As much as I love going to the beach, I spent most of the time under the beach umbrella:
(The Tim is holding it here - I don't have "man hands" like on that "Seinfeld" episode!)
You may remember that I started Sock #1 in 2007, when we were on vacation at Virginia Beach, and just finished it last month. Anyway, I had lots of beach knitting time as well as some time knitting at home, and now I have a pair:
They aren't perfect, but I'm happy with how they turned out, and I will probably try this pattern again, since once you get the hang of it, it's not as complicated as it seems. The best part?
They fit perfectly! I have christened these "Beachy Jaywalkers." (BTW, this picture shows more of the true colors in the yarn.) For those who are interested, here are the details:
Pattern: Jaywalker by Grumperina (Ravelry link)
Yarn: Black Bunny Fibers Handpainted Superwash Merino Classic; colorway Blue Agate
Needles: US 2
Started: September 2007. Completed: July 7, 2009.
Changes: None. I'm lucky I managed to finish the pattern as written - I wasn't about to try to do anything additional/different! Melanie asked me if the fit was a problem, as she has read it is for other people. I haven't worn them for a whole day yet, but when I tried them on, I didn't see any problem with the fit. That's just my experience so far, though. I'll let you know if I decide otherwise once I test them.
In other sock knitting news, I think I have figured out Judy's Magic Cast-on for toe-up socks! By following the illustrations and instructions in Wendy's book, I got it to work after practicing on big needles with big yarn, so I'm hoping I can "translate" it to actual sock yarn.
Now I can decide what to knit next without feeling like I'm letting too many things languish - hooray!