I'm doing battle with "Opal - Rainforest" yarn.
Helen very kindly taught me how to use "More Sensational Knitted Socks" and I've finally got around to using it to knit myself some texture-patterned socks.
I was very excited. This yarn has been in the drawer for a year and I have been really looking forward to using it. So, I found a pattern - a six stitch design...cross hatch. It looks great and will suit the yarn perfectly. I cast on. I ribbed fourteen rows and then the needles caught on my jumper (damn "Twilleys Freedom Spirit"), yanking out all of the stitches.
I ended up frogging the lot, and cast on again.
The same thing happened (with a different jumper).
I cast on again, and made it to the second pattern repeat... when the same thing happened, again.
Poo, bum, willy, fart!
So, I have given up - the yarn obviously doesn't like this pattern. So, I'm knitting vanilla...
...in that yarn.
Below is an "Admiral R Druck" knitted in basketweave.
How chuffed am I? The pattern matches the yarn, reminding me of brickwork and because the pattern is so springy, I was able to knit 18 fewer rows than normal for the foot. Don't be misled by the stumpy appearance.