Friday, June 15, 2007

My PJ's

I've had these silly things finished for a few days, but finally got the photos taken, so here are my new PJ's (PandaCotton Jaywalkers)

Pattern: Jaywalker by Grumperina
Pattern Source: MagKnits September 2005
Yarn: Crystal Palace Panda Cotton in Faded Jeans
Needles: (2) Knit Picks Circulars size 2.5mm (1 1/2 US)

Modifications: Knit toe-up using Judy's magic cast-on. In the pattern stitch, I knit 5 stitches in between the increase and decrease stitches instead of the 7 or 8 as the pattern states. If I were to knit these again with this yarn, I'd do 6 stitches in between the increase and decrease sections. It's not that they are tight, but I would prefer them a bit less "snug". I also chose to shorten the leg section to make these more of a summery ankle-length sock.

Notes: I'm definitely in love with this yarn. It is PERFECT for the California (or warm climate) sock-knitter. It's soft, a bit stretchy, comes in a great assortment of colors and not only does it feel light-weight and a bit "airy", but it's antimicrobial. It does split a bit, but not any more noticeable than my current yarn (Regia Silk 6-ply). I was originally going to knit Sockbug's Crooked Cable Socks, but because I couldn't get gauge, I had to abandon it and remembered that the Jaywalker pattern could probably be easily modified. By changing the amount of stitches in between the increases and decreases, I was able to easily "get gauge" and knit the perfect pair of ankle socks for the summer.

Yes, if you click on the photos for larger, you'll notice my horribly hairy legs. My husband was on a 3 day business trip and I haven't been feeling well enough to go anywhere, so I figured .. what's the point? Now I'm starting to regret that decision. Forever, my hairy legs will be captured in time on my blog on the Internet for all to see ..... (sigh).

Since all the "cool kids" are doing it, I just joined the Mystery Stole 3.

I find something intriguing about not knowing what the finished object looks like. I'm most definitely stepping out of my comfort zone for this. Who else is joining in? What yarn are you using? If you're not participating, why not?

16 comments:

flutter said...

those are sooo cool. I didn't see a hair on your legs, girl

Micki said...

Hair? I see no hair. All I see are some fabulicious Jaywalkers.

tiennie said...

Those jaywalkers are fabulous! MS3, huh? So far I've avoided the pressure!

Yarn It said...

I love the socks! You had me cracking up with your hairy legs comment. I really do not see any hair but I so understand not wanting to shave sometimes.

Glad you joined MS3...I think it will be fun!

The_Add_Knitter said...

That Crystal Palace Panda cotton looks amazing, love it. It's so tiny and perfect when it comes wound in a skein, it's almost a shame to use it!

jillian said...

Perfect summery socks!

abby said...

The Jaywalkers are great! I like the idea of the shorter leg. I was thinking of joining Mystery Stole 3, too, but I'm scared!

lynda said...

Yea - another "cool kid"!! And, I love the Jaywalkers.

Judy said...

Love that yarn! But I must resist...

LOL your "hairy" predicament. I couldn't see a thing!

SJ said...

The colors are so nice!

I'll bet with the cotton content in the yarn, they'll stretch out a bit as you wear them.

slyn said...

That yarn so looks like faded jeans, perfect name! Perfect summer socks. Should I tell everyone the reason they can't see your hair is because you and I were blessed with blonde leg hair? If it were a sunnier picture it would show up!

Karen said...

Oooohhh, pretty socks. And heck, what's a bit of stubble between friends. :)

Teyani said...

poi-fect summer jays!
Mystery stole? yikes.. I'd never know if I was knitting the pattern right or not. You're so brave - hat's off to you

Laura said...

First off, I love your socks!!! I didn't see any leg hair, either. I must make some Jaywalkers one day. I'm stepping outside my comfort zone with the Mystery Shawl, too. Never done anything like that before. But, I like a lot of Melanie's designs, and am hoping I like this one, too. LOL I think the odds are good. ;-)

Dipsy said...

Yessss! They look absolutely awesome - great work! And seeing these certainly inspired me to knit another pair of Jaywalkers soon too, that pattern is just so gorgeous!

Angelika said...

I'm in on the MS3. I'm using 80/20 merino/silk and some beads I found at AC Moore on sale. Can't wait to get started.