They look a little like licorice to me. Mmmm.
I began picking out the cat hair, etc, but soon realized it was an exercise in futility.
The pattern is, of course, from Sensational Knitted Socks. If I had to live the rest of my life with only the sock patterns from this book, I think I could remain quite fulfilled. This particular pattern is called 3x3 Cable with Moss Stitch. The yarn is Cascade Heritage. I knit these almost entirely on the bus.
Given the pattern source, yarn, and knitting location you'd think I'm in a knitting rut. I prefer to think of it as a very comfortable pattern.