The sock (left) in the background is the one from further inside of the skein, and is a paler version of the sock in the foreground. I don’t think very many people will notice except for me.
(right) Get a load of this color! Isn’t this just an amazing RED? I am just absolutely in LOVE with the color and the yarn. There just might be a possibility that Mom will never get these socks. How selfish is that? I’m just starting to turn the heel.