The April sock challenge was to knit a Cookie A design. Cookie A is a celebrity sock designer. Bet you didn't know there was such a thing.
Anyway, there's a free sock pattern on Ravelry by Cookie A called Monkey. Apparently twelve thousand and sixty-seven people have made these socks. I found that so amazing that I made some too. Imagine. 12,067 pairs of Monkey socks, and that's just the ones that are documented on Ravelry: that is, there's a picture of that many pairs. There must be thousands more that have never been photographed.
Can thousands--nay, tens of thousands--of sock knitters be wrong? That was my reasoning when I set out to make my very own monkey socks. Also, a sock yarn web site had just given me a skein of their space-dyed yarn to try, and Monkey socks are sort of designed for space-dyed yarn, so it seemed like a good time to try making Monkey socks.
The pattern was really easy yet not so easy that it was boring. It is kind of lacy, and kind of stretchy. I like the socks a lot.
The yarn, not so much. It bled like crazy when I washed it, and the bright colors faded almost immediately. Not sure why the dyers have not figured out how to make their dye colorfast. It's not that hard.
Anyway here are the socks.