Finished: Monkey Socks

I finished my first pair of socks for 2015 on Friday night!  I'm aiming for a pair each month, as I planned in my New Year's Resolutions, so this gives me a leg-up on starting February's pair.

I used the infamous Monkey pattern by Cookie A...not that you can tell.  While I love Hedgehog Fibres for so many things (softness and color comes to mind immediately), stitch definition is not its forte.  You barely see the pattern in these socks, and I'm not sure if it's the yarn, the color, or the needle size.  Cookie A recommends a US2, but 32 stitches on a US2 would be huge on my foot (I typically do about 27 stitches on a US1.5, for some indication).  I used a US1 and it was still a bit large, but US0 is my idea of torture so I went with it.  It's fine...the pattern just isn't the first thing you notice.

But let's talk about the upsides of these socks!  First, they flew off my needles in three weeks.  I had forgotten how much I love non-vanilla socks.  Don't get me wrong, plain stockinette is a great way to show off color repeats and stripes, but damn, charts move so quickly!  You can measure everything in repeats and it's so motivating to say "Just one more repeat..." instead of row.  

I also love Hedgehog Fibres, as I mentioned.  This colorway (Helios) was an October sock club exclusive, and it's such a departure from the normal HF colors that I had to love it.  That club seems to be heavy on pinks and purples, which is fine, but yellow is just crazy enough for me to love it.  Nick called it "trippy," I think it kind of looks like a banana that's slightly too ripe--with some creative license--but regardless, it's fun.  

So now I need to pick out yarn and a pattern for my February socks.  It'll be hard to beat these--I'm in love with them!

Pattern: Monkey by Cookie A / Yarn: Hedgehog Fibres Sock in Helios (October 2014 Sock Club) / Ravelry notes here