My happy side project is... a pair of jaywalkers!
In Trekking XXL color 109, for my sister. I've never been drawn to knitting socks before, but I'm starting to understand the appeal. They're relatively quick to knit, incredibly functional, rich with color, and super portable! Oh wait, scratch the last point. I know everyone raves about what a portable project they are, but just take a look at the ol' ball and chain.
The colors of this yarn are making me smile though. Simple pattern, but I'm always looking forward to what colors roll off the ball next.