Here's the latest progress shot of my blanket...before I had to rip out 40 rows because of a cable that crossed the wrong direction. Sigh. I was so close to adding the third ball. Meanwhile, my brother-in-law started to ask me some general fiber questions because a friend of his is going to start up an alpaca farm in Smithfield. I must admit, I got really excited about the prospect of having that kind of connection! I told him to pass along that I'd help him knit some samples with his alpaca yarn, (when he's had a chance to shear his alpacas). I just love working with local fiber artists. So, anyway, the conversation rolled around to his recent purchase of wool socks from L.L. Bean and I told him that what he really needed was a pair of hand knit socks! I even had Dante come up and tell him about the pairs of socks I've knit for him (he said they were awesome). Naturally, I came home and picked up a skein of superwash sock yarn from Plays At Life Fiber Arts, and started designing a pair of socks for him. It's a fairly simple pattern that can be easily sized down for smaller feet (my BIL wears a 13), and looks good in handpainted and solid yarns. When I get a little bit more work done on it, I'll post a progress photo. I think you'll like it. I like knitting it. Hopefully he'll like wearing it.