Yarn: Opal handpainted yarn, bought on sale from Little Knits some time ago (yay me, stashbusting!) - thought it was a good "boy" colour. My first experience knitting with Opal - it didn't feel too bad to knit with, and it softens up so nicely with a nice soak in Soak. Plus the obligatory Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock in Bold Red for husby's signature toes.
Pattern: Improvised - one of the things I love about knitting socks is that once you've knit a few, you can pretty much do a basic sock on the fly, with no pattern at all. Turning the heel needs a bit of concentration, but apart from that, it's all pretty much plain sailing. For these socks, I decided to rib the back of the leg but keep the front plain - hence the christening of these socks as the Mullet socks - business in the front, party in the back!
Sticks: 2.5mm KP nickel plate dpns. 2.5mm is really my sock stick of choice. I do wonder if I should use 2.25mm for a nice firm hopefully felting and sag free sock, but so far the 2.5s have done me fairly well, especially for husby's socks.
Time: I started these in Fiji ... on 2 August! With the vain hope to finish them in time for husby's 40th birthday in October. As you know, I got one done! And now the other - finished on 27 November after a big burst at Morris & Sons (Tapestry Craft) SnB, which I've been going to for the last 3 weeks (nice!).
(oh Fiji, was it really so long ago...sigh!)
What I learnt: Oh, not much on these - except that secret knitting takes a lot longer than you expect when you have to keep the secret from your husband!