I am old enough to remember the Donny and Marie show, and Donny Osmond's purple socks. In spite of the fact that Donny Osmond wore purple socks, I now find myself possessing three pairs of purple handknit socks. This is the third pair, just completed:
Pattern: Mock Wave Cable Socks (Ravelry link) by Ann Budd, from Favorite Socks
Yarn: MadelineTosh Highland Sock (discontinued) in Aster, a Christmas present from Lisa (who knows my thing about purple)
Needles: US 1.5 (2.5mm) and US 0 (2.0mm) KnitPicks Harmony DPNs
I started these socks on my trip to Lexington to see the Yarn Harlot last month. Unfortunately, I had to rip out the several inches I completed during her talk because of an error in the book's chart. (Note to self: check for errata before starting a project!) But I persevered and ended up with these great socks...just in time for summer. Oh well; they'll be great to wear next fall.
Once I corrected my chart, I found it an easy repeat to memorize. I ended up doing 1.5 repeats of the chart on the bigger needles and then switching to the smaller. Even using smaller needles than the pattern calls for, I still ended up with plenty of room for my fat calves.
I do really like this yarn. I'm sorry it's been discontinued, but I would certainly try other yarn in the MadelineTosh line.
And though I'm neither a little bit country nor a little bit rock 'n' roll, I will love wearing my purple socks.