At long last! I have cast on a pair of Monkey socks. But I didn't use either of the yarns I was considering - I decided there was just enough left from the skein of my very favourite Vesper colourway (Open Flame) after knitting the cuffs of my Eloquence mittens to make a pair of these, if I do a contrast heel.
It's been a while since I knit a sock, which is so much more meditative and peaceful than I remembered, and even longer since I knit one in Vesper sock yarn. It's a great base yarn, and the colours are so bright, and you only have to go through about 4 rows to get to the next one, which draws you onward like a good book long past your bedtime.
I must have been thinking of all that when I stocked up on sock-sized needles and stitch markers, so I could knit multiple pairs at once:
Of course, being paranoid about my sock knitting skills, I cast this pair on simultaneously:
And with the same amount of tail.
Then I knit the cuffs of both so they'd be the same length:
And now I can move on with the pattern. As predicted, the lace sequence is easy enough for me to remember, but just in case I have to go a few weeks between sock knitting jags I set myself up with a cue card:
I was glad to find an arrow-shaped paperclip to help me remember which row I was doing last.
And now that I'm set up... it's back to Carol's shawl.