Ordered some tie yarn
... for Dad's tie.
Sundara sock yarn, in color 012, a deep red. Found the yarn source on Grumperina's blog (see blogstalking list at right), and you can view their yarns here.
Then Dad mentions again he wants it to be sturdy and not flimsy, but he doesn't really understand the concept of drape... so I'll knit this up as a starter and see what he thinks... we can then made mods from there.