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Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Foofaraw excites Toscana

What kind of person would *experiment* over and over with a simple pattern to obtain a reproducible results? Hint: (knitting) geek.

I love that phrase.

Reproducible results.

As a designer, I’m supposed to be all over that concept and it was incredible to think so-called similar yarns were NOT going to play nice together.

Experiment #1, 2, 3: I started out mixing Koigu with Colinette. Both the tone and yarn size combo flopped, nix nix rip.

The little stats table from yesterday was created and studied. What stood out for me was the similarity in yardage between the STR Lightweight & Jitterbug. I wasn’t too sure about the color combo but knew from past experience a little shell pink might be a very good thing in small quantities.

Into ye olde test tube went a skein of STR “Foofaraw” and the Jitterbug “Toscana”.

It took about two inches to blow up into a very funkified pool so frustrating I had not the will to photograph it. This loss of will has never happened to me before (perhaps because of the Can Do/I WILL Make it Work clause in the Declaration of Geekitude, who knows).

But I tried again, this time draping the color I liked the most in the STR halfway across the midpoint of the scarf, after the border was worked and guesstimated the length needed to center the run by going backwards towards the beginning of the row to start the working yarn from there. This was better for awhile but it also puddled and rebeled. WTF?!!?

Nothing was left to do at this point but to play on the computer (wanted to find out what was wrong with Heath Ledger’s teeth in “the Lords of Dogtown”). Ate a great junk food lunch of pizza and chips because it was Sunday it was sunny and dropping crumbs into one’s keyboard is very lucky. (Ask Bill Gates.)

Sustained by cheese, I went back to the Chevron. This time I pulled out lengths of each yarn and really looked at them.

In common:
yarn diameter
yarn content and finish (scary

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

knitting patterns

You might’ve noticed (although if you’re like me, you won’t admit you watch it) a show called Beauty & the Geek on primetime television.

I like to think the Universe is large enough to allow for this premise to be applied, well, universally elsewhere.


Sock Yarn.

A money pit of sorts for some of us who Just Can’t Say NO.

There are wonderful displays of same all over the Internet and I never tire of looking at their


I’ve even gone so far as to fall off a cliff of sorts one weekend long ago and make a slideshow album of thumbnails to amuse and instruct My Wallet, which sometimes gets confunded. I programmed a Droplet in Photoshop to do all sorts of quantifying adjustments to same and then let it RIP on a folder of pictures.

(Perhaps this makes me a


Maybe not) but when I finished a huge project this weekend, what better way to reward myself than with another huge project.

I have been lusting after the ever popular Chevron Scarf (from Last Minute Knitted Gifts) that’s been gracing everyone’s neck but mine for, hmm, years now! I saw KarenB’s awhile back and the ENVY went sky high.

The only parameter I imposed on my ambition and lust was that I had to find the two colors of yarn needed in my stash. Roni used some Colinette for hers and I knew I could too, easily, because like many of you, my proverbial *** was caught in the one skein wringer that is Jitterbug.

I’ll save that story for another day.

Well, sorting through the Sock Yarn Stash is always a happy browse but to my incredible surprise, once I started auditioning the stuff together, Mr. (Weird)Science sucked all the air out of the room. Even though the MSRG (manufacturer’s suggested ridikulus gauge) was given as fingering weight, the discrepancies between them was rather startling.

No problem.

I am a Geek. Hear me Roar.

Here’s my list of label stats of candidates, with extrapolated maths to get the goods, but hey, I’m on a mission. No sacrifice is too small…

Koigu KPPM

175 yds 50 g

350 yds per 100 g

Claudia Hand Paints

180 yds 50 g

360 yds per 100 g

Socks That Rock Lightweight

360 yds per 4.5 oz

280 yds per 100 g

Socks That Rock Mediumweight

380 yds per 5.5 oz

242 yds per 100 g


267 m per 100g

292 yds per 100 g

++++++++++++++++++++++++++ be continued

Monday, September 3, 2007

  Monday Morning Mirth  

HEEheeHEEheeHEE haw…

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