When my first sock was done, my reaction was that it looked like some kind of bird, rather funny for a sock, but when I put it on, it was oh, so comfy! The rib hugs the foot and ankle at just the right spots and the contrast stripes in the rib add elegance.
The sock is knitted from the heel on upwards and sideways, joining the instep as you go. The toe and leg are worked from either end. This construction is accentuated by the contrast stripes.
To honour the sort of birdy first impression, I have called them Tjäder Socks. Tjäder (pronounced ‘Chader’) (Tetrao urogallus) being the Swedish name for Capercaillie, Eurasian Wood Grouse.