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Tuesday, September 4, 2007

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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

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