a little less jaywalking

Monday, January 30, 2006

Jaywalker number one

My Jaywalker is progressing SLOWLY. I don’t know if I am all socked out, if it’s the pattern, the pregnancy, or if I just need to be knitting baby stuff right now, but whatever the case I am not feeling the love for this project. That said I think it is going to fit quite well and it’s the first time I have started a pair of socks for myself so I am not completely giving up. I am going to leave it in my hand bag and knit on it when I am out and about - most likely sitting in Drs waiting rooms, which is something I do an awful lot of these days. What I am not going to do is kid myself that I will knit it at home and then not knit at all.

Having made this decision let me introduce Baby Project #1. No, it’s not a great big hanky. Its the very mindless start of a Stonington Shetland Shawl:

The Stonington Shetland Shawl

I bought this yarn more than six months ago I think, with this shawl in mind. I believe this may be the first time I have actually used yarn bought that far in advance as intended. I am thrilled with the colour but it is not as soft as I would have liked, I am hoping it will soften up with washing.

I have been thinking about putting a star like the one on the recent hat in the centre of the main square. I would do this in some sort of contrast stitch, not intarsia. What do you think? Would it work and in what stitch? I could also do the star thing on each of four sides instead of in the centre, or I can do a more traditional lace pattern. The possibilities are endless really. And at this rate I have plenty of time to decide.


Comment by Chris on 30/1/2006 @ 11:09 pm

Contrast stitch? You would add it after? Hmm, my concern would be to get it stretchy enough so it doesn’t restrict the shawl. I wonder if you can find a lace star to add??

Well, your Jaywalker looks good. :) I hope you keep going with it, because you should have a pair of handknit socks for yourself.

Comment by Cara on 30/1/2006 @ 11:24 pm

I’m sorry you’re not feeling the jaywalker love - I have to say though, I don’t think I would like it so much if I were knitting it solid. Part of the beauty of the pattern is what it does to variegated yarns. I know you don’t like the color changes, but I wonder if that wouldn’t change your mind about it. Just thinking out loud.

Comment by Carol on 31/1/2006 @ 3:36 pm

I agree with Cara. I love the Jaywalker socks, but not so sure about them in a solid colour. I love the colour you are using, but not sure it says Jaywalker to me. What yarn is it?

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