Arghhh!! Well, it shouldn't surprise me that while other people are finishing their socks, I'm still fretting over colors. I've narrowed it down to these two skeins. In each case, the colors appear a little brighter and less complex in the photograph than they actually are. The red has more color variation than shown, especially berry, violet/blue, and maroon tones; and the blue skein doesn't really have those "electric" spots, and the darkest spots take on some teal tones.
Any suggestions as to which I should use -- thoughts, anyone?
I'd just go for it, but I'm waiting for some needles that should show up Monday or Tuesday. The actual knitting won't begin until next week. Fortunately, I'm a fairly speedy knitter, so my pal shouldn't worry that she'll be biting her nails and running anxiously for the mail box every day until the end of October.
Other than that, thanks to everyone for posting pictures of their socks in progress. It just goes to show that no matter what yarn you use, this pattern will keep it looking fabulous. There's nothing more frustrating than having beautiful yarn and a pattern that doesn't do it justice.
Looking forward to seeing more Monkeys!