A long, long time ago, like in 1980, I said out loud once that I wanted my sock drawer to contain all hand knit socks. At that time, I knit socks from scratchy 100% wool. Nothing else was readily available. (I've done so many socks that I have the formula in my head, although I'm lousy at getting the fit perfect).
Then, the holes started. I persisted. Eventually I knew that there was better sock yarn out there, and I sometimes used it. But, I stumbled on Yarn Harlot's Koigu socks, and started in on those. Can't locate the original post to show you, that was a while back too. I probably did 4 pair of koigu socks, comfy and great under Birkenstocks. More and plentiful holes. For example (under the ball of the foot/metatarsal heads)
Yes, you know, you can wear them with holes under Birkenstocks. But really, Koigu has better uses. (There's some in the stash for a shawl/stole).
One sock concept that I have done was highly successful. Beth Brown Reinsel's little books for Scandinavian themed socks. Obviously, this is me and we know where this is going with the Scandinavia theme; be it lusekofte, fana, or ullared, I love them all.
Oops, I didn't do the lusekofte.
I used Brown Sheep Wildfoote for these and they are going strong, although I wear them sparingly. I highly recommend the Wildefoote.
They would make awesome Christmas stockings.
While the shaping is fun, and I do love the sock yarn that changes color, I've tired of sock knitting for now, at least for myself.