I cast on a new pair of socks yesterday and of course, cannot leave a pattern alone. It's the Lace Socks from Holiday 2009 Vogue. The pattern has four separate panels of lace and is quite stunning in the solid yarn pictured in the magazine. The 60 stitches are divided into repeats of 4, 13, the same 4 again and 9. However, that much lace was not doing justice to this tonal dyed merino. It was far too busy. I'm more committed to the yarn than the pattern so I ripped out the 20 rows I had done and simplified the pattern by eliminating the 9 stitch lace panel. I've maintained the seed stitch up the centre where the gusset will eventually split, but have converted the remaining 4 + 4 into stocking stitch. It's made both the yarn and the remaining lace look much better.