When you work with leather you should use a saddle soap to prepare the strings for braiding, makes it easier to pull the strands tight. Some folks use water and soap together but I've found that water darkens the leather so I use soap alone.
A cuff-down cabled sock designed originally to fit into the Cables category for Sock Knitters Anonymous September 2014 Challenge. Uses a 74 stitch leg and 64 stitch foot. Sizing can be adjusted by using heavier weight yarn and larger diameter needles.
Shibori is the Japanese term for tied and bound resist dyeing techniques. Shibori was traditionally done on cotton with indigo. The contrast of the blue and white can give bold contrast or subtle shades depending on the technique used.