So I bought a book entitled Socks, Socks, Socks, which publishes 70 patterns from a previous Knitter's Magazine competition. Wow! It's really refreshing to see some completely new sock ideas... everything from lace to color to just plain wacky.
The sideways socks look really interesting, as the verigation travels from toe to leg rather than around the foot. One of the socks is called a Maple Swirl sock, which looks absolutely mind-boggling to do, as its pattern looks more like a score written by John Cage than a knitting chart. There's some really neat-looking intarsia socks, too, including one with giant grandfather clocks on the side.
Some of the stranded patterns gave me some ideas for the entrelac socks, now that I'm on the foot and am supposed to be creative and stuff with color. There's a neat-looking chart that looks a bit like entrelac but is flat, so I think I may try that for a few rounds.
On the commute this morning, I actually got no knitting done at all, as I was simply too busy browsing through this book.