My second pair of Jaywalker socks are done. Depending on how you define "successful", (i.e. fits like a real sock with anatomically correct toe shaping vs. floppy, schlumpy, saggy, oversized sock with weird wing-toe shaping) this pair is infinitely more successful. (Yeah, but I still love the schlumpy first pair. They're getting a lot of around the house wear.) I think I've tweaked the pattern successfully to my style of loose knitting. (Okay, and reading the pattern correctly also helped.) Because I had only one skein of Lorna's Laces Shepherd sock yarn in the Lakeview colorway, which means I only had 215 total yards to work with, I had to do some careful knitting. I've found that I can get a single pair of an average woman's size socks out of only one skein of Lorna's Laces if I only make the leg part four inches long. This pair was very, very close. I was sweating it out towards the end, wondering if I was going to have to order a second skein of Lakeview, which probably wouldn't match well, but the Lorna's pulled through and I kitchenered the toe closed with literally a few feet of yarn left over. It was really close. In fact, I think I've only had one other project, a baby sweater, come out with as little yarn left over. Waste not, want not, right? These Jaywalkers are bright and crazy looking. I love them. I'm gifting them to a friend who is equally as psychedelic.
So, what do you do when you've finished your second pair of Jaywalkers? Immediately cast on a third pair. My husband declared I was in a "sock knitting rut" last night. I disagree. A few pairs of socks in a row does not a "rut" make. I think he was grumpy because I was making him hold my skein of yarn in his outstretched hands while I rolled it up into a ball. (Nope, I don't own a swift or a ball winder. I have a cute, usually agreeable husband who holds my skeins.) Personally, I'm feeling rather self-satisfied with myself that I'm actually knitting up some of the many (many, many) skeins of gorgeous hand-painted sock yarns that I own. Usually I just admire them spread out on my guest bed instead of on my needles. This pair of socks is out of some incredible yarn called Claudia Hand Painted Yarns in a colorway called Passion Fruit. It's a merino wool and the label says it's a product of South Africa, which is pretty cool. The colors are absolutely amazing. We had a tiny bit of snow this morning, but it's already gone now, so I took the yarn outside to try to get an accurate color photo in the natural light. There's a bright bold red, a brown, and a purple in it. So far, I'm in love. And NOT in a rut.