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July 18, 2008

Eye Candy Friday: relief edition

I don't think I've ever been as happy as I am right now to see two completed sock toes! Two sock toes which belong to two identical socks, I should add, with a little ball of leftover yarn to boot! I really couldn't stomach another frog-a-thon, so let's hear a big "whew!" for the finished Belle Époques!

As you know, the Maths and I are BFF, and once again I was not disappointed with their powers. Miraculously (or is it, predictably?) all the calculations worked out and I got as much fabric out of the JitterBug skein as I possibly could. The little ball of leftover yarn weighs in at 3.3 grams, and each repeat of the pattern takes 2.8 grams, so I couldn't have squeezed in another repeat (for both socks) even if I wanted to.

Not that I would want to! Currently the socks have 13 repeats each, which is an excellent number in my book. If I added one more, that would make 14, which, naturally, sucks. Not as much as 4 because it's tempered with the goodness of 1, but close. It's weird, I know.

I'll show you just how good 13 looks after the socks are blocked! The stitches are a bit wrinkled from all the frogging, so a long soak is in order. Until then, since it's an Eye Candy Friday post, here's the same photo as above, but with a bit of processing to highlight the gorgeous bursts of red in this colorway:

Posted by Kathy on July 18, 2008 12:57 AM


3.3g...wow! they look great

These socks are absolutely gorgeous. All hail your maths-fu! You've got me seriously craving some Jitterbug in just this colouray - I'm such a sucker for green...

Hoorah for your maths and surgery skills! The socks turned out lovely.

I'm probably the only one in the entire universe who's never had a problem with Jitterbug's yardage. I always have tons left over. (That's probably because I have small feet, but still.)

The socks are gorgeous! I wonder if the LYS carries that colourway...

I used to love math, but when it comes to knitting I throw it all out the window and just knit. I know one day I'll be sorry.

I love the red in those socks, really pretty

Gorgeous - love the way the colors came out!

What loverly socks. The