Because she's wearing her Jaywalkers! Finally! The second sock was finished Sunday night, after doing a show and driving four hours down to Fullerton to see the boy, only to discover that the call he was on that was supposed to end at nine was going until midnight. (I got my birthday present (May 11) that night, too - a rice cooker/food steamer, The Notebook on DVD, a bag of Starbursts and a rose!! Yay!! Can't wait to try out these new recipes!!! Yes, I'm strange, I do enjoy getting gifts that plug into kitchen outlets.) Anyway, you don't care about that, you want to see the socks.
Ta da! (Pay no attention to the whiteness of my legs. Why, yes, Colleen, that IS the start of the Rogue in the bag by my feet.) Okay, so there are still issues with the second one's heel. It is an afterthought, which is a nice technique, but I did have some problems with it. First and probably foremost, it's not such a great heel to use when you've already messed up and put a pattern on the sole of the sock, because then you have to deal with stitches that are in a pattern already. Next time, I will make sure that the sole is stockinette. Second, I hate and suck at picking up stitches. (Yes, I know, I just did a whole entrelac stole. I still hate picking up stitches.) Picking up the actual stitches from the sock was fine but no matter what number of stitches I pick up on the sides, it isn't right. I either have too few and get a hole, or too many and get this extra streak of knitting down the side of the heel. Will have to get better at that. I could see afterthought heels translating very easily to two socks at a time and doing both heels at the same time afterwards, so I do want to try this one again. Jaywalker socks were done in KnitPicks Dancing, Jig colourway. It's a decent yarn, a bit hard on the hands, but softens up after washing. I will use it again, as I like the colourways of it, and I have more in the stash already.
Started the Fluted Bannisters Sunday night, as well, and have the toe of the first one done. Bearfoot...my god, I love that yarn! So soft! Soft, I say! Particularly after the "sock yarn" mix of the Dancing, the 100% superwash wool is heaven on the hands. The Mountain Tango colourway is growing on me, too. I got it from a lady on KR who was destashing and even though I wasn't wild about the colour at the time, it was a good price and I had really wanted to try some of it. I'm ending up really liking it! Who knew?! I'm going to get these started and then get back to the poor KYOA Pi, who has been all but totally neglected this week and I am now officially a clue behind. I told my grandmother that I wanted to have it done by June (she knows I'm working on it, but doesn't know it is for her), so I'm not terribly behind yet, but it's going to start piling up fast!
As much as I hate to say it, Rogue can probably wait for a bit.