By happy chance, the first Sock of Shame to come down off the clothesline in 2010 is the oldest of the bunch, black Pink Beads by Christina Coghill. It was the December 2004-January 2005 Six Sox Knitalong sock. The first sock predates Ravelry and even this blog. The second sock was finished Saturday evening.
The sock is a basic design with beads that form graceful argyle diamonds. (DH insists they're really alien spawn. I suppose I can see that, although they look more like DNA strands to me.) The beads are placed while knitting and therefore sit vertically on the fabric, rather than being strung before knitting to sit horizontally. I have no strong preference for either technique – for me, it depends on how I want the beads to be arranged.
I rather like the bit of ankle bling. Here's a somewhat blurry indoor photo of the socks modeled over another pair. Alas, the good light is outside and it's sufficiently cold today that even with a second pair of socks, my legs rapidly became uncomfortable, so this shot will have to do.
And a brief public service announcement for those in the U.S.: The FCC is currently taking comments on Internet neutrality through this Thursday, January 14. You can bet your last skein that the giant telcoms have weighed in on the subject! Here's more information on the matter and an online petition for those who support 'Net neutrality.