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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

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

14 responses to “Tuesday, September 4, 2007”

  1. Larry says:

    I’m making mine with Jitterbug. It will be as long as the two skeins allow. I have an inaccurate pic on my blog.

  2. Roxanne says:

    Too funny! I was *almost* sucked into the Chevron scarf inertia too but I then opted for a lacy scarf just because I found it quick online and I don’t have the pattern book for the Chevron which would mean ordering and waiting and by the time it got here, the energy would have fizzled. I love the scarf though – sometime soon for me too! :)

  3. liz says:

    Oooo, good idea! I seem to be buying sock yarn at a far greater rate than I knit it, so it’s a good use.

    FYI, the STR is plenty for Sivia Harding’s Diamond Fantasy Shawl. I’ve knit one out of heavyweight and one out of mediumweight. I have had just enough yarn, but even a squeaker counts if you finish!

    And I will proudly admit to watching Beauty and the Geek. It’s a hilarious show and, unlike many shows, is surprisingly gentle with it’s contestants. Most of them really do seem to learn something about themselves. I wouldn’t go so far as to say it’s life changing, but I do get the impression that the contestants are a bit more flexible in their approach to life after the show.

  4. meg says:

    Vive geeks! So much more interesting than the general run of humanity. . .

  5. Wanda says:

    The chevron scarf is really quite fun. You may be sick of it by the time you’re done. But really unless you want it to be hugely long, as the one pictures, you can stop sooner than the 78″ pictured. I used Lorna’s Laces Sportweight yarn and had two skeins of each, but really only used one skein of each and I stopped at 70 inches and I still yarn to spare.

    I wonder how my various skeins of Colinette Jitterbug would look together. Hmm. Do tell of your Jitterbug story!

  6. Bonne Marie says:

    GREAT suggestions! Thanks!

    Funny how one often doesn’t go down the road less traveled until seeing someone else’s vacation pictures…

    I agree with you, Liz. That show seems to just understand where everyone is coming from and doesn’t mock. It just is what it is.

  7. katrog says:

    Ooh-ooh! Weird science is making my head hurt :) I always thought that “Fingering” was one of the broadest categories (worsted seems much more consistent somehow), and now there it is in black and white. Always seems like a crapshoot to start a pair of socks.

    Geek On!


  8. Bonne Marie says:

    Wanda — I just had to go look at your scarf ( — it is GORGEOUS! The thing about this pattern that I find intriguing is the unexpected combinations of unlike/like elements in the two different colourways of the handpaints. Your color choices work very well together.

    Here’s Liz’s Diamond Fantasy Shawl ( in Ruby Slippers — WOW!

    I have to start thinking different here as well. I had not thought about using sock yarn for shawl knitting. WHY does my *yarn reasoning* powers go fluky on yarns with under-DK size. Weird Sciene — oooooh eee ooooooooooooooooooooo.

  9. Karen B. says:

    Thanks for the shout-out, Bonne Marie! My scarf combined Scout’s Swag “Harlot’s Mums” with Sunshine Yarns “Dragonfly” and came out kinda psychedelic and zingy at 70″.

    And yes, many things can sock yarn make!

  10. Angela says:

    Oooh, that Jitterbug! (I *may* have that in my stash, too. Sad thing is I’m not sure!)

  11. Emily says:

    I made a Chevron with STR medium and Koigu (one skein, not 2 like the book said). I think it was about 70″, I just knit til the Koigu ran out. There was a slight difference that was noticeable while I was knitting, but it doesn’t make a difference in the finished scarf. And I have used sock yarn for shawls several times. Even superwash. Koigu, Fleece Artist, and my own dyed.

  12. Mary says:

    Is this what one does when there is no love life? Wait, I can answer that: Yes.

  13. Seanna Lea says:

    I feel like I’ve missed the bandwagon with the Chevron scarf, but I’m happily using leftover skeins of sock yarn to make a Moderne Baby Blanket (so far 1 single skein, 2 leftover skeins, and one skein of yarn that the cat tried to eat). I’m loving it for a blanket, because it feels lightweight and warm. Though if I decide to do another one, I will just go out and buy the skeins of sock yarn I want even though it feels like there is more creativity required in improvising.

  14. Bonne Marie says:

    Band Wagon. Dang, was there a band wagon? I missed it TOO! Hee…

    I love that Mason-Dixon Moderne Blanket

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