Hey, it's Friday the 13th. I guess if you're superstitious, it could be an unlucky day. I've always felt a bit fond of Friday the 13th, since my son's due date was predicted for a Friday the 13th. Yeah, the kid kept me waiting another five days, but still, I get a bit nostalgic. I don't think I'm superstitious. My grandma was superstitious. She believed people had the evil eye. And I remember her making me put a thread in my mouth to protect me from getting pricked by her needle when she was sewing on a button or mending a hem while I was wearing the garment. I wonder if she would have changed her mind about unlucky Friday the 13th if she had known it was the due date of her future great-grandchild? Who knows? But, Friday the 13th today was a good day to finish my first Jaywalker socks, in all their floppiness.
Okay, not an attractive angle to take a photo of your own feet, but honestly, these aren't the most attractive socks. Yes, the Socks That Rock yarn is to die for, and yes, I love this pattern, but I ended up with a pair of schlumpy, floppy, wing-toed socks. Do I feel like a knitting failure? Not really. I look at these as the prototype, merely a stepping stone towards perfecting the Jaywalker sock. Of course, if I didn't have three more colorways of Socks That Rock in my stash, not to mention tons of other sock yarn in the stash, I might not be as laid back. I am sort of wondering if this "laid back, relaxed" knitting attitude doesn't lend itself to my having such loose knitting. (Okay, and the fact that I didn't bother figuring gauge beforehand, but these are details.) I've been looking at lots of other blogs where people are knitting this same pattern and the running trend seems to be that the socks are on the small side. Not over here.
Here are the stats on this pair of socks:
I used Socks That Rock yarn in the Cobblestone County yarn, in the smaller 325 yard skein. I cast on 76 stitches with size 1 US (2.25 mm) double pointed needles. (Follow the directions and use 4 double points. Don't try to be cutesy and use 3 double points like me unless you want to rip out the toe numerous times.) I made the leg part about 5 inches long. The next time I knit this pattern with this yarn (and, oh yes, there definitely will be a next time) I will use size 0 US (2 mm) needles and cast on 68 stitches. Hopefully I'll get a more fitted sock that way. In the meantime, these socks are super comfy and I like them as "scuffing around the house" sort of slippers. They're the prototype, just the raw beginnings.