E is for exasperated. Gentle readers, it's those Monkeys. There's Not Enough Yarn to finish them.
Thanks to encouragement from my excellent SP6 pal, Yarn Pirate, I discovered I can eke out a pair of me-sized lace anklets from one skein of Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock (215 yds, 196 m). There even was a successful encore. So emboldened, I had hoped that, with the addition of contrast cuffs and toes, one skein of Claudia Hand Painted (180 yd, 164 m) would be sufficient for mini-Monkeys. But, alas, the yarn was exhausted at mid-arch. More extreme measures were required.
The two most expedient solutions would be either to buy another skein of the same yarn or to start the contrast yarn early. Eh, neither is an option in this case – the yarn was a singleton in MY sale bin and I don't want a colorblock look here. So I frogged back to the beginning of the arch and started alternating Claudia with the contrast yarn, Socka. It's a pity I don't have a better match for Claudia in stash (say, Louet Gems), but this is not bad. It looks etiolated, which makes conceptual sense since this is the part of the sock that lives in the shoe, out of sunlight.
Moving along, here's a six degrees of separation experiment: if you know the Mystery Magic Loop Knitter that Kim kinnear'd on the Pier 11 ferry, do let her know.