Thursday, September 11, 2008

FO - Cotton Candy Jaywalkers

There's been a tiny bit of knitting going on around here. It's been pretty crazy with the unpacking and nesting and getting the little one going in her new cooperative school... but I have managed to knit a wee bit here and there.

I started these on a whim for my best friend who claimed she liked pink but couldn't wear it. I figure you can wear anything you bloomin' well want to on your tootsies, so I grabbed this pinkness from my stash and started a pair of Jaywalkers for her.

I think the past few weeks have been stressful... because although I knit the first sock quickly and efficiently, the second one suffered. I forgot to slip the side stitches on the foot and had to rip back to the beginning of the gusset to fix it. Then I realized I only decreased the sole to 38 instead of 36 stitches and was faced with ripping it back again. Which I finally didn't do -- I decided it didn't make a huge difference in terms of fit and that I was ready to move on to other things.

But I think they're cute!! It was my first time using Lion Brand Sock-Ease and it's quite nice. I'll be interested to see if it softens up a bit in the wash, but it reminds me a lot of Opal. It has a good feel to it - I hope they come out with more colorways soon. A semi-solid would be particularly welcome.

Pattern: Grumperina's Jaywalker socks
Needles: Knit Picks Options fixed circulars. I used a size 2 for the leg until about 1.5" before the heel and then switched to size 1.5 for the rest of the sock (I knit very tightly). I made the 84 stitch sock.
Modifications: Other than mistakes, none.
Yarn: Lion Brand Sock-Ease in colorway "Cotton Candy".

Next, I am participating in the Sock Knitters Anonymous sockalong (as I mentioned in my last post,) and I am still trying to choose JUST the right yarn to knit Cookie A's Thelonious pattern.

I am also signed up for the Mystery Stole 4, though I don't have my yarn or beads chosen yet. I signed up kind of late - most have already finished Clue 1. But that's okay by me, 'cause I like seeing what others have done before I dive in.

I am going to the TKGA show in Portland this weekend, so I am hoping to pick up some laceweight there that I can use. Most of the laceweight I have isn't appropriate to this shawl, according to the guidelines. Either that or I don't have enough of it. Ain't it always the way with stash?

Speaking of stash... my darling husband surprised me on our anniversary with a little ceramic pumpkin (the 9th anniversary is the crockery anniversary, so I'm told,) filled with sock yarn! Isn't he a keeper? And he chose well, too -- some lovely Lorna's Laces and some TOFUtsies, which I've been keen to try! I love unexpected stash enhancement.


Knit Witch said...

The socks look great! I sure wish I could get all the way out to Portland for the show - it looks like great fun!

patrice said...

They are beautiful! I'm amazed you got any knitting done with everything you've had on your plate. Annie keeps asking about R. Or M. Or was it Z last? We both miss the two of you and like to pretend you are just on the other side of town.