Have you ever gone into a yarn shop and not noticed a particular color of yarn only to go in several days later and it simply calls out to you? That happened to me today. I went to the same yarn shop I'd been going to and did see that there was new yarn on display, but lo and behold, a variegated merino yarn caught my eye and I simply could not resist picking up two balls of it. I really don't know how I missed it before!
The yarn is Ornaghi Filati Merino Kind in color #7. Sorry I don't have a picture of it yet to show you. LYS owner says it's self striping, so it should make some interesting socks.
Someone on Ravelry made a pair of stockinette socks with a different colorway and it does stripe. She used size 3 needles, but I prefer a tighter fabric, so I'll use size 2.