Sometime ago I got a ball of Opal silk blend in what I immediately thought of as really ugly colors, maybe not so much the colors but the combinations they knit into. I tried I really did, did 6 inches before realizing there was no way I would ever finish it, so frogged. Then let Opal sit in stash until night before last when I got thinking about using it for the base color of a pair of Monstersockens, bingo, took off and now really like what I am getting. Have the waste yarn in for afterthought heel, now working down the foot, have top stitches on 2.5 mm needles and bottom on 2 mm, thinking that a slightly firmer knit might last longer. Will be looking at odd balls of sock yarn with new eyes.