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Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Quick Question

for all you sock knitters out there. How do you knit socks from a 100g ball of sock yarn? Do you wind the ball into two separate balls, trying to make each as close to 50g each as you can? Do you just knit one sock at a time straight from the ball?

The reason I'm asking is because I have a 100g ball of Opal Petticoat and I'm trying to figure out the best way to start a pair of socks with it. Dumb, huh? [g] Anyway, love to hear your suggestions.

Keep On Knitting...

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

I get out my handy-dandy kitchen scale, place the ball on it, hook it up to my ball winder, and start winding. When the scale reaches 50g, I stop, cut the yarn, and then wind up the rest. Voila! 2 equal balls. :) In the case of a hank, I had to wind it into 1 ball first, then wind from that ball into the 2 50g balls.
Natalie

Curlie Girl said...

Yeah Natalie! That's what I would do too, except I don't have a ball winder...but I do have a boyfriend who will wind (insert evil laugh)! I would wind and weigh, wind and weigh until I got 50g! Have fun!

Anonymous said...

I love to wind the yarn into one ball and then knit a sock from each end. I do it on two circ., and toe up so that they will be the same length and I get to use all of the yarn.

Melissa said...

I only knit one sock at a time, so I just start from the 100g ball, knit one sock, cut and then start the next one :)

Marlene said...

I prefer to avoid the whole issue by avoiding the 100g balls. If I HAD to use a 100g ball I think I would weigh and divide though. I wouldn't want to risk the dreaded Second Sock Syndrome by trying to knit one at a time. THAT just doesn't work for me.

Toni said...

I do the kitchen scale weigh thing too but have learned to weigh the entire skein before starting. I use Mountain Colors a lot for socks and they're often over the 100g stated on the band.

dragon knitter said...

i have to admit, the only socks i've ever knit were a pair i made with my own hand spun yarn, and christmas stockings out of (gasp) acrylic, but i've heard others say knit until you finish teh first sock, then pull until you match the variation again, and start there. i wouldn't do that though, i like fraternal socks (i used to keep all my white socks ina bin, and hte kids had to grab at will, it worked for a large number of years, lol) and wehre's some pics? (the impatient one strikes again, lol)

Mona strickt said...

Is it a self-patterned sock yarn? I just start at a point that you can easily recognize in another part of the yarn, knit the first sock, then look for the starting spot in the leftover ball. Why winding and separating? Most of the time you don't even use 50 gr for one sock, and so you only have one ball leftover.

But then, I am a very lazy knitter...housekeeper, too, but you didn't want to know about that, did you?

Kat with a K said...

I generally just knit one at a time, right from the ball.

Kat
Kat with a K

c said...

I just knit straight from the ball. I've never used an entire 50g ball for socks though, so I'm not worried about accidentally going over. If I had to make man socks, I'd probably use the kitchen scale to see when I reached the 50g mark. But then I'd have to knit toe-up for that to help me not run out before finishing.

Lorna said...

Seeing as I like fraternal socks, I knit one from the inside of the ball, and one from the outside, toe-up, at the same time. Then I can just stop when I'm running out....