I finally started swatching for the elephant sweater. This will be a top down sweater. The elephants will march around the neck and shoulders and then again around the hips. I will try to make it rather large so that when he growth-spurts a week after it is done, it will still fit.
I also finally cast on the newest squid socks. However, there is half a foot (not six inches) of a different pair of squid socks on the needles and that is what I have actually been referring to up until now. The newest pair-in-progress will have a pair of squid-like creatures from a popular prime-time animated program. (They appear once or twice a season in said show. These squid-like creatures will be green and will "stand" on a brownish ground which will be the sock foot. The other, to be finished much later, "squid" socks will have grey feet and a red creature with squidly tendencies (it is actually more crab then squid but around the mouth ...). This creature is from a no longer aired animated program from the same cartoonist. (Or rather, no longer airing new episodes.)
I am happy to entertain guesses as to the names of the creatures on either set of socks.
Meanwhile, for your viewing pleasure, I present ... a squid. Knit and beaded by yours truly for a sea-creature exchange. It is long gone but its essence remains. (The fish that I received are in my office and are not photographically documented at this time.)