The first yarn was too colourful. The second yarn was too thick. But this yarn seems just right!
A tight twist, so each loop of the yarn over pairs is easily separated. Not too fuzzy, so it's easy to see each stitch. And a perfect sock weight so that the size looks about right. Fingers crossed ... it looks very promising.
At this rate I'm getting lots of practice at toe-up construction. On this morning's train ride, I made it to the halfway point of the toe. Tonight I hope to complete the toe, pick up the stitches from my provisional cast on and start the patterned rounds. And then I can have a good look to see how well it's worked. My fingers are still crossed, but I'm feeling a bit more optimistic.