The socks are on hold now that I'm working on the chemo hat full time. I had to make a mad dash through the rain on Tuesday to acquire the yarn, but it was well worth it. It's 100% mercerized cotton, and it's really soft and fun to knit with. The hat itself is striped blue and white, and I'm almost to the decreases for the top. If there is enough yarn left over, I think I will knit his one-year-old a matching hat.
This morning, I grafted the toe on a sock that my wife just finished knitting for my foot. It's a really nice-looking, manly sock. Solid, self-striping yarn in deep blue hues, mostly, with a bit of brown and off-white. I've decided that I like solid stripes a whole lot better than stripes with speckly bits when it comes to self-striping yarn.