Alright, people, time for some fun!

Is it just me, or is the knitblogging world currently moving in slooooow motion? Fewer posts, fewer comments, much less motivation to write entries or comment or think or create or… even knit! Frankly, I’m tired of it! Let us motivate each other to leave comments, to knit quicker, to think outside the box, to set up fans aimed directly at our hands so we do finish that mohair scarf over the summer!

Let’s have some fun! I’ve got a drawer full of sock yarn, and I’m feeling unseasonably generous.

Here’s how we’ll play. Have you finished a pair of Jaywalkers, but have not submitted them for the gallery? I’m going to give you all the reasons in the world (well, two of them) to contact me right now and submit a picture of your FO for the gallery:

  1. At least once a week someone writes to me saying that they love the gallery, love looking through all the different colors and styles, and find it inspirational in their own knitting process. Really, this should be reason enough to want your own JWs to be in the gallery, right?
  2. Currently I have 192 finished Jaywalkers in the gallery, and one more that I need to add, for a total of 193. That is such an odd number, and I don’t like it.

So, I’m soliciting Jaywalkers for the gallery!

  1. E-mail me or leave me a comment to submit your pair of socks.
  2. Please include a link to your blog entry where the JWs are featured, or a photo of your finished socks if you’re blog-less.
  3. Please state specifically that your submission is for the gallery. Copyright laws protect your photos – I cannot assume that I have license to reproduce them on my website without your explicit permission and agreement. As simple as that.
  4. Appearance of your Jaywalkers in the gallery isn’t a matter of opinion – if you contact me, state that they’re for the gallery, they will be included. I really don’t care about the quality of the photograph, or if Sissy the Cat is modeling them, or the angle at which the camera is focused.
  5. I will keep track between my e-mail and my comments, and knitters of the 200th, 250th, 300th (dare I dream it will go that high?) Jaywalkers in the gallery will receive some sock yarn from me! I’m anti-crap, so the yarn will be tailored to your knitting preferences.

Submissions to other Grumpy Knits Galleries are also encouraged – Picovoli, Odessa, Sharfik, bring it on! If (combined) I get more than 40-50 submissions for these other patterns, perhaps I’ll draw names from a hat for another sock yarn prize ;).

Now, shoo! Leave me a comment!


141 thoughts on “Alright, people, time for some fun!

  1. Mary Lou

    First comment! Yippee! I emailed you a photo of my jaywalkers but I neglected to add that you had permission to post their picture….here is my permission to post their picture.

    Mary Lou

  2. Heather

    Oooh, now I just need to finish sock #2. I’ve passed the gusset and am on the straight part of the foot, the home stretch.

    Maybe this weekend, just in time for #300. πŸ™‚

  3. Liz K.

    My Picovoli is already in your gallery, but my jaywalkers aren’t, as I knit them before I started the blog. I’l send you the link to the Flickr pic. I have gotten a lot of traffic to my blog from the Picovoli gallery.

  4. LaurieM

    I was just thinking the same thing about the knit blogs being slow. Thanks for trying to get thigns moving again.

    I’ll get you a picture of my Jaywalkers ASAP!

  5. Nancy

    I love reading your blog but I am not too computer savy (to say the least). I just found the Jaywalker gallery. Anyway, I now have the pattern (gallery was an inspiration) and here I go.

  6. Mary K. in Rockport

    I have an (not good – well, the hat is good but the photo is not) Odessa that I can email you. Re: Jaywalkers, I don’t suppose that just sending a picture of the yarn with which I INTEND to make them would suffice…?

  7. danni


    thats a lovely idea! I still haven’t made any socks, but they are defenitely on my todo-list!

    I will be lookforward to see all you creations.. !

    Thanks for that lovely Blog and for “waking us up” lol!

