The Monkey, as it stands right this very second. (this picture was preceded by an incredibly amusing swearing and hopping session across the living room to where I left my camera. Yeah. Probably would have been smart to get the camera first.) Sorry about the crappy pix quality, but, I really just had to share.
Turning the heel and doing the gusset weren't too bad. It took about an hour to figure it out. I discovered that actually reading the directions helps. Go figure.
And yes, I sort of "get" socks now. Not in their entirety. But sort of. I still find them a little fiddly, less so than mittens. Additionally, I'm not really a fan of knitting at tight gauges, though the Monkeys are totally bearable.
I just looked at the patterns in Knit. Sock. Love. and yes, Cookie A.'s patterns are art. They are breathtaking. And I will likely knit quite a few of her designs. Maybe even this year.