Although I have not yet purchased yarn for my sock pal, I've been lurking on said pal's blog, and perusing various stitch dictionaries to try and come up with the perfect pattern. I'd like to try and design a sock for my pal; given what I know so far, I have some ideas.
I haven't contacted my pal yet--nothing on the blog suggests she's getting antsy about it (I know that there has been some worry on the pligg from people who haven't heard anything from their pal). If she does, I'll leave a comment, but generally, I'm going with the idea that this is a secret swap, and so not contacting her is ok. I did get a comment from my own upstream* pal, and can't wait to see what she's making!
I'm hoping to take a trip to Webs sometime this week, and am thinking about some of their sock yarn. Their Valley Yarns Franklin looks lovely, especially the Aruba and Spruce colorways, both of which go with my pal's blues-and-greens preferences.
I think I need to see the yarn in person, though (thanks, pal, for the perfect excuse to make the trip!). I think it's about a two hour ride from Boston, so I'm hoping to leave after rush hour, get there in time to shop, have lunch, and come back home before rush hour strikes again--maybe on Friday. I'll be driving mostly against rush hour, though, so it should be ok. The DH says he's willing to come (he's even said it sounds like fun), but I think if I wait for him, I'll have to rush through the socks. :) He keeps making plans to go fishing on all the days I want to go to Webs. On the bright side, the amount he spends on fishing paraphernalia makes the amount I spend on yarn look a mere pittance!
*I love this way of putting it: upstream and downstream pals. :)