  8. Allyson

    Yikes, I’ve been motivated to delurk. I’ve been reading your blog for ages, but haven’t commented, no excuse for bad behavior. I’m imspired by all of the jaywalkers — I just haven’t actually taken the sock leap yet. But I do have the yarn poised and ready for Odessa, so I’m off to that cool place near the fan to cast on. Now if the toddlers in my home would just give me a tad bit of space and time!

  9. Jody

    Hmmm….maybe I’ll stop resisting the Jaywalkers & and make myself a pair. Maybe I’ll get around to finishing my Pico too.

  10. SallyT

    I’ve only finished 1/2 of one! I lost a needle on an airplane and had a tight connection (no time to take apart the seat). Unlike the Harlot, my needle wasn’t behind my ear. Had to order more needles. I’m surely not going to make 200–maybe 300?

  11. --Deb

    Well, it’s a great idea. Of course, my Jaywalkers are already IN the gallery…

    But yes, the blog world has gotten quiet lately. Too quiet. I’m glad to see somebody’s doing something about it!

  12. Marianne

    Rats! I’ve had Jaywalkers on my List of Things to Knit for a while now and gotten distracted by my own design twidlings. No sockyarn for me this time!

  13. Kimberly

    My jaywalkers are almost done. Just give me a day or two. I promise, they will get done. I knit them while getting my hair done today and now I’m on the toe. Unfortunately, the other toe needs to be frogged and re-knit but that should be done soon. Thanks for the motivation.

  14. Carolyn

    Ah…more reasons to knit. I must make another pair of jaywalkers…and I think Dad would love sharfik for Christmas…I am thinking Christmas..yes, it’s true.

  15. Cyndi

    This is just the kick in the pants I need to finish up the Jaywalkers that I started in February. [hanging head in shame] At the rate I’ve been knitting lately, I’m guessing I’ll be close to your 300th gallery photo. πŸ™‚

  16. Laura

    but I don’t knit socks! Or at least I rarely knit socks–too pedestrian. (no, I don’t really think that. I just couldn’t resist the pun.)

    I was thinking of knitting another Picovoli…

  17. kris

    i’m sure if you set up a separate gallery for single or unfinished socks you’d get 300 entries in a flash πŸ˜‰

    ok, i’m going to try and finish my second pair soon. i promise.

  18. Dawn

    I haven’t knit a pair of jaywalkers yet, but I’ve been intending to. This may be the motivation I need to get them started!

  19. janine

    What a lovely idea πŸ™‚

    I have my fourth pair of jawalkers about to come off the needles I think you have two pairs in the gallery – I’ll have to check about the third, I also have a couple of Picovoli and an Odessa kicking around somewhere – I’ll have to hunt out the photos

  20. Valerie

    I’m at the heel for the 2nd sock in my Jaywalker pair! Hoping to turn that corner this weekend. I did make a bag inspired by your Corded pattern; maybe I’ll take a picture of that….

  21. Brenda on the S OR Coast

    I finished a pair of Jaywalkers a few weeks ago for a friend who wanted some “kinda’ wild” socks. I LOVED how they turned out and she loves them too! I’m zipping off a picture to you right away for your gallery. Thanks for the motivation!


  22. kathy

    Mine are the bright red ones, about one third down the page, title for post is unsure of medal standing.

    Love these socks, love your work Kathy, keep it up.


  23. Martha

    I so want to participate in this!!! I have some started for my mom….maybe I can get them in for one of the later prizes!

  24. Toby

    Okay, I’ll bite – I have a finished pair of Jaywalkers that I never got around to submitting to the gallery. You have my permission to use one of my photos in your Jaywalker gallery.

    Here’s the link:

    I guess I should get crackin’ on my second pair that’s 60% finished.

  25. Maria

    I am on my third pair of Jaywalkers. I love the pattern! I have been using Socks That Rock! yarn. It is the best! My blog is at:

    My pictures of the Jaywalker’s are at:

    I also made Odessa for my friend’s mother who was diagnosed with an aggressive cancer and was undergoing chemo. Great pattern! It was done with Rowan Calmer.

