For Intermediate knitters (or the very adventurous beginner!)...
I just discovered Elizabeth Zimmerman's "Moccasin Socks." They are so wild!
You know how most socks are knit, basically, in a tube, from the top down, or from the bottom up....
Well, these socks are knit it the wildest way. First you knit the leg, then the top of the foot of the sock (without the bottom!). Then, when you get to the toe, you switch from your nice, soft, pretty yarn, to your durable nylon-reinforced yarn, and knit the bottom!
The whole idea behind this sock is:
--you can knit the whole bottom of the sock in a durable yarn, not just the heel and toe
--when the sole wears through, you can easily unravel it, and re-knit it, independent of the top of the sock!
Isn't this just crazy cool?!
I know what my next project is going to be!!
...If you want the pattern for this sock, you can find it in Elizabeth Zimmerman's book, The Knitter's Almanac. (If you buy this book, or any book, through this link, you will be supporting this site; I get a small kickback. Thanks.) ...Or, better yet, you can buy this book directly from the publisher: Schoolhouse Press was started by Elizabeth Zimmerman, and is now run by her daughter.