I've decided on the Baudelaire pattern as my first attempt at socks. I'm not sure what I can't resist more, the decadent lace pattern in deep red, or the literary association (the designer has photographed the socks with the title page from the Flowers of Evil!). It appeals to many sides of me, to say the least.
Here's what I've done so far:
There all is order and beauty,
Luxury, peace, and pleasure.
~Baudelaire, Invitation to the Voyage
Update: I've been sick and haven't been able to knit much, but I did manage to finish the foot and am now working on the leg. Finally have some decent light for a picture too, though the red is still not exactly accurate (*glares at expensive camera in frustration*).
A finished sock coming soon...I hope.