After much pondering, I've decided on a yarn and pattern combination for my sockapalooza pal.
Fleece Artist Nova Sock yarn in a variegated cranberry red/brown/gold/plum colorway and the Diamond Lace sock pattern from Miknits. What's the reasoning behind this choice? My pal likes red and purple, geometric patterns, and fingering weight yarn. I need to sharpen my knitting skills with fingering weight yarn before I cast on for this one, though!
Speaking of socks knit with thicker yarn, Wendy has posted a free pattern for basic toe-up sportweight socks that I'm planning to try very soon.
My cats really do like to snuggle. Capricha's giving Kylie quite the thorough bath.