Of course, the picture doesn't do them justice. The yarn is just gorgeous, the colours subtle and there was way more in the skein than I thought. The pattern is Nancy Bush's Madder Ribbed Sock, and I worked it as written, with an 8 inch leg. The foot fits a men's size nine and yet there was a generous portion of yarn left over, shown below with the sock for scale.
Before Christmas I'd found the Nyoni yarn on sale for just $12 a skein. I'm so glad I stocked up then, because now I've got a lovely stash of the stuff.
The other thing I did was dye up some yarn. Jackie at the Forest City Knit Club volunteered to take 10 skeins of my white Paton's Kroy and knit it up into sock blanks. (In return, I owe her an unknown favour, which would feel like a dangerous carte blanche except Jackie is so nice.) I wanted to experiment with gradual color changes, so I decided monochrome colors was the way to go. Here's the results:
Again with the crappy pictures, but what can you expect in January? I'm satisfied with the result, but I think the purple would have been better with a longer gradation of color.
Unrelated to socks, I was sitting in a job seminar today about networking and through the glass door of the meeting room I spotted a woman come into the Coffee Office wearing a brightly colored Koigu sweater made of many blocks of mitered squares, framed in a brilliant turquoise blue. What a lovely breath of life in January!