I didn't mean to. It's not really a good way to spend time, you know? But, well, it happens. I went away a few weeks ago and figured I'd take some Hawaii Lorna's Laces Shepherd sock yarn with me - that and size 1 (2mm I think) dpns, and a few likely stitch patterns scribbled on note cards. The stitch patterns were from Barbara Walkers Treasuries - 1 and 2.
So I do my standard sock foot - toe up (this one has a short-row toe, I've been experimenting with it lately), knit for a few inches, do a k2p1 rib on the sole and keep the instep in stockinette for a few more inches, then do a heel (one of Priscilla Gibson Roberts heels from her Ethnic Socks and Stockings book), then one inch or so of plain knit, and FINALLY, get to a leg pattern using the stitch patterns I brought me with.
After playing around with the different patterns (in other words, knit one or 2 inches, frog, pick another pattern, knit one or 2 inches, frog,pick another pattern, repeat) I settled on a nice zig-zaggy pattern with just a tiny bit of lace (if a column of yarn-over holes count as lace).
It looks great. Feels nice (except for making the foot just a tiny bit too short and haven't frogged that part yet, but that's just me being impatient to get the foot done.) Then I find that after all this, I've reinvented these razor shell socks! A few differences in the foot part, but basically the same sock. Too bad I didn't see these BEFORE I went away. I might've actually finished a sock instead of spending time knitting & ripping.
But then, it is Lorna's Laces yarn. It's just more time spent with a wonderful yarn!