Liz R. and Katey both asked how to split a skein of yarn into two balls.
This is how I split a skein of yarn into two equal size balls.
Using my swift and ballwinder, I wind the skein into a ball. (You could also easily do this winding the ball by hand.)
I weigh the skein on the digital scale that the KOARC got me for Christmas. (This is a kitchen scale and the KOARC got it at Linens n’ Things. You can find similar ones at Bed, Bath, and Beyond. Mine is made by Salter and it weighs in both ounces and grams. I set it to grams for yarn weighing duties.)
I start winding a second ball of yarn directly from the first one on my ballwinder, eyeballing it until the ball I’m winding from looks to be about half its original size. Then I put it on the scale and weigh it, while it’s still attached to the new ball I’m winding. If it’s more than half the original weight, I wind off some more. Less than half, I pull some back from the new ball. Lather, rinse, repeat, until the original ball is half its former weight, then cut the yarn.
Take the new ball off the ball winder and then wind the original ball into a new ball. I do this so that all the yarn is wound in the same direction. That way when you knit the socks, you’ll be knitting in the same direction from each skein.
If you don’t have a scale, it is trickier. My advice would be to hand-wind the skein into a ball, that then wind a second ball from the first ball and compare the two balls in size. You could probably get pretty close this way.
I’m intrigued by the garter toe. Is there a similar set of instructions anywhere on the web?
Here is an article in pdf format by Lucy Neatby that discusses garter stitch short row heels. The toe would, of course, be similar.
Even though you don’t pick up the wraps, there are no holes (unless you really stretch the knitted fabric out). Because it is garter stitch, it really squishes together once knit, so that takes care of the holes.
It will be interesting to see how this toe and heel feel when being worn — as well as the ribbing on the sole of the foot. Because the Socks That Rock yarn is lovely and soft, I’m betting it will feel good!
Click the link below to see the completed garter stitch heel.
I know the KOARC often remarks that he likes his handknit socks because the texture of the purl bumps on the inside of them give his feet a little massage.
After dividing into two balls, each ball looks pretty big — I’m betting there will be plenty of yarn to knit a decent size leg to these socks. I wear a size 8.5 shoe and have wide feet, and I have always been able to get a nice length leg on my socks when using Sock That Rock lightweight (360 yards per skein). This sock is knitted in the medium weight, with 380 yards per skein. So much the better!
There was a request in the comments to see what I bought from The Loopy Ewe last week. Here you go:
Clockwise from bottom right, that’s Sweet Georgia sock yarn in three different (unnamed) colorways, 2 colors of Applie Laine Apple Pie (Earthy Delights and Pretty in Pink) and 2 of Perchance to Knit (Breezy and Tartan).
(It’s not all for me!)
And the state of Cromarty:
With a bit of the second sleeve done:
“The time change sucks.”