I'm just going to jump right in and start firing off posts about all the FOs that I haven't talked about yet. First up: project #3 for 12 in 2011 is done! They were actually finished mid-March but didn't get around to taking photos of them for the longest time.
I don't have a whole lot to say about these, other than the fact that the pattern is brilliant and is quite fun to knit. They're actually quite an addictive knit and I can now see why over 8000 pairs have been made and why so many knitters out there have knit several, if not dozens of pairs of these! I definitely plan on knitting at least one more pair. In self-striping yarn. Oh, and maybe in a tweed. I also have some crazy variegated yarn that would be perfect for this pattern too...
In my last post about these socks I had mentioned gauge/needle size issues and how I was a bit worried that these would turn out either really big or insanely snug. Guess what? They fit perfectly! Size 2.25mm needles seem to be the magic needle size for sock making! I was also worried that I would run out of yarn too soon since the yardage for BMFA's Socks That Rock which I still love and will be hoarding like a mofo!) is a fair bit shorter than what I'm used to. A lot of sock yarn that I've knit with in the past had at least 400yds. Well, I ended up with about 10 grams leftover (yes, I weighed it) and could have made the foot on both socks a smidge longer. For some reason I always start decreasing for the toes too soon and my socks end up a little on the smaller side. I'm hoping that over time the socks will stretch out a little and solve the problem.
One thing I'm proud of with these socks? The heels. It was my first time knitting a heel flap - something that I've been really intimidated to do for the longest time, and yet they were insanely easy to knit! Even the picking up of the stitches and knitting the gusset was easy peasy. Why was I so scared to do this in the first place? I'm quite proud of my heels and am really loving how they look. I did a slip stitch heel this time around, but plan on doing all the different variations of heels on future socks.
Pattern: Jaywalker by Grumperina
Yarn: Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock Lightweight
Colour: Queen Rock
Needles: Knit Picks Nickel Plated circulars in 2.25mm (US 1)
Ravelry Link: MisoCraftyKnits' Queen Jaywalker