I have the three volumes of The Knitter's Curiosity Cabinet by Hunter Hammersen. I like these patterns very much. I don't know why I haven't just gone straight through each book and knit everything in sight. The designs are inspired by vintage illustrations. Volume 1 is botanical, volume 2 is butterflies, and volume 3 is marine. Each inspiration is applied to a sock and another non-sock piece (hat, mitts, shawl, etc.).
My choice is a pair of socks inspired by a shell called Limneus Stagnalis. It has pretty textured cables. It's knit in sport weight which should mean a fairly quick knit.