In other knitting news, I started the sock. Thanks for all the suggestions... it was so hard to choose. I went on Ravelry to check out the patterns you suggested and came across one I had forgotten about - Nutkin. While I want to do pretty much all the ones you all suggested (except maybe Pomatomus - it's cool, but it scares me!) I love Nutkin and have wanted to do it since I first saw it.So here it is...
I've made a couple of modifications:
1) I only did two pattern repeats before starting the heel... I like short socks, and they go much quicker!
2) The heel in the pattern is a short row heel, but I was too muzzy-headed from my pain killers to focus on learning a new technique... so I did the traditional heel flap.
This is a great pattern, very easy once you get going. I only have one issue with the cuff.. it's quite fiddly. You knit, then fold it in half, then knit the cast on edge to your live row - quite the pain. I think it might be easier to just fold and sew it down afterwards. Mine's a little wonky, but it'll do.
And the yarn.... this is of course our Alley Cat Sock yarn. The colourway is Lizard Ridge. It doesn't quite stripe, and the hues are fairly subtle which is why I thought it would be a great yarn for Nutkin.
This is shameless self promotion - but damn is this yarn soft! it feels very soft when we are dying, and just seems to get softer. It's so nice to knit with.
Anyway, if all goes well, I should have this sock done tomorrow, then I can start on the second one on Friday.