I am 60% into the testing stage of the scientific experiment. Sock one is complete and I am ready to turn the heel of sock #2. The testing is not completed but I think at this point I can analyze the data and draw a conclusion. (are you impressed that I remember 5th grade science?)
The yarn is a dream to knit with. Not only is it beautifully dyed but it is great yarn to begin with! The Monkey pattern is fun too. It is easily memorized and is not so complex that I have to think while knitting these. I believe my hypothesis will prove correct! As long as I knit with great yarn, matched with a fun pattern I should be able to continue sock knitting. It will take some time to fill my drawers with hand knit socks but now I know it is a possibility.
Sadly, since I can't put the sock knitting down and have little free time to knit everyday the cardigan has been ignored. Here is a poor picture of it but at least it will give you an idea as to the work in progress.