The 'easy' Fair Isle sweater is wonderful... looks so well knit and the colours are beautiful. The idea of using only a bit of the Fair Isle pattern on a sweater is a really good one and one I think I could try. IT doesn't seem so daunting as others I've seen.
Totally beautiful too, BTW.
Love the sock monkey cup sleeve as well. You certainly put a lot into it, even adding your friend's name.