Voila the Cinder Block socks (on Ravelry), designed by Anne Hanson in TFA Purple Label Cashmere sock yarn in the Shadow colourway.
These socks are the perfect combination of comfy and attractive, interesting but not too busy for tonal yarns, pretty yet completely gender neutral. I knit my dad a pair of socks for Christmas every year, and I think that this year I will be knitting him Cinder Block socks, he will LOVE them! Wouldn't you?
Now I have to pick just the right colour... but they look so great in shadow, I'm thinking of pushing dad's limits and going with something still manly but with a little more kick like Cobalt or Mallard, maybe even Teal!