I'm now about to tackle the toe-up socks in Sock Knitting Master Class. The first pair is Kathryn Alexander's Up-Down Entrelac socks (page 122), which are technically knitted both from the top down and from the bottom up.
These socks involve about a million colors (well, 30 to be exact) worked in a combination of stripes and entrelac. If I hadn't committed to knitting every pair of socks in the book, I probably would never knit these socks. I love the kaleidoscopic look of the colors but for years I've said that you'd have to put a gun to my head to get me to knit entrelac--all those ends and all that fussy knitting back and forth!
I decided that if I knit these socks, I want them to be every bit as sharp as Kathryn's originals. So, rather than digging up lots of mis-matched sock yarn leftovers, I ordered the yarn as a kit directly from Kathryn's website (you can see kits on her website, but you have to contact her directly to purchase them).
The yarns are so beautiful that I'm a bit reluctant to start knitting with them (maybe I'm just procrastinating the entrelac...).