I have finished my first pair of Big Black Socks to send off to Kim (Sarge) from Socks for Soldiers. I've knit two pair for Bob's son, Jonathon, who is a Marine.
My socks just squeaked under the wire in terms of the "new" colors the military prefers - more desert colored. This is a wonderful development for the Socks for Soldiers program. I certainly understand knitters reluctance to knit tiny little stitches in black yarn! I am looking forward to leaving Big Black Socks behind.
Luckily our Essential Buckskin fits into the "Tan" category but we didn't have a green to match the military's idea of Olive Drab. I worked with Kim and we came up with "Sarge" in tribute to Kim keeping us in line and in good spirits.
Army (highest # of deployed) - Olive Drab (Sarge) or Tan (Buckskin)
Marines (2nd highest deployed) - Black or Tan (Buckskin)
Air Force (equal to Marines deployed) - Olive Drab (Sarge), Tan (Buckskin) or Black (for pilots)
Navy (3rd highest deployed) - Black
I'm hoping that these new colors will encourage more knitters to join the ranks! I can tell you these socks are perfect for toting around with you in order to "Give Me Twenty Minutes" each day.