I finished the Jaywalkers for my MIL yesterday.
Needles: 2 mm
A fun pattern and an excellent yarn. They are beautiful and soft and I think she will love them.
After I wove in all of the ends, I cast on these (again!) for my FIL.
These were originally going to be Jaywalkers, but that didn’t work out. Then they were going to be plain old double ribbed socks. I wasn’t too thrilled with that either. Now I am doing two socks at a time in a 5×1 rib. I’m going to call them Toe-up Tigers.
A note on knitting my first two-at-a-time-toe-up pair. I can’t help but think they look like boobs.
Jen of Knitting Sutra recently wrote about a pooling issue she is having with a pair of socks for her MIL. Jen doesn’t like pooling, not even a little, and is having a contest to search for a pool-defying pattern for the offending yarn. Go over and check it out. I’ll wait.
You back? Anyway, I read the post, having my own opinion about pooling in variegated yarns, decided not to enter the contest, and promptly forgot about it. That is, until I ran into this
while working on the jaywalkers for my FIL. Ordinarily, I could care less if the colors pool. In fact, I think it can be attractive. But this… Well, it ain’t pretty, that’s for sure.
As I re-read Jen’s post today, I remembered being amazed that there could be a debate in the knit community about something like color pooling and I thought, “Why not do a survey?” So, what’s your opinion? The survey is over there in the side bar if you want to cast your vote.
As for my FIL’s sock, I’m feeling rather stumped. Should I frog it and try to start over at another point in the yarn’s stripe pattern? Will that make a difference? Should I use a different stitch pattern? I don’t know. I’ve never thought about how to defeat color pooling because I always thought it was kind of neat. But now…. Any ideas?
Told you I’d post a photo! :-)
One Jaywalker to go. Pictures tomorrow.
The Monkey is no longer on time out. I ripped back the two rows last night and will continue knitting on it today. I am still on the fence as to whether I will actually knit a pair of Monkeys, however. I really do like Peggy’s suggestion–I’m going to check to see how much yarn is left and maybe I will have enough left over for a pair of Jaywalkers. We’ll see.
It’s not like I’m never going to be able to knit up the Jaywalkers–I have plenty of other yarn I could knit them in. Funny story… The other day I tripped while surfing the web (oops, my credit card slipped out and, oh my gosh, I typed in the number and clicked send) and I sort of purchased a little of this (arrived yesterday) and some of this (hasn’t arrived yet, but, c’mon, it’s on sale. What was I supposed to do?). Then there is this my sister gave to me for my birthday. Any of these yarns would make beautiful Jaywalkers. I just can’t stop thinking about the Jaywalkers Peggy is doing. Seriously, I’m obsessed with them. They. Are. Gorgeous. Peggy, I’m sorry if I’m embarassing you.
It seems like there should be some sort of knitting commandment: “Thou Shall Not Covet Thy Blog Neighbor’s Jaywalkers” but I just can’t help it.