  26. Meem

    I’d better get moving. I knit one Jaywalker in the larger size. Then decided I didn’t like the color combination as much as I’d though AND it was too big. πŸ™ ribbit, ribbit.

  27. Melissa

    But you always have so many comments, what could I possibly add?

    Thanks for keeping things interesting and continuing to update during the hot summer months!

    You have permission to use my Picovoli photo in the gallery.

    Great pattern, thanks!

  28. beth

    Wow! Great idea! I was just saying to Kris (strikker) that I wanted to make ANOTHER pair of jaywalkers with yarn she sent me! Thanks!

  29. corine

    that is just the incentive i needed to finish the ‘sleeves’ and weave in the ends on my picovoli! you’ll hear from me again real soon…

  30. Liz

    I’m pretty new to knitting, but I hear you on the knitblogging slump. No promises, but I’d like to try my hand at Sharfik! πŸ™‚ Thanks, G!

  31. Vicki

    So if I can start and finish some Jaywalkers quickly enough, I might win some yarn… I’ve been meaning to get around to that wonderful pattern πŸ™‚

  32. Laura

    I get hits on my blog nearly every day from people clicking through from my photo in the Sharfik Gallery!! I don’t remember if I already sent you my Jaywalker photo so there ya go – I already emailed it to you. πŸ™‚

  33. Christina

    You have permession to add pictures of my jaywalking pink flamingo’s to your gallery! Is that explicit enough? Oh this is so much fun! Maybe I’ll be one of those special numbers. Even if I’m not, I’ll still be showing off my pretty socks (and they’re only my second pair!)! blog –

  34. mari

    You are so right – there is much less blogging and comments going on in my house. But I vow to change! I hope your post brings you lots of photos!

  35. Kelly

    I have an affinity for prime numbers…193 being a prime number, I think there should be prizes awarded for the jaywalkers that meet the criteria of being the 199th, the 251st, and the 307th. Since I’m busy with a knitting class and can’t post any stuff for this contest, I feel quite sad but happy to know that there will be plenty of new things to look at it in the gallery. Good luck and I bet you get closer to 499…

  36. TK

    It has been slow in blogland. No one seems to be posting, even those who post everyday. I was glad to see something to read when I got here.

  37. Kim

    I must confess ‘upsetness’ over the lack of Grumperina blogging the last couple days or so. Long live the Grumperina!!! I have been working on my jaywalkers this past week and a half. I knit them driving down to San Felipe in Baja, Mex; I knit them on the beach; I knit them through two graduations…..and then, ripped them out in about 2 min 27 seconds because they would not fit over my dang heel!!! Then tried a larger cast on with size #2s, but they were TOO big. So, I guess I will move up to the next size from the 76 cast on…… Still want to use #1 dpns to keep a tighter fabric…. Very maddening…. I want my jaywalkers done and fitting!!!

  38. Sarah

    What a shameless way to get more comments. πŸ˜‰ But yes, I have noticed that things are quieter lately. My completed Jaywalkers (my first socks ever!) are in this post here:

    As long as I’m sharing, I wanted to thank you for writing this pattern…as I said, they were my first socks, and I was more than a little apprehensive going into them. But your pattern went into just the right amount of detail so that I was never lost or confused, and all “design features” in my finished product are a result of my own inattention to detail. Thanks!

  39. brooke

    I was just thinking about how I haven’t been commenting lately. Must get my lazy summer behind in gear and start typing what I’m thinking. Thanks for the reminder to get moving!

  40. bia

    I am almost done with my Tivoli and it’s very exciting! I have the perfect yarn for Jaywalkers and can’t wait to get started (although I really feel like I reached critical UFO mass, so I should finish something – anything – before starting something else).

  41. Whitney

    I posted about my Jaywalkers here. They were my very first pair of socks! You most certainly have my permission to use the pictures in your gallery.

