Procrastinating my writing by way of typecasting...
Ah, the good old K1000. I started to learn to take pictures with one of those an aeon ago.
I always stuck with D76 diluted 1:1 and used once. Always fresh, and the 11-minute developing time was accommodating of minor timing errors. Fine, well-defined grain, no blocked-up highlights (if you got the exposure right!)
Caff-C is fun and pretty forgiving - I accidentally forgot about my last batch and left it in the developing soup, unagitated for almost 2 hours before remembering it and doing the stop bath/fix. It turned out a little dark, but just fine. :DMy best results have been about a 20-minute bath (agitation every minute), on way-expired C-41. If you're using newer film or B&W, try 12 to 16 minutes in Caff-C.
oh, I also recommend the Paterson System 4 plastic tank & spools. The spools are practically self-loading. Very handy and much easier than using wire spools.
I'm an Ilford man. Ilfosol 3 is pretty easy and cheap. Also, I only have to develop for 5 minutes. Very fast results with nice, fine grain on slow to medium speed films.
Sometimes you're in the mood to write. Sometimes you're not. Guess that's life. It'll come back to you!Enjoy the games in the meantime!