anyhoo ... here's the current socks on needles (or, perhaps, first sock OFF the needles).
this pattern is called "susanna socks" by Stephanie van der Linden. you can find her over on ravelry. the yarn is jitterbug. the fear was, my skein is from stash, and over 3 years old. the label said i wouldn't have enough, my scale said i would. i'm going with the scale.
i finished the first sock today, and put it aside as i wasn't ready to cast on the mate quite yet. perhaps i'll do that in the morning. in the meantime, i'm still knitting like a bandit on my shawl. i thought i was near finishing, but maybe not. i think it's going to be "big". i haven't broken into my last ball of yarn yet, but i will have to. the issue is, how far will i get with it ?!