At the second attempt, I even made sure that both sets were the same size...! I can now confirm that 2.25mm is my preferred size and not the 2.5mm I assumed. That quarter of a millimetre was the difference between neat stitches and baggy ones, and I am so glad I spotted the error only four rows in to sock cuff 2!
Echeveria pattern, which starts off with a twisted rib, meanders into lace, celebrates colourwork around the ankles, and then returns back the way it came - fab! The yarn is Lorna's Laces from the Socktopus sock club way back when. This is my third attempt at a pair of socks in this yarn. Hopefully it will work out this time.
I also intend to cast on for Talia, a knee-high colourwork extravaganza. The wool for these is Yarn Yard Marchmont in the colours: Beetroot, Blueberry Juice and Lavender. The Lavender was my Small Skein Society delivery for February. The base is a lovely "round" superwash merino. I have slight concerns about my colour combination - it is so hard to tell when you buy yarn online, however good the pictures. Even in daylight, I am unsure. I will just have to start knitting and see what happens!
Skein Queen. I have been saving this yarn for the right occasion - and I think that time is now, it being SPRING, allegedly. Which pattern? Hmmm... maybe Zigzag Wanderer?
S'watch this space!
Thanks for all the suggestions on what to do with my 70's smock. I do like the print, so I may try to rescue it.