This evening when I got home, there was earth-moving equipment and a mound of silty gravel in front of a neighbor's house. That was a surprise. PSE&G is replacing gas mains two streets over – I didn't expect they'd stash equipment on my street.
It's also a surprise how strongly the Cool Beans stripe pattern tends to dominate the beans pattern in finished socks. The MC and CC colors I'm using only emphasize that tendency.
The pattern calls for beans on the instep and stripes on the sole, and a striped toe. I'm thinking of cooling down the high contrast stripes by working them in the same color as the beans for the rest of the foot, then working high contrast stripes on the toe. What say you? Carry on as established or switch? Either way, I'm going to place a lifeline just in case.