Laguna Seca (the name means "dry river") is a recreation area near Monterey, California where some friends and I saw the Grateful Dead back in 1988 or so. The parking lot was a shimmering sea of tie-dyes, and in fact I set up a little parking-lot "booth" (=squat spot on the ground) and sold some of my tie-dyed T-shirts for the first time at that concert. My friend Karen was there, and when I went to make her some birthday socks, I thought of that concert and the tie-dyed glory of it all and I got me some multicolored yarn and I went to work. The result, as modelled by Karen:
The Cascade Fixation did look wild in the ball, but it's wilder knitted up. I designed the pattern with alternating bands of a stockinette-based rib with bands of a slip-stitch pattern-based rib, so it's got some mosaic effect to blur the striping a little bit. Plus, the heels on a super-colorful yarn like this look great in Eye of Partridge. I recommend this pattern for your wildest yarn. You can knit this up in any sock yarn for which you get 7 spi (or modify it as needed, of course. The pattern requires that your total # of stitches divide evenly by 6).
The pattern for Laguna Seca is available as a PDF in the sidebar. Enjoy!
I really need to offer my gratitude to trek for paving the way and teaching me how to knit Fixation with her fabulous patterns. Though this pattern is in no way copied from trek's, her patterns were definitely an inspiration to me.