I needed a quick and easy project to do while I was on vacation and I hadn't knit up a pair of socks in a long time. I had this perfect ball of Deborah Norville Serenity sockweight yarn I had purchased from Joanne's.
The hard part, though was to find the perfect pattern that would quickly knit up. I ended up modifying a free "trekking" pattern on ravelry.com. While the original pattern called for the two alternating ribs from the cuff down, then stockinette stitch down to the heel. I though that was incredibly boring so I continued the rib in alternating rows. The stripping of the yarn contributed to a nice undulating pattern. For the heel, I used the "Fish Lips Kiss" heel which worked out well.
I love the result of my first attempt to step out of my comfort zone by modifying a pattern.