I finished Brian’s sock a while back and started on a pair for Nicky with the same yarn. I like how this yarn self-stripes. The socks look way too big, but they fit perfectly.
The reason for them looking so big is that it is a size 3 yarn (which makes them semi-thick and warm, but not as thick as a 4 ply yarn) as opposed to a size 1 or 2 which is sock yarn and fingering yarn. I like how they size the yarns now. Some of the newer patterns tell you what size to use to substitute yarns.