Chrome wheeled, fuel-injected and steppin’ out over the line
Pattern: Jaywalker (Ravelry link) by Grumperina (9″ size)
Yarn: Schachenmayr nomotta Regia Stretch Color (70% wool, 23% nylon, 7% polyester), colorway 119
Needles: U.S. 1.5 nickel Options 40″ fixed circulars (two-at-a-time Magic Loop style)
I started this pair of Jaywalkers last October when I was about to go to Denmark for a week. My needs were simple: (1) A sock I could knit at a conference without looking at a pattern. (2) A sock that I was in no danger of finishing during the trip.
Out of my stash I grabbed this venerable self-striping sock yarn. Searching my memory, seems to me like I must have bought it in one of my first few trips to my local yarn store — either that or at its going-out-of-business sale. For the second time around with Jaywalkers (not counting an abortive toe-up effort), I knew I could do it in my sleep.
Plane knitting + conference knitting (at every single session except the opening keynote address, at which I learned my lesson by almost falling asleep) + plane knitting again got me almost to the heel. Then, like many WIPs, it rested until the new year, when I resolved to finish everything I had going before starting anything new.
I made the 9″ size again, because my foot is almost exactly 9″ around (and about 9.25″ long). The annals of the Jaywalker are full of stories of it turning out too small because the chevron pattern pulls in more than most socks, although there are extra stitches to compensate. But neither of mine have been anywhere near too small. If anything, they’re looser than my other socks, although the pattern somehow magically keeps the leg from slouching.
And those aren’t my only FOs for this week. Behold!
Pattern: Basic Pattern for Children’s Mittens by Elizabeth Durand
Yarn: Mystery acrylic worsted inherited from Gretchen, lo these many years ago
Needles: U.S. 7 Harmony wood Options 32″ circular needle (Magic Loop Style)
A couple of weeks ago, when snow was forecast, I made a valiant effort at all-at-one-go mittens for Archer. I pulled out a ball of acrylic that I had gotten from a student who gave me a bunch of yarn and needles when I was just starting. And maybe I could have done it if I had a 40″ cable. I knit my two-at-a-time socks on 40″ circs, but I don’t have any 40″ cables for my interchangeable needles. 32″ is just a tad too small for me to Magic-Loop two mitts or socks with comfort.
So I knit one (except for the thumb) in about 90 minutes, and cast on for the second. But it was clear by that time — less than an hour from any reasonable bedtime — that I wasn’t going to make it to a complete pair. Luckily, the snow didn’t materialize, so I took my own sweet time finishing that second mitt and knitting the thumbs.
I knit the 8-10 year size, but I only did 16 rows after the thumb, because it was almost big enough for me at that point. Kitchenered the tops and thumbs together instead of just pulling them tight.
And now of course it’s 70 degrees, but I still need my photo shoot. (Check out the lower tooth he lost just the evening before!) Never mind — someday they’ll serve him well.