February 23, 2004

Can't we do it my way?

Question1. How many times do you need to wash your kitchen floor after a "waffle party" for 11 ten year old girls to get all the syrup off it? I keep washing and washing....and it is still sticky enough that I'm worried about the cat adhering to it.

In between pointless floor washings, I started the spinning for the Shetland socks.

welshsockspun

Question 2. Why can't we all agree about some basic principles? I'm not talking the big ones, like politics or world peace...all I want sorted out is yardage on knitting patterns. (That's a lie. I would also really like a word with the screwdriver people, I mean get real - How many kinds of screwdriver does the world really need? Is it not possible that we could get our crap together and agree on one kind of screw? It isn't enough that I have to go looking for my screwdriver, but to need to find the small phillips type screwdriver? It's really unnecessary) I want designers to tell me how many yards/metres they actually used in the pattern.

The pattern for the Welsh Country socks is trying. It says that I need one 100g skein of light and one of dark Brown Sheep Nature Spun 3-ply sport . The pattern even tells me that's about 368 yards of each one. This means that if I sit down at my spinning wheel and spin until I am delirious, and come up with 368 yards each of light and dark I should be fine. No problem.

Question 3. If I spin 368 yards of each one, how much time will I have wasted spinning yarn that I don't need for this project? HA! We don't know do we? No we don't. What I actually need to know for this project is not how much yarn is in the skein, (Although don't get me wrong...that's a good start, I appreciate it) but how much of the skein the designer used. The light is only used for cuff, heel and toe. Is that really going to be 368 yards? I don't think so either. The dark is leg and foot, so it's probably going to take closer to 368. Now I have a choice. I can spin 368 yards of the dark, (that's about 150 yards in the picture) and know that I have enough, or I can spin as I need it, not waste any fleece but drive myself insane by always needing to spin "a little bit more" to finish the socks. (We don't have to discuss how obvious it is which option I'm likely to take.) All I'm saying is that if we knew exactly how many yards the project took, then it would be a lot easier to sub in handspun or leftovers. (I understand that yarn companies don't want to make it easy for me to use other yarn, I'm down with that, but if you are publishing a pattern that's not affiliated with a specific yarn then can't you just do it my way?) I say we revolt. Raise your needles if you are with me! That's right, we need some kind of a petition, an organized effort to force designers to measure yarn. A march and knit-ins. We could boycott yarn companies and then....well, ok. No boycotts, I don't think anybody wants to stop buying yarn and patterns. I'm sorry, I got a little carried away, but couldn't we mention this yardage thing to somebody?
Question 4. Has anybody knit these Welsh Country socks? Can you tell me, did it take all of the skein or was there lots left over?

Posted by Stephanie at February 23, 2004 10:03 AM