Knitting Inspiration - Searching for Sock Patterns

I've been feeling a bit run down the past few days. I haven't fully caught up on my final exam sleep schedule (or lack thereof) and I think I'm in need of a break from Etsy knitting so I can make something just for fun. After all of the Jingle Bash prep and busy holiday rush, knitting is actually making me feel a bit...*gasp*...stressed out. That's not good. Not good at all. Some days, knitting is the only thing that keeps me from breaking down. I definitely don't want to lose the stress relieving beauty of this craft, so I've decided to look for a fun sock pattern to work on over Christmas break. I just love knitting socks. The combination of portability with new, challenging techniques keeps me inspired and engaged so I don't give up halfway through like I tend to do with larger projects.  Bonus, I will be traveling next week so knitting a pair of socks will be the perfect airport distraction.

Have you tried knitting socks yet? This pattern was my first attempt and it was a great introduction into the world of socks. Oh how I wish that first photo was a pattern! They are the perfect mixture of colorful and crazy. Over the next few days I will be browsing Ravelry and Lion Brand in search of an interesting pattern, but I would love to see some of your favorites. If you have one, would you mind posting it here so I can check it out? Thanks! I can't wait to get started on something new! :)

P.S. - Thank you times a million for the sweet comments on my outfit post! I will definitely try one again soon. :-D