There's this great designer on Ravelry that goes by the name "Caoua Coffee" - this person cranks out beautiful patterns, mostly for socks and little accessories, and gives them all away for free! As someone always on the hunt for fabulous and fun things to make, I certainly won't even try to resist a whole flock of well-designed patterns that are free for me to enjoy.
This time I chose a simple knit/purl design, no cables or lace or anything fancy at all. I matched it up with a lovely shade of Knit Picks Stroll sock. The photos really don't do this colour justice - it's called Jackrabbit Heather, and it's the prettiest grey brown heather.
The socks were a lot of fun to knit, and looked really cool on the needles, the way the knit columns sway back and forth, based on the tension of the ribbing/garter stitch surrounding them. Once they're on the foot, the swaying is less pronounced, but they do make a nice manly lattice. Yep, they're for gifting, to one lucky dude.