I am often a victim of "Second Sock Syndrome". I love knitting sock --- not socks --- sock. I love a different heel, a different toe, the way a pattern wraps around the leg. People get so creative with their sock patterns and each one presents an interesting possibility for outcome.
HOWEVER, (you knew this was coming, didn't you?) I hate doing it twice. The very fact that there is a term for it (SSS) says that there are a lot of other people with the same issues.
OK, I have conquered it. I did it, I can sit back and admire it, so why do I have to do it again? I have given up wearing pairs of earrings. If I like the look of it today, I wear it. Rarely do I like both the same, so unless they are just spectacular together and say different things on each ear, I wear whatever suits me and frequently they don't even look alike.
As of August 2011, I have declared myself in the same mind where socks are concerned. I divvy the yarn up into two equal balls, find a pattern or two that I like, and march on to the drummer I am hearing. Now I am not insane, these two vaguely resemble each other....
On the left, New England from Knitting on the Road by Nancy Bush.
On the right, Nain from Silk Road Socks by Hunter Hammersen.
Did I have fun knitting BOTH? You bet I did! Besides, from a height of 5 feet or better, you can't tell they are not exactly the same.
If you are closer to my ankles than that, you better be a child (and therefore not interested that the socks are not exactly the same) or have some other intent, in which case if you notice the socks don't match you are not paying attention to the important things.
These are not blocked, blocked they are the same size. The patterns are the same gauge, which is, I think, helpful.
New England close up.