Sometimes it's hard to choose between form and function. Most knitted items are meant to be used, so I want to produce something useful and sturdy. But knitting is also about beauty. About color and texture and lovely yarn.
However, in the case of socks, I'm trying something new for my go-to socks. A few people have told me that the plain stockinette socks just don't stay up as well as they should. So, I'm doing a k2-p2 pattern instead. I suspect it will be a more practical sock.
But, alas, it seems a bit of a waste to use self-striping yarn (Flamingo in Shepherd Sock, Lorna's Laces), but I'm going to stick with it and see if this might be a better basic sock.