I've thought about knitting this pattern from Nancy Bush's Folk Socks for a while now, and finally got around to it when I thought of this color combination. I had always thought of using dark brown, and the socks I've seen in brown and white yarn look very nice, but my teal colored leftovers of Araucania Ranco Solid from KawKawEsque inspired me to combine the brown with teal. I have not felt inspired to knit plain brown socks, but this combination made the brown Ranco seem a lot more interesting. I had already considered trading or gifting that yarn, because I always passed over it when choosing yarn for a pair of socks. But, as this and some other recent experiences have taught me, sometimes the old, boring parts of my stash come to life with the right kind of a project.
The three rows of stranded knitting were just about the ideal amount of colorwork in a project for me. I have to admit I really enjoy knitting plain stockinette socks, even though it seems that knitters are sort of socially conditioned to always say they enjoy challenging projects and find stockinette boring. This makes plain stockinette projects almost a guilty pleasure. Lately I've found it particularly difficult to find the willpower to finish a full-on colorwork project. That's why I don't have proper, warm mittens at the moment because I wore a hole through my favorite pair and haven't managed to knit a replacement.