And on the seventh day ... I decided I'd better knit something for my husband.
After my relative success with fair isle in the Endpaper Mitts, I thought I'd try a bit of fair isle in a sock. Not the whole sock, because I really think double stranded 4ply/fingering socks are really too warm for our climate. But just a little bit, around the top of the leg, that'd be alright, and then the rest of the sock would be plain sailing.
I thought these two colours would work well - the red is Dunkle Kirsch and the black/grey/white is Birkenrinde - with the main part of the sock in the Birkenrinde, a suitably boyish colour.
I've called this the Frankensock as I've cobbled together pieces of two Nancy Bush patterns for the cuff of the sock - the Latvian Twist cast on from Canada, and the fair isle chart from Christmas in Tallinn (both from the excellent Knitting on the Road).
And quite frankly, I think Frankensock is apt because they are a bit ugly (yeah yeah, I know Frankenstein was the master, not the monster!). The WM label told me: Don't dream it - knit it!
Unfortunately, my dreams for this sock haven't quite translated into reality. I haven't decided yet whether I'm going to keep this or frog, or maybe just frog the fair isle part and knit the whole sock plain. Maybe I'll reverse the colours and see if that looks any better. Either way, the Birkenrinde is going to pool and flash (I was really hoping it would stripe) but if husby doesn't mind then I won't let it bother me. Much. Another GAAK experience, I think. What do you think?