I thought I'd make a pair of Jaywalkers with The Red and The Black. I wanted something that would showcase the striping. But I knew I'd have to knit toe up because I wasn't sure how much sock I'd get, and I'd have to modify the pattern for that and the gauge. I figured the best way to get ready was to start a regular pair of Jaywalkers in my Xmas Rock Socks That Rock:
Those are itsy bitsy bendy Brittany needles. I started with some bamboo dpn's and was miserable. I'm still miserable, the yarn sticks to the needles and I much prefer working with two circulars; but it's less torture than the bamboo. (And what is up with the pooling? I mean, I think it looks really cool. But hasn't everyone else's STR Jaywalkers been coming out stripes?)
Look, I got a whole 2 rows done last night:
Impatient to start knitting with The Red and The Black, I did some googling and I found someone else had not only thought of toe-up Jaywalkers, but had written out instructions as well. Cool. I started a pair using the figure 8 cast on. Look at the striping:
I used two #4 circular needles (yay) and modified for gauge as I went. But you know what (or if you're in Texas, I'll tell you h-what), the number of stitches and bulkier fabric just aren't working for Jaywalker. I'm not liking it. So after a bit of thought, I decided to add two negative ribs up the sides, like bonnet stripes on a Mini, just to add a little interest, and knit the rest of the sock plain. The stripes will speak for themselves, and the little bit of detail will (I hope) keep things interesting.
Lunchtime knitting has yielded:
an almost done Curlycue scarf! This is for my niece and has taken for-e-vah (the last photo). Curly parts from Last Minute Knitted Gifts, pared down to child size. I didn't think such curlies around the neck would be so practical so I added enough seed stitch to wrap around once. Dangling curlies, pretty colors. If you were seven would you love it?
PS: I joined Project Spectrum. I love the idea of celebrating colors, I'm all about colors these days. The Knitting Olympics pushed me to explore things I wouldn't otherwise have, and I think Project Spectrum will do the same (just not as, uh, intensively). Colors for March are Red and Pink. It's not intentional, but all three knits in progress have one, the other or both!