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This seems to be a recurring theme for me: I go to a knitting retreat, get a sock blank, knit a pair of socks with it and go to another retreat to have the photos taken.

Last fall at the same retreat these socks were photographed, I purchased a crazy colorful sock blank from the Finnish indie dyer Yarngrimoire. This acid-trippy blank is aptly named "Mad Tea Party".

Knitting the first pair of blanks was so much fun I had a hard time resisting casting this one on immediately. A few weeks later I was looking for a super simple project and this was it: the perfect movie knitting project.

The socks went to see both Blade Runner 2049 and Star Wars Episode VIII but then life intervened, I cast on other projects, and the poor socks had to wait until spring to be picked up again.

I love how the toes start very modestly and then — BOOM — color happens!

I also love how the two heels are like night and day: one with bright yellows and greens.

And the other with dark purples and blues. (I think I prefer this blu-rple heel.) To highlight the short color changes in the yarn, I used linen stitch for the heel flaps.

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