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!
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!)
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.
One of the best-looking pairs of socks I have knitted for FL, if not the very best :D