Needles: Knitpicks circular size 2.5
Pattern: My own, adapted from the Bubble Cable pattern in the Vogue Stitchionary 2. Toe up with a short row heel.
I love this yarn. I want my whole world to be boysenberry and charcoal colored. I want to knit a tent out of JKnits Tampa and live inside it. I'm not sure about the name though, because I've spent plenty of time in Tampa and it should be the color of traffic and strip malls.
I'm going to name this pair the Burst My Bubble socks. Because as wonderful as they are, it kills me that the striping variegation isn't quite identical. And I know why and if I hadn't been in a self-imposed hurry to complete them by the end of the month, I would have noticed it and fixed it.
As I was midway through the cuff on sock #1, I was horrified to see a ladder from a dropped stitch. It began in the middle of the foot and went down to a few inches above the toe. There was no way to bring it allllll the way up to my working row without getting caught at the heel turn and also totally distorting the fabric. So I threaded a length of yarn through it, tied a loose knot, and wove in the ends.
When I started sock #2, I should have decreased a stitch to copy that dropped stitch. That one extra stitch accounts for the difference in the coloring of the socks. It's not a big difference and I still love the socks, but darn it! They could have been almost perfect! Not totally perfect, since there's one cable that is short a row, but almost perfect. And honestly, after wearing them today, they are maybe a tad too big.
But whatever. Knitting and perfectionism are mutually exclusive for me.