Finally got the marudai together (and boy, it was hard work - got the drill out eventually)...
...saw some braids online and thought I just had to have a go - Julie lent me her kit, and I had a bit of a go, but it was really fiddly.
Bought this basic marudai from Trishalan Designs on Ebay (an Australian company). Here's a video I made of my making a basic braid out of embroidery silk:
Here are some still pictures:
The small pair of socks, not being the same colour, are not even the same size. Bah! I think a third sock is in order!
Progress on the odds n' ends socks for a work colleague continues. 132 rows (effectively 66 rounds) makes a size 2 UK sock. Have mentally nicknamed them the pisces socks, as the welt is being made from two balls of green/multi yarn and one ball of hand-dyed Opal, running an end from both ends. Things could get pretty knotty!
Addendum: There's an excellent book called "Creative Kumihimo" by Jacqui Carey - tons of gorgeous braids!!
Current mood: impressed