Sunday, March 4, 2007

Weekend knits

Tony has finally finished his first sock! He'd doing Jaywalkers in Regia. He's doing the smaller size on size us3. The foot is nearly 12 inches long and he still has a good 20 yards of yarn left from the first ball.

You may (or may not) remember that I bought some Claudia in Ingrid's Blues with which to make myself a pair of Jaywalkers back at the end of December. Well, I cast on for the larger size on US1s without bothering to gauge it first.

I made a sock that was too small for most children. And it took more than one skein for one sock -- that fabric was so tight it could have stopped bullets. I was so disappointed in the darn thing that I never started the second. I mean, what's the point if I (nor anyone else) could wear it?

Well, last week, I frogged the entire thing and rewound it into a nice yarn-cake (thanks Emma and your faboo ball winder). Why waste good yarn? Especially yarn that I love. I cast on again with Knitpicks "US2s" (also known as US2.5s to the rest of us) and I'm getting much better results this time.

This round is going much faster. I am almost through the heel-flap in just two days. The last one took two weeks just to make one tiny sock. Ahh, the endless lessons in gauge.


Marianne said...

Both the Jaywalkers look great, I started a pair, and hearing about how small they knit up...I have mine on US1.5 (2.5mm)and I just checked my Knitpicks dpns US2 which by knitpicks gauge/needle sizer is (?) anyway, I cast on for the larger size and although I've only a few rounds of cuff they are WAY too big, so now I'm wondering.....but they can wait. I've started Swallowtail.

Knit and fall back in it said...

Good looking socks. I love seeing everyone's beautiful handknit socks, but sadly I am incapable of knitting them. Every time I pick up those tiny DPNs I end up wanting to stab them directly into my heart before it is over.

Sheepish Annie said...

Jaywalkers are fabulous...and tricky! I got lucky on my first pair and they fit, but it was a fluke I tellya! I just didn't happen to have the smaller needles I usually use close to hand. Yours are looking great! Nice work.

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