Raveler (he does fantastic work!!), and I fell in love with the color. I looked for it everywhere and I finally found a ball in the sale bin at Fresh Purls. I first cast on for these back in 2009 on the way to the New York Sheep and Wool Festival (Rhinebeck) with my buddy. I split the ball into two, and knit them from the toe up to use every last scrap I could. I managed to finish one just after returning from the trip and then I let the companion ball rot away in my stash for over a year. I honestly don't know what I was thinking, because I love these like I've never loved another pair of socks! I love them. There just aren't words. The color combo is so brilliant and I love how they look with these jeans.
My only mistake with this pair is that I really wanted the to match so I knit the second sock to the exact stripe pattern as the first one, and there was a slight difference in how wide the stripes were so my second sock is just slightly longer than the first (in the foot and leg). Just enough to be noticeable if one was looking close enough, but not enough to really feel different when I'm wearing them, so I'm going to leave them alone. I've got one foot that's slightly longer than the other anyway... So, this pair of socks is the first project for myself in the month of March, which is supposed to be all about me knitting wise. Unfortunately I have to finish the Bridgewater shawl because my friend's wife went into labor a few days ago and this should have been there already. Now I'm just hoping to get it out to California before they bless the baby. I've also just receive confirmation of the yarn shipment for that secret project I'm knitting for that company that shall remain unnamed for now. I don't want to take any chances until the pattern is up on their site and I've got the check in hand. I've also had a few more design ideas flood in, including one for a lovely yarn that doesn't have much going on by way of pattern support, one is a fantastic pullover inspired by a high-fashion blouse I saw on a now-canceled t.v. show, and the other is an idea for an alter cloth for the Boston Temple.