Anyone got any good ideas for all those dibs and dabs of sock yarn I’m accumulating? I rarely use up an entire skein, but I refuse to throw away perfectly good sock yarn!
One idea is to knit little tiny baby socks — or, as Lucy prefers, knit catnip mice from them. Anyone else wanna weight in with ideas?
What kind of scale do you use for weighing yarn? Most of the options I’ve seen (admittedly, I haven’t done that much research) are mind-bogglingly expensive.
I use a cheap little postal scale:
I’ve had it for several years and don’t remember where I got it — but I’m betting you can find something similar at an office supply store.
It’s not very high tech, and it is certainly not accurate to the nth decimal place, but I think it’s good enough for this purpose. I weigh skeins that are marked as weighing a specific weight on it, and the scale reflects that weight accurately.
I know some people who take their yarn to the post office and ask them to weigh it. Now, this wouldn’t be practical if you are attempting to divide one skein into two: “Okay, please weigh it again.” (Wind a few yards.) “Okay, again, please.” Yeah, I can see the people waiting behind you in the line getting cranky.
My post office has a self-service mailing center, with a scale. If it weren’t crowded, you could always try using that!
I am curious as to your experience with the Socks That Rock yarn. It certainly looks gorgeous–I’m hoping that one skein can make two socks since it’s a touch pricey. (This, mind you, said by the girl using Lorna’s Laces but, well, there you go.)
So far, I’m loving it. It is very soft and “sproingy” and a pleasure to knit.
My skein (4.25 ounces) had 325 yards, but since then, they’ve upped the size of their skeins. The yardage on their skeins (which are now 4.5 ounces) is 369 yards.
I’ll get a pair of socks easily out of the smaller skein. They won’t be tall in the leg, but I’ll simply knit until I run out and see what I end up with. I’ve no objection to ankle socks! So . . . stay tuned. 🙂
I’ve finished the foot. See?
And I’ve started a feather and fan pattern for the leg. I think it looks really pretty in this colorway!
can you match the toes for all yarns? or only some are like that?
I generally only try to match when I’m using self-striping yarn. It’s fairly easy to find a beginning point in the yarn when it is uniformly self-striping.
While the Socks That Rock yarn is forming a sort of stripe, I’m not going to try to match them. Randomness can be just as much fun!
Two questions: I feel like the slipped stitches on a sock with a heel flap give it some strength and stability. Do the short rows hold up as well? How do you keep your bind off on the cuff stretchy enough to fit over a foot? Thanks!
I really like the short row heel as it seems to fit my foot better than a heel made the traditional way with gusset. The heels on my handknit socks are holding up just fine, after repeated machine washings.
I’ve made a few pairs of socks with short row heels for The King of All Remote Controls, and all his socks seem to be faring well too. As it happens, I conducted a KOARC sock inspection just last weekend. 😉
For the bind-off, I often use Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Stretchy Sewn Cast-Off.
Ooh, look! My Chibi is ready for St. Patrick’s Day!
Lucy doesn’t seem very impressed, does she?