There's an interesting tension in the knitting world (yes, I'm using some sociological jargon, I've been writing an article which is why I haven't been blogging as much. I want to stay in that language space so I can get the damned thing finished). It's about whether to join a trend on the blogs.
Do you knit the Jaywalker socks or not? If you really like them and have sock needles free and the right yarn, are you a mindless trend follower or are you just knitting what you like, recognizing that lots of other knitters like it too? How does something become a big knitting trend anyway--the next Birch or Clapotis or Jaywalker or Rogue?
In the end it shouldn't really matter to anyone else what you knit or what you do with your knits. We all come to this craft with differing sets of motivations and desires and that's what makes it fun. Yesterday at Lettuce Knit (yes, I finally attended a Stitch'n'Bitch and had a great time) there was a woman knitting a beautiful Jade Starmore steeked stole, two of us making jaywalker socks, some blankets, a baby sweater and a nifty-box in progress. Some swore they would never make Jaywalker socks now that they are the thing, others were thinking about it despite the teasing of their friends.
Really in the big world out there, we are not a trendsetting sub-culture that will be on the cover of People magazine, we won't get to the front of the line at the "right" bars because we knit. And we like it that way. We're used to be on the outside of what the media deems as popular culture. So who cares if a bunch of us knits the same thing?
That being said, here are my Jaywalkers in progress. My assessment so far: love, love, love the Socks that Rock yarn, kinda like the pattern. I think the look is beautiful, but I'm not sure about the fit.
The design of these socks means they don't have much stretch in them, so I knit the larger size to conform to my foot measurements (damn bunions). The leg is comfortable and will stay up, but I find the ankle/heel area a bit big and I'm trying to decide if I want to rip back and do a short row heel which I think makes a bit shallower ankle or just do the first sock and see how it goes.
Call me lazy, but I don't fiddle with my socks much because I figure if they don't fit me, I'll find someone who can wear them. But right now I have some weird sentimental thing going on with this yarn. I bought it at Rhinebeck so I want it for me. I'm also a bit worried about running out of yarn. That would suck big time.