First, thanks to everyone for their suggestions on how I can minimise my costs for going to Woolfest. Fear not - Cinders will go to the ball even if she has to walk there and sleep under a hedge!
I've finished the Flamingo socks. You may remember I wasn't overly taken with them when I first started. Well, in true self-striping fashion, they've grown on me and I love them! Shame they're not for me but for my friend Meg who lives in Australia where it is rapidly heading towards winter. I think I'll be making a pair of these for myself too.
Stats for the interested. Opal Rainforest Flamingo knitted magic loop, top down on a 2.5mm Addi circ with an afterthought heel. I used dpns to knit the heel because I thought it'd be hard to do the heel by magic loop. Don't ask me why I thought this seeing as it is done exactly the same as the toes which were done, you guessed it, magic loop.
I like the afterthought heels and though picking up the stitches was a pain the rear I'll definitely be doing heels this way again. I think this is probably the best heel method for self striping yarns because there's no interruption to the striping pattern at all. Your eyes don't deceive you - I did try to keep the striping from the sock correct on the heel. Pretty damn close if I do say so myself.
I've already started another pair - the April/May Six Socks KAL pattern called Sixth Sense Socks. Pics when I have some progress worth shouting about. Tomorrow there will be some dyeing and spinning pics.