...because I'm Jaywalking! (Man, I crack myself up...) Here they are (pick your favorite view):
I finished them up last night during Return of the Jedi :) Details:
Pattern: Jaywalkers by Grumperina.
Yarn: Lorna's Laces in Tahoe, two skeins. I made the larger size Jaywalker (after frogging the smaller size), and had a total of one ounce of yarn left.
Tools: Clover Bamboo DPNs; size 1, 7"
Comments: I loved the needles--nice and flexible, but strong. I love, love, love this yarn. The colors didn't work out to be exactly the same on each sock, but I think that's part of the charm of variegated yarn. Did I like the pattern? Well, it's enjoyable to knit. Now that I have the socks on my feet, they are extremely comfortable. How's that for a vague answer? Let's try a couple of more specific questions. Would I make them again? No. I have one pair now, and I think that's plenty. I think there are enough sock patterns out there that aren't so inflexible that getting them on your feet qualifies as aerobic activity. I would never make these as a gift, unless I knew someone's feet so well I was certain they would fit AND I knew the person really enjoyed struggling to get socks on her feet. They're lovely, but wildly impractical. Would I recommend the pattern to someone else? Sure. Just don't make the small size unless you have freakishly small feet, and know in advance that getting them on and off is a pain. This was my first pair of socks (FuzzyFeet aside), and I enjoyed the knitting experience. I'm not averse to knitting more socks. I haven't taken the socks off my feet yet--what a nice little luxury handknit socks are. And the colors--I would never wear something this variegated anywhere but my feet!
Other knitting: I'd like to start my Indian Summer Shawl next. I know I'm at the point where I just need to start, and if it's not working out, I can rip back and change the pattern. I still have my T-Twist to re-do from the yoke up (although now that I'm going to ripping back, I'm tempted to add a couple of inches to the length, too). I have Kitty Pi sitting on the needles. I might start another pair of socks. I scored some Gryffindor striping sock yarn from Sunshine Yarns for my husband for Christmas (and I just got a second skein for me!), and I have some Opal Rainforest in Tiger for my husband as well. And then, I have my Strawberry Banana from Sunshine Yarns for me. I have a vest I want to make in Jaeger Luxury Tweed. Something Red in Rowanspun. And I haven't really been thinking about Christmas gifts at all. Yikes. Maybe I need a serious "state of the knitting" determination to prioritize projects. And another organizing trip through the stash.
Writing: Just noodling around with Chapter 6. The victim's funeral is in this chapter.
Reading: Not really into The History of Love yet, but I have a while till my next book club meeting, so I'm on fluffy reading again.
Cooking; Yesterday, I made a "use up the veggies" soup that turned out quite well. You have to like leeks and cauliflower, though, since it's very lightly seasoned.
2 tsp olive oil
1 bay leaf
3 large leeks, halved and sliced (white and light green parts only
1 cauliflower, separated into florets
1 medium baking potato, cubed
6 cups water
salt and pepper to taste
Heat oil over medium-high heat. Add bay leaf and leeks; cook for 5-8 minutes, until leek is fragrant. Add cauliflower and potato; cover with water (about 6 cups). Add salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer 20 minutes, or until vegetables are tender. Adjust seasonings as needed. Makes about 12 cups.