Well, I did it. I got Cookie A's Monkey off my back. At least, one of them. I have another to cast on and knit up to have a completed pair, but I feel good having gotten at least one of them done! Now maybe I can focus some of my attention on things that have been languishing... like dishes and laundry and *gulp* school work! I'm not going to let them fall into SSS though... I plan to cast on for the second tonight when I finish cleaning the place up a bit.
What makes this pattern so addicting? Hard to say, really. No doubt it has something to do with the fact that it is so well written, with both charts and written instructions, but for me I think it was the learning process. This was my first cuff-down sock, along with my first non-short row heel and grafted toe. It took some searching to find a good tutorial on how to "graph toe stitches", but I finally realized it was the same as kitchener stitching and followed this great tutorial from Knitty Summer '04.