I did it. I caved.
I cast on for the Jaywalkers this past weekend.
But, not before finishing these:
I stayed true to my plan and finished my co-worker's socks before even attempting to wind that luscious Vesper Sock Yarn slated for the Jaywalkers. I knew if I'd wound it before finishing the Koigu socks, there'd be no turning back.
I have to say, after the Vesper and the Ultramerino4 and the Lorna's Laces, the Koigu (I refuse to link to the atrocious Koigu site -- if you go there, you'll understand why) isn't doing it the same way for me anymore.
It also doesn't help that it takes FOR-EVER for it to come in -- if it comes at all. You spend so much time apart and the opportunities to "cheat" with other sock yarns become so plentiful that when that Koigu finally arrives, it arrives with a whimper and not a bang.
Know what I mean?
Anyway, so the Jaywalker pattern could be my new mindless sock pattern (very easy to memorize). I just love what it does to self-striping yarn. AND, technically, I did knit up this pattern WAY before this bandwagon business when it first appeared in MagKnits. But. sadly, my choice of yarn -- Mountain Colors Bearfoot -- was all wrong. The Bearfoot doesn't have much "give" and when I slipped my first attempt on Granny's feet, we struggled to get them past her heel. I then frogged and moved over to the Cabled Rib pattern, deciding to wait on the Jaywalkers until I could get my hands on some Vesper.
And there you go.
Here are some details of the beginnings of what looks to be a fabulous sock:
This Vesper seems to live up to it's reputation. It's as soft as Rowan Cashsoft DK -- which contains a bit of cashmere -- and is 100% Merino. The colors are extremely vivid and it stripes really well. So far, it's been a dream to knit.
I'm actually much farther along on this baby, but decided to post these pics first "For The Record" and also because I've been so busy I haven't had time to blog, much less photograph my progress this week.
So, stay tuned for more Jaywalker goodness...