FO: John Huston, Tarnished Hero Socks

I am ashamed to say that until I made these socks, I was not really aware of John Huston’s place in film history.
According to film historian James Goodwin, almost all of Huston’s movies revolve around a “heroic quest — even if it involves questionable motives or destructive alliances”. This quest “is preferable to the spiritless, amoral routines of life”.
That is a philosophy which would appeal to my FL, I know, so it is appropriate that these are his birthday socks, finished with plenty of time to spare… but only a scrap of leftover yarn!

All those twisted stitches, a longer-than-usual leg and 2.25mm needles conspired to make the last half of foot two a somewhat stressful marathon.  What if I ran out of yarn?  It is hand-dyed, unrepeatable…!
I even began stalking another knitter on Ravelry whom I suspected had bought the twin skein at the Edinburgh Yarn festival – maybe she could be persuaded to do a deal with me?
Or should I rip back the first sock’s toe and work both in a contrasting colour?
I am delighted to say that this was not necessary.
But it was a close thing!

Stats:
Pattern:  John Huston, Tarnished Hero by Rachel Coopey
It is beautifully-charted and the written instructions are absolutely flawless and comprehensive.

Yarn:  Skein Queen Entwine, 80% merino, 20% nylon, with a good firm twist – perfect for this stitch pattern!  The colour is a mottled cocoa brown in natural light, but almost grey on camera.

Needles:  2.25mm dpns, assorted (I tend to break this size of needle so have several part-sets in use!)

Process:
I found working all those twisted stitches quite a strain, especially at the junction between dpns.  The heel flaps included “purling through the back loop” which was a bit of a nightmare, but thankfully a short-lived one.  Once I reached the foot, it was a lot easier on my wrists.

Verdict?
One of the best-looking pairs of socks I have knitted for FL, if not the very best :D