I finally gave in to the calling. The calling was hubby. I finally convinced him that wool socks were the way to go.
Luckily, I had 'Leisure Arts leaflet 261' that is dedicated to Argyle Socks in two different weights (fingering and sport).
I used Dale of Norway Heilo in shades of medium blue, light blue and cream with gold for the duplicate-stitching.
My adventure began with knitting on two needles back and forth from the cuff down to the top of the foot with my bobbins of wool dangling. I was surprised how smooth everything was going.
The heel stitches were put on a holder and were knitted next. After completing the gusset, I joined the sock in the round to knit the foot to the desired length less the required inches for the toe. I finished weaving the toe stitches and began (and completed) the duplicate stitching. It was time now to carefully mattress stitch the back seam and sides of gusset. I saved the best (?) for last...weaving in the ends of the diamonds. Well, all in all, the socks were worth it. I did not reinforce the toes or heel as I sometimes do.
Would I make them again? Sure...because hubby is VERY happy and takes great care with them...not right now, though. :)