Well, I cast on for a pair of Monkeys on Friday, and then on Saturday my order from WEBS arrived--Classic Elite Skye Tweed to make a Cobblestone for Alex. It's official: I'm a sheep. Put a bell on me, I'm done.
The Skye Tweed was a great deal (if you're interested, order now--the "manly" colors are nearly gone), but boy howdy is it scritchy. However, in our case this is only a problem for the knitter. When I opened up the box, Alex grabbed a ball and said, "Wow, you're right, it is scratchy!" And then he stuck it under his shirt and rubbed it around laciviously. Wool pervert.
I think this is going to be a good color on him. It's brighter in real life, with little flecks of hot pink and orange and blue. OK, that sounds like hideous novelty yarn, but I promise you it's subtle. I am a little worried about the staining you can see here on the labels--hope I'm not going to sport crimson fingers all fall. Note to self: cover the blocking board when the time comes!
And the Monkeys, well, what can I say: 1,098 Ravelers (is that what we are?) can't be wrong. I'm even doing the picot mod so zealously recommended by January One. Check out the fabulous long-tail provisional cast-on that Veronique showed me at Spiders last week. You cast on with both waste yarn and your working yarn, and then when the time comes you just pick up and knit the working loops with your last row of picot and voila! No tedious hemming! No crochet chaining! Brilliant. I want to put picot on everything now. Oh, and the lovely, lovely yarn: it's Tough Sock from Hello Yarn. I hope you like the colorway as much as I do, because with this yardage--500!--I just might have enough for two pairs.