The 2nd gentleman had hand-painted an argyle pattern on his cuff. From a distance, it looked *awesome*, but up close - meh. Oh, well.
The 3rd one had a pair of Hand-Knit (you can tell :grin:) hose - and they were the only pair I saw this weekend that actually *fit*. These were done in Scotland, and weren't that fancy - simple bobbled cuff, diamonds-with-bobbles-inside down the front, and ribbing everywhere else.
Which leads to a slight rant - most of the hose I saw this weekend were TOO SHORT (this includes the pair knit by a Scarby-ite for her husband...knitty's "Taorsich" (or..however it's spelled)) - kilt hose should come Right Up to the Bend of the Knee - NOT 1" (or MORE! :horrors:) below it!. (The local? She knit them very well, out of *worsted* weight wool (in TEXAS??? You gotta be kidding me! But they were about 1.5" too short - they were well done, but...:shakes head:). It's not hard to modify a pattern to reach the correct length (I've done it with my designs, so....really, not that hard!). (It's also not hard to substitute a finer yarn....I'm looking at fingering-weight for Sweet Geek's..it'll take longer to knit, yes, and more stitches, but it'll be worth it.) :sigh:
Speaking of socks (well, hose ARE socks, yes? :grin:), I'm almost at the heel flap on Sweet Geek's experimental socks. I like the way the yarn is knitting up...but....I'm thinking I might have wanted to use 0s instead of 1s (which I can't do. My wrist is achy now - 0s would Kill It.). I've got some 2-ply in the same wool that I think I might (but I'm still thinking) use on the heel flap (double-stranding, maybe). We'll see - this pair is experimental anyway for me to get his sizing down.