eye of Partridge heel. If you recall I had my first experience with Eye of Partridge when working on Hermione's Everyday Socks last June!
The wool itself has been sort of scratchy, but I have some faith that it will soften up in the wash. Or at least that it will hold up a promise of being tough and durable. I also notice that the wool is a little bit "sticky?" As I unwind the skein I feel the strand kind of unzip as it's being pulled off from the rest of the wool. Anyone else have this with certain yarns? It's probably nothing bad, just a little bit interesting to find while working with new yarns from LYS in this part of the West Midlands.