*Jaywalker KAL Update here!*
I've had a love*hate relationship with the Jaywalker pattern.
At first I thought, "Nah, everybody is knitting it - I don't want to. Who would want to knit this pattern with all the complaints about the heel not fitting, blah blah blah?? No way - not for me."
Then I started reading Cara's blog. If you read Cara's blog you probably realize that her enthusiasm for the Jaywalker pattern is INFECTIOUS!! She is hosting the Jaywalker knit-along and it has become the monster that ate Manhattan! It's all her fault. I'm sure the lady who makes the Socks That Rock sock yarn is about to keel over from the orders. I'm giving her a break and not using STR sock yarn for my Jaywalkers. I'm sure she's so relieved.
So I just couldn't help it. I joined the Jaywalker KAL. I'm telling you, I just couldn't help it. ESPECIALLY when Margene, after all the trials and tribulations she had with this pattern, finished her Jaywalkers. I have this philosophy: they will fit someone. Might not fit me. Might not fit the intended recipient. But they will fit someone.
Here are my lovely Jaywalker photos. Not much to look at here - (the love part) thankfully I am finding it to be a pleasant pattern - easy to work on while listening to Brenda Dayne - and the color is nice. This is yarn I bought from Elann about a year ago when they had a big sale on sock yarn. I bought quite a lot of yarn during that sale and now regret it because for some reason I don't want to use it. I want to be using more luxurious stuff. But I can't let myself use more luxurious sock yarn until I use at least SOME of the stash. This is the beginning of the stash usage. And it's not bad yarn. It's just not what I'd like to be using now that I've been knitting a little longer and learning about more "fun" sock yarn. If you knit socks you know what I'm talking about. If not... just go on and start knitting socks - you'll understand.
(the hate part) I started these socks in a variegated yarn. I began following the pattern with the ribbed cuff and didn't like the way the yarn worked. I ripped (#1). Then I changed to this yarn. I knit the entire ribbed cuff, about 10 rows of the zig-zag pattern and didn't like the way it looked. I ripped (#2). THEN I found a link to this pretty picot cast-on edging. Nice. I made this, then did the ribbed cuff. I sat the knitting down on my chair and left the room. Emeline decided to get up in my chair so I said, "Don't touch my knitting." Of course when I got back three out of four needles had been removed. From ribbing. I ripped (#3) the ribbing back to the picot edging. *sigh* I knit the ribbing again and about 10 rows of the zig-zag pattern again. I STILL DIDN'T LIKE THE WAY IT LOOKED!! I ripped (#4) back to the edge of the picot edging and just started from there with the zig-zag. (the love part again) Now I think it's beautiful and can't put it down. :) All that ripping and I haven't even gotten to the first heel? I don't care about the heel. Like I said, This will fit someone.
Last night we went to my in-laws for dinner. I took the Jaywalker knitting with me and did a few rows in the car. Socks are so nice and portable - it fit into a tiny little tote bag perfectly. When we got home I made good progress while catching up on my Cast-On listening. I carefully put the sock and skein of yarn back into the bag when I got up so that Emeline wouldn't pull the needles out again. Oh what a nightmare that would be.
This morning I was giving Lila a bottle when I saw Emeline toddle by with the tiny tote over her shoulder. This is a terrible thing to say, but I can already tell that Emeline will be a shopping slut and a handbag whore. This will make her Aunt D very very happy. Umm.... think I'd be alarmed? Think I'd say "Hey Emeline, give that to Mommy." ?? Hm? No, I didn't give it a second thought. I figured I'd retrieve the bag whenever I got up from feeding Lila. After all, we're in the house - it's not like she could go very far with it.
When Emeline went down for her nap I went to my chair. The knitting tote wasn't there. The bag was gone. I had forgotten about seeing Emeline with it. I searched. And I searched. EVERYWHERE. I looked in every possible cabinet. Under the couch. In her play washer and dryer. This is a big house. Why oh why did I put it in that tiny little tote? I finally found it. *WHEW*
Hopefully I will get this pair of socks done before the prize deadline (the knit-along will continue but prizes will be awarded Feb 14 to those who have completed a pair) so that I can be eligible to win some Socks That Rock sock yarn. I wouldn't want to burden the lady with an order or anything. :)