I started my second pair of socks shortly after the first ones were complete because I had a Christmas deadline for them. They were a present for my sister, DJ. I had heard really good things about Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock yarn, so when I was in Madison in September and a yarn store had some, I purchased two skeins. The yarn is 80% superwash wool and 20% nylon. It was much softer than the first yarn I used. I picked a very bright colorway (104 uptown), hot pink, purple and bright blue. I don’t see the color on the Lorna’s Laces site, so it may be discontinued.
I had intended to make Child’s first socks from Knitting Vintage Socks, but the shell pattern was lost with the space dyed yarn. I had been reading in various blogs about Jaywalker’s (I think more than 400 had been made at the beginning of December and reported to Grumperina), so I thought I should give them a try. I wanted something that would work out easily and well and be special for DJ. Years back, when I was in London for a semester, she asked me to bring her back socks. I thought this was a really dumb request. She meant something like wool Argyle socks. Instead, I went to a sock store that seemed like it was on every corner and bought the tackiest socks I could find (100% nylon with a Union Jack on the side). I think she almost enjoyed wearing them because she always told people the story.
Yarn: Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock, 104 uptown
Needles: size 1
Began: November 2006 ; Completed: December 2006
Modifications: none recorded
I have absolutely no notes on making DJ’s Jaywalkers, other than that I used 5 size 1 needles. I must have notes somewhere with at least her foot size (which would be helpful for the current pair I am making for her) but I don’t know where the notes are. I think the pattern worked really smoothly, which would account for the lack of notes, so it may not be entirely due to bad record keeping and sloppy house keeping.
I believe this is the pair that I tried on two circular needles. Picking up the stitches was beyond me with this method, so I switched back to double points, which I like just fine. I watched a web video on knitting with two circular needles, and the instructions were quite good. After I had purchased a couple of Valley Fibers bamboo needles, I read Cat Bordhi’s Socks Soar on Two Circular Needles and saw that she says Addi turbos are pretty much a must with this method. Since much of my annoyance with the method was that the joins caught a bit, this probably would have made a difference. However, I rather like double points and I don’t think I will purchase still more needles just to try again.
The skeins were from the same dyelot, but the spacing of the colors was just a bit different. This made a difference on the socks. Also, jaywalkers have a fairly high number of stitches in them, so the color pooled quite a bit on the top. The number of stitches drops down on the foot (because half is in stockinette) and the spiral stripes look much better on the feet. It is too bad this part is hidden by shoes.
DJ liked the socks and says they fit well.
So now that I have blogged about the Jaywalker’s, I can get these added to the reader’s gallery.