I always knit a plain stockinette sock, yeah it's pretty mindless. I had been seeing Cookie's Monkey all over and well I broke down and knit one. I love it! The knitting seemed to go faster. I know that's not possible, but it really did. I know it's the easiest of her patterns, but for my first voyage into a patterned sock, it was perfect. The Smooshie sock yarn didn't hurt either.