Pattern: Jaywalkers, from MagKnits, by Grumperina
Yarn: Blue Moon Fiber Arts Sock Candy (cotton & elite in some proportion I forget), lemongrass colorway, about 1 1/4 skeins, purchased on DeStash
Mods: I knit them toe-up, roughly following this handy guide that I found via Grumperina's Jaywalker page. I used a short-row toe and heel, and followed this AMAZING tutorial to close up the short-rows without getting any gaps. I'm a convert to short-row toes and heels, and toe-up socks. I love short-rows (is that sick?) and I hate the look, feel and process of a grafted toe. Ugh. I also like the idea of just dividing your yarn in half and knitting up a sock until you run out of yarn, and it's hard for me to estimate for the best yarn-usage with top-down socks.
Here's one issue I had with my heels, though:
Yes, that's a hole. There's one at each side of the top of both heels. And by "top" I mean where I finished closing up my short-rows and started knitting in the round again. I tugged the bejesus out of the yarn to avoid a hole like that, and yet there they are. Does anyone know of a good solution for this in the future? I'm going to just stitch over this with a little extra yarn, but I'd like to avoid it completely in future socks...
Next up ... baby jays with my leftover yarn, for EVA!