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26. July 2009 11:09
by Jobo

Hi, my name is Jobo, and I am a New-Project-a-Holic...

26. July 2009 11:09 by Jobo | 1 Comments

why is it that when you finish one project... you often feel the desire and inspiration to start a couple more?

Yesterday I finally finished another pair of thrum mittens that had been sitting on the needles for a few monthes hibernating... which felt good :)  I always like knowing that I finally completed something, that it turned out, and that another project is tidied up.  (The pile of UFO's is rather large these days, I take my small victories where I can!)  Then in the happy afterglow of a successful finished object.... it hit me!  Gee, you have that sock yarn you just finished... and a whole bunch of great ideas!  Cast on Cast on!

So I folded like a cheap suit... and I cast on another pair of socks:

Not Mary Kate and Ashley - Jaywalkers

armed with my latest sock yarn creation, I set out to find an acceptable pattern.  I knew that since the yarn was spun from handpainted roving, that the 2 balls were nowhere near identical.  Some people apparently have a compulsion to always wear socks that match perfectly - I on the other hand have worn mismatched socks since highschool.  Now when heading off to work, or somewhere serious, generally my socks match, but the idea that homemade socks can be more Fraternal twins and still be ok is fine by me.  I know other knitters who carefully align yarns to make self striping socks with identical lines, toes and heels.  For this pair my plan is to just knit, and see what happens.  Mary-Kate and Ashley might be indecipherally identical, but these Jaywalkers won't be!

I wanted a design that would keep me interested (aka not plain ribbing or stockinette) but one where the yarn's gradual changes and variations would be lost in heavy patterning either.   Even though I had just barely finished a pair of Jaywalkers, for some reason the elements of that particular pattern kept sticking in my mind.

Pattern in hand, I began to "swatch" - aka cast on the first part of the pattern, knit a few rows and see if the size looks appropriate.  My yarn is a little larger than standard sock yarn, but then again, the Fleece Artist Merino I had just worked with felt a little thick compared to some others I had worked with.  Following the pattern as is, my sock would have been very large, too large for me anyways, so I decided to modify things a little.  Instead of having 7 stitches between each inc/dec fot he pattern row, I decided to decrease to 5 stitches, and see how it went.  This meant I started with casting on 60 stitches instead of 76.

So far they look pretty good, but now I am afraid they might be too small.  When I slide the sock over my foot, I can get it on, but there is a little resistance in going over my heel.  Others have remarked that because of the inelasticity of the zigzag fabric,  that it can be a bit tough to get the socks over the heel, but that they feel good after that point.  I think I will knit on past a heel and see what it feels like to put on after that point.  Something tells me though that I will have to frog and start over with 68 stitches.  Will keep you posted on that!

I am really happy with the effect created with the pattern... subtle zigzags in colours that fade from yellow to pink, with hints of green and beige in there too.  It is fun to knit along, and see that in the last 10 rows I have knitted such gentle and blended waves.  I am pleased to see that my hand spun yarn is even, and smooth.  Marky said that you would almost think I knew what I was doing!  ( I guess that's a compliment? )

I even like the way the slip stitch heel looks!  Anyways, I should go and play outside, it's beautiful and sunny outside today for a change.  I might even go knit outside (though I should probably be cutting the lawn instead... gross)


Comments (1) -

You go Jobo girl!  

I used to knit, and if I can find the time I plan to take it up again.  It'd be good for my little ones to see daddy knitting, breaking gender stereotypes and creating something warm and fuzzy at the same time!

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