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?