Sometimes you don't want to work complex knitting patterns. Sometimes you need something simple and repetitive to soothe your tired mind. Sometimes easy is perfect. These socks are exactly what I need right now. I started them last week when I was in the middle of my lovely rash (thanks so much for all the get well thoughts you guys sent!) and as you can see, I've already finished the first one and have started the second. These are for my husband, Mickael, who has been so amazingly patient while I was abducted by the Mystery Stole 3 Knitalong. Neither of us knew how big it would get this summer, but he and Caleb have both been really wonderful and supportive while I try to keep on top of things and keep the group going smoothly. Once I get Mickael's socks finished, I will use the rest of the balls of yarn (I have 2 balls of Regia in a discontinued colorway that I picked up from Elann ages ago) to make some tiny socks for Caleb so they'll have matching, manly gray socks. As you can see, I'm using the most simple stockinette sock pattern with a ribbed cuff and I think (crossing my fingers) that I've actually lined up the starting point pretty well for the second sock - it seems to be working out to be very close to identical to the first sock. There's something very relaxing about watching the stripes develop in plain stockinette stitch.