Here are the socks. From a pattern by Cookie A, they are called Monkey. I used a Marathon sock yarn.
The pattern was easy to follow and worked out well. I am still a little amazed how well they came out, turning the heel seems so mysterious.
The crochet blanket started as an experiment to see what would happen if I made crochet squares using sock yarn. I used a crochet square starting with a circle which I found on Ravelry. The pattern is called Flowers in the Snow by Solveig Grimstad. I joined six of these squares as I crocheted and ended up with six patterned rectangles. It wasn't big enough for anything sensible and I had run out of sock yarn so I matched up a deep purple sock yarn to make some plain versions of the flower squares and to add in the final borders. I put a little picot edge on and I'm please with the end result.