My life as a knitter is increasingly defined by the quest to find the perfect combination of enjoyable work and wearable end product. If I'm going to spend hours and weeks on a project, I want to make sure it will be an instant favorite when finished, something I wear often and happily. Likewise, I want to spend all those hours and weeks as pleasantly as possible. It's an endeavor to find the right blend of ingredients: yarn I love to handle, a pattern that keeps me entertained but never feels fussy, and plenty of signposts of progress (lest my relaxing pastime turn to drudgery), but always worth the attention.
More and more, I find myself returning to classic stitches. These knee-socks use the little arrowhead stitch, which is usually near the beginning of the "lace" section in any compendium (my perennial favorites are Barbara Walker's first two treasuries).
I like to think it is one of the Ur-stitches, discovered by the original knitters when they first started to play with yarn overs and decreases.