Are you still with me? There were rumors these would never get finished--they were the knitting I carried around in my purse. If I was waiting somewhere a round or two would be completed. They took a very, very long time. There was panic at the end when I got as far as the toe decreases on the left sock and Charlotte decided she wanted to try it on--she pulled the needles out to do so. I rescued the sock and it is hardly worse for the wear. Thankfully I had a hair appointment a couple of days later so you can no longer see the new grey hairs this moment produced.These are the very first pair of socks I have ever knit. I am very proud of them and my feet feel so pampered. I am very impressed with how well the stripes match up--there are only a couple of minor variations in the patterning.
The Kitchener Stitch tutorial at Knitting Help is amazing. I didn't have it available when I grafted the first toe and I wish I had. The second one was a piece of cake.
Pattern: Jaywalker socks by Grumperina. This pattern has swept the internet by storm--it is so clever and fun to knit up.
Yarn: Regia Crazy Colours in Red--a kind gift brought from Germany by my good friend and knitting partner in crime Poppins.
Needles: 2.25mm metal needles from my late Grandma's collection. I had to combine two sets to get enough needles and they will never be used again--one of the needles got rough at the end as I was finishing the second sock.
If you want to try and find the mistakes I made, just click on the pictures to make them bigger.