One of the reasons I like to participate in 'knitting games' like the Supersock World Championship is that I am introduced to patterns that I wouldn't have chosen to knit otherwise. Like the 'high octane' (the more challenging pattern) in round 5 of the game: Wildgarden by Stav Salpeter.
It is a really beautiful pattern but I admit that for myself I am not a fan of patterns with 'bulky' design elements on the leg and these have lots of them not only on the front but also on the back. They are an interesting knit and I finished them rather quickly - although there might have been a sigh of relief when I worked the final 'popcorn stitch. ;-)
I think they turned out really nice in the Hazel Knits yarn I chose for them but I am fine with the fact that they are a tad too wide for me. I'm sure they'll be even more loved in a new home. :)