I've become very accustomed to knitting socks for myself. I know what I like, and I know what fits me. I'm not very used to knitting socks for other people-- in fact, I've never done it before! I think that this is why it took me awhile to get started on my Sockapalooza pal's socks.
She wants outrageous. I kept thinking about ways to define what I like as outrageous. Maybe Fair Isle? I know-- a complicated pattern! But when I was honest with myself, I really knew that I should be knitting something very bright and very colorful, with the pattern as a secondary feature.
I've found a great yarn to fit the bill. This is Socks that Rock Lightweight in Sherbet, and it is bright! As Sacha put it, she wanted to go eat kids cereal after seeing this yarn. It's magically delicious!
I did find something to keep me happy, too. Loksins is a pattern I've been wanting to try ever since it came out, and it is playing quite nicely with this yarn. Maybe some day I'll knit it again in a more subtle colorway, but I am enjoying this bright version.
With a picot edge, it's cute, bright, interesting, and (I hope) exactly what my SockPal is looking for.