Daily Archives: June 26, 2009

Just another Jaywalker

I’ve done me a fair number of Jaywalker socks in my time. It’s one of the few patterns I’ve done multiple times. (I could tell you about that winter I knitted five Harry Potter scarves as gifts. Oie.) It works for me because when I take it with me on transit or travel, the monotony of the 2-row repeat is just soothing enough to chill me out but easy enough that my brain can still think thoughts if it wants to. Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock has become my yarn of choice for the Jaywalkers since it’s lightweight enough to work on the 84-sts size I need (keep in mind that this pattern biases quite a bit), the yardage goes for days (did I mention I have Size 11 feet?) and the colourway options are just about endless. This is LL Jaywalker pair #5 for me, which puts me 2 pairs away from one for every day of the week.

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I made this pair in the recently-released ‘Rockwell’ colourway, which allows me to cling to favourite shades of blue and purple while stepping a toe in the less familiar orange and olive directions. Perfect. Just another pair of Jaywalkers, yes? Well, take a look at what happens once we get to the feet:

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I generally expect a bit of pooling on the feet since the stockinette soles change things up a bit, and I decrease a few extra stitches on the gussets to make things snug, and that changes the stitch count between leg and foot…But dudes, I have never had pooling quite like this. Check out that sock on the right. Completely blue/purple on the top…

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And totally orange/green on the bottom. Wild. I can’t get mad at it. I mean, not only did the yarn pool so neatly but it had the courtesy to leave my favourite 2 shades of the 4 on the most visible portion of the sock. Thanks, Rockwell colourway. We can be buds.

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And now, I get to start new socks. That’s the best part of finishing socks, am I right?

Happy knitting!

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Still with the Silk Garden

Some time in the recent past something went wonky with my So Simple Silk Garden sock pattern PDF on this site, and it has taken me far too long to correct it. In any event, if you are looking for the pattern, all free download links have been updated to reflect a new file address, so check here and you should be able to find it: So Simple Silk Garden

It is also available still as a free Ravelry download, so if you’re ever in a spot and need the pattern right away in a pinch (I don’t know when that situation might happen, but you just never know), you can always check there. Come to think of it, I have been meaning to do another pair of these myself, and that would certainly clear another skein of sock yarn out of my stash, pre-Sock Summit. Hmmm.

In other news, I’ll be back again soon to report on exciting adventures in pooling. It’s never a dull moment here at Knitting to Stay Sane! Film at 11!

Happy knitting today.

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