Oh Trekking XXL, you make me love knitting. There's just something about seeing color and pattern develop into something unpredictable that I'm really enjoying.
The above sock is Trekking XXL in color 520. The color is unpredictably cascading across the sock, something that I don't often seek out sock yarn. I'm usually the knitter who wants to know how a color is going to perform before casting on, as in the sock below which is a somewhat predictable stripe in Trekking XXL color 511. I chose the above color for Joe. It's definitely more daring that what he would usually choose for himself. But I've decided that if I want to really enjoy and be enthralled with everything that I knit, and solid black or gray socks just don't do it for me. So I showed this to Joe, and while I think he was a bit hesitant at first, but I think he really wants to have more hand knit socks, so more daring he will need to be.
These purple socks are for me. I don't have a purple pair, and I really like this dusky purple. I just may have these two pairs completed this month, making THREE PAIRS of socks in January! Woot!