Friday, December 14, 2007

Can she do it?

I've been plugging away at MIL's christmas socks, which I'm making using Colinette Jitterbug. Having read on Ravelry and elsewhere about various issues people have with the Jitterbug (mainly about knots in the skein, yarn bleeding and/or quite short yardage), I was a bit concerned I wouldn't have enough yarn to finish the pair.

So I've been carefully weighing the ball as I knit through the first sock - at the end of the leg, after the heel and gussets, before I got to the toe shaping. And I wasn't sure I'd make it, I had almost decided to buy a second skein for the second sock. And then I finished sock 1, weighed the ball, and found this:
And then I weighed the sock, and found this:Huge sigh of relief!! I should be able to finish sock 2 with 2-4 grams of yarn to spare - woo hoo! And so far, no knots in the yarn (and I didn't notice any while winding the skein, so fingers crossed!). I am expecting some bleeding when I wash the socks, as if I knit for a fair while on these they do stain my fingers, but I can live with that (and will warn the MIL as well!). Fortunately am using the KP metal dpns, so no green sticks!

13 comments:

amy said...

I love love love my digital scale, for just that reason. They look all nice & cably, those socks!

Bells said...

All hail our beloved crack scales! What would we do without them?

Nora said...

Huge sigh of relief from me too [when I saw that 48 come up]!

Nora

Ann said...

I wear Size 6 shoes & had knitted a pair of socks with Jitterbug & had more than enough yarn. I was lucky too as my Jitterbug had no knots & did not bleed on my bamboo dpns. Good luck on your 2nd sock - love the colors.

MadMad said...

Oh, I just hate knitting when you think you might be running out of yarn... it's the worst! What a huge sigh of relief! (And they look great, too!)

Diana said...

Knots and yarns shortage is about as bad as it gets!! Hope you get sock #2 done without a hitch.

Queen of the froggers said...

Thats a relief! I must get some scales likethat, theylook so useful for those worrying moments!

knitnthings said...

Yea!!! I've used collinete and not had any problems either. Guess it's the luck of the draw :)

Em said...

I hope the second sock goes as smoothly for you. I'll distract the knitting gods and work on my Conwy this weekend to give you a chance to get started.

Donna Lee said...

I have to get one of those scales. I have second-sock-yarn-anxiety quite often. Especially if it is yarn I am not familiar with. I love that pattern. They seem to just fly off the needles and make great socks.

Snoozen said...

They look great to me. Fingers crossed there is a positive result. I am sured MIL will love them.

Michele said...

the sock looks great. but the real love with this post is that amazing digital scale. i really need to get one of those.

del said...

How high tech of you! Awesome. Usually, I just bite my nails & hope I have enough yarn as I don't have a scale, lol.