I finished my "trial" pair of Monkey socks yesterday, and it's on DH's feet today. I used Plymouth Sockotta, which I found thinner than merino sock yarn, but he still says it feels thicker than store bought socks. We will see. Fortuitously the merino sock yarn for my pal arrived today. I am into the second repeat of the first sock and will post a picture when I have a bit more length. I have the pattern down and the knitting is going so much faster this time. I like how this sock is turning out, the colors and gentle striping, and merino feels better on my hands than Sockotta. I may have to join the second Monkey socks swap, this is such a good pattern.
p.s. I have a pattern question ... the Monkey socks pattern has a stockinette heel ... is that right? Did any of you find it a little loose? Did anyone change it to a regular slip stitch heel? Would appreciate some advice on this. Thanks