jaywalkers · projects from hell · socks

When Gauge Swatches Lie

Time for another post on the old knitting blog!

The Jaywalkers proceed apace, through I just realized that gee, considering I had to rip them out because they were too small, I may want to, you know, try them on at some point. Like right now, considering I’ve turned the heel on both.

Yeah, that might be a good idea.

…Just tried them on and they won’t go over my heel. Dammit. Looks like another trip to the frog pond–this time I’ll actually steam them a bit to get the kinkiness (ooh, kinky yarn! Yes, I’m twelve) out of them. Though considering I’ve been looking at this colourway and thinking that it really is the best colourway of the sock yarns I have for some lacy ripple/chevron-effect socks, I’ll probably switch patterns and do the Jaywalkers in the darker colourways I have. Of course I could always finish them and give them to someone else, but…um…I don’t wanna?

Did I forget to mention that I’m a sock yarn addict? I am. Very much so. Ever since I lived in Peterborough during university, I wear only hand-knit socks in the winter, and I have at least 15 pairs right now, plus enough yarn for about, oh, maybe 6 more pairs or so. Not to mention that as someone who commutes anywhere between 10 minutes to one hour to work each way, they’re the perfect portable project, even if the yarn does tend to wind itself around everything in my bag. It’s also the type of thing which is bound to get the occasional question–the other day when I was heading home from the mall, one older woman commented kindly as she passed to get off that it had been years since she had knit socks. Most people ask if I’m working on sleeves, though.

They’re fairly quick, they’re fun, and best of all, there’s nothing nicer than warm, handknit socks when you’re shivering at the bus stop in the dead of winter.


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