The first pair is called Moody Stockings from the Yahoo group Sock Knitters Anonymous. The pattern was designed by Erica Lueder and can be found on Ravelry for free. The Nature Spun was perfect for stitch definition and, of course, since it is 100% wool it keeps the feet dry and warm. What more could one ask for.
The pattern for the second pair came from Stephanie Van Der Linden and is called Escherwuerfel (Escher Cubes). I've wanted to knit this pattern for a long time and finally decided to give it a try with the Nature Spun yarn. The pair turned out much better than the photo suggests. My aching back decided to scream "I want to sit down" and I decided to better listen to it. The pattern can be found here . While the pattern is in German, do not despair. It is only a chart and an explanation of how the designer came up with it. There are only two symbols in the chart -- one for the knit stitch which is represented by "0" and the purl stitch is represented by a "-". I decided on 60 stitches since each repeat is 10 stitches long.
Same yarn as the first pair of socks, but taken on a different day.
Knit on, Merrily!