  42. Judith in NYC

    Being a Luddite, I don’t own a digital camera or even a regular one–so no photos from me (my biggest concession is the internets–too good to pass up). However, I want you to know that I have knitted most of your patterns. Right now I am in the process of knitting a child’s Jaywalkers and have the yarn to make my own Picovoli. I luuurve your designs and your blog.

  43. Beth

    oh lord.. now you’ve done it. I still have 2 pairs of socks in progress…

    must… wait…for … jaywalkers…..

  44. Dove

    Why yes, the blogging world HAS been slow, especially for very low-profile bloggers like me.

    But yes, I do have a pair of Jaywalkers recently completed, and if you like them, feel free to put them in the gallery.

    They are here along with yarn specs.

  45. Mary

    I’m a new sock knitter but I want to knit Jaywalkers sometime in the next 6 mos – 1 year. If I finish them, you’ll definitely be hearing from me! Same goes for Picovoli!

  46. Jennifer

    I’m thinking things are slowing down in the knitblog community due to the beginning of summer. Vacations, end of school, etc. At least I hope so!

  47. Tarilyn

    Ok ok, I am working hard at finishing my second Jaywalker (finished first in December)! I promise to send pics when done! Pooh to blog slump, and there is no knitting slump! My knitting girlfriends and I are making a pilgrimmage from Portland, Maine to your neck of the woods on Saturday for some major yarn acquisition. The three of us knit daily and show no signs of stopping! None of us blog, but maybe someday – we may be silent but we are busy and we read you! Thanks!

  48. sarah

    Jaywalkers are my next project, after I get through this serious Dulaan spree that I am rippin’ on…maybe I’ll make it for #300!

  49. Christina

    I have a pair on the needles for my sister. You’ll get a picture as soon as they’re done. They’re not even finished and they’re gorgeous. Trekking XXL and Jaywalkers: it was meant to be.

  50. Karin

    You are so bad, how could I resist now casting on another pair of socks, in this case Jaywalkers… Not that I already have 2 pairs on the needles.

  51. abi

    Blimey, look at that comment explosion. Is there a closing date? I’m SO slow on the uptake but plan to start making some for neice when I finish her a cardigan. Will that count.

    PS. I made a cardigan with super batwings for publication. Please don’t hate me.

  52. Donna

    You can add mine! They are posted in my blog in the photo album “off the needles,” and in the entry “Jaywalkers, baybee!” Love mine, I’m going to make more.

  53. Trish

    I haven’t finished my Picovoli or started my Jaywalkers (they’re about third on my list), but as soon as I finish them I promise to send a picture.

  54. maryse

    jesus girl — you’ve got 119 comments. isn’t that enough>

    i guess i have to post something really ugly on my end to get you to send me a comment πŸ˜›

  55. Kendra

    I haven’t made my Jaywalkers yet, although they’re on my To Do list. I just haven’t chosen the yarn yet. You’d think that with an entire drawer full of sock yarn, it would be easier to choose, wouldn’t you?

  56. Kim

    Allright.. you’ve got me.. I want sock yarn and if this is how I can get some.. well.. yay! lol.

    As you know I knitted a ‘voli

    My entry is:

    You may use the pictures.

    I don’t know what is up with knit blogging recently.. but whatever it is.. it has gotten me too. Quite sad really. But I’m still reading you! (Obviously.)

    Thanks for the contest.. maybe I’ll actually win this time!

  57. Kim

    I’m knitting as fast as I can on my pair of Jaywalkers. Going on a plane trip this week, so maybe when I get back I’ll have them!

  58. Sue McNamara

    hi kathy:

    I’m working on my first pair of Jaywalkers and I love how they are coming out. I’m using Koigu KPPN and although the gauge seems right they look like they might be saggy. Can you or your band of sockers tell me what their favorite Jaywalker yarn is?


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