OK, finally. The "fun" post! Here, in no particular order, I will detail the sock yarns I have loved and why.
First up: Zitron Trekking XXL:
I love the way the self-striping of the Zitron worked with the pattern AND it has held up fantastically over a year and a half.
Storm Moon Knit's (now out of production I think) Twilight Sock:
These have fuzzed up considerably, but they're my comfort sock.
Malabrigo Sock Yarn:
I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOOOOOOOVE this yarn. By far the softest sock yarn I have ever used and it just gets softer with every wash. My one complaint about these socks have to do with the heels (aka, why I chose to put this picture up). See the heel? How it continues the pattern right down? Complete with yarn overs? Yeah. Yarn overs + heel = bad idea. I think Cookie A makes BEAUTIFUL socks (these are her Twisted Flower Socks rav link) and part of that is due to the fact that the heel fits into the pattern seamlessly. But I've had to darn the heels on both socks and I think if I had just done a traditional-style heel that would never have been a problem.
Crystal Palace Panda Silk Solid:
Truth be told, I don't get a lot of opportunity to wear knee-high entrelac socks (shocking, I know) but the yarn is still shiny and beautiful after a few washings and I get so many compliments when I wear these. I'm sure, in part, it's due to the fact that people think I have to be out of my mind to have knit knee high socks (let alone in a pattern that many knitters find daunting to begin with) but I think it also has something to do with how great the yarn is. Oh, and these are the socks that met the harlot.
Schaefer Anne / Bamboo mix:
I said in my previous socksposé post that schaefer anne might not be meant for socks. And I'm sticking to that. Especially if left alone. But these were the first top down socks I made and I did it straight from the pattern. A blind "ok, if you say that's how you make a heel flap, I'll believe you" stab at it. And it worked. And that first heel that I turned I was AMAZED. IT WORKED. And I still wear these, regularly, almost 3 years later. It's the bamboo. The schaefer still attempts to felt to itself but the bamboo gets in the way. So they're a bit fuzzy but still fit and are probably the warmest socks I own.
Crash Into Ewe Jewel Collection
Only worn these a few times since they were finished just over a month ago, and every time I wash them I worry that the giant holes created by the pattern will get caught on something in the machine. But, so far so good. The colour has faded quite a bit considering they've only maybe been washed a total of 4 times. But I still think they're pretty and the sparkles haven't all fallen out, so that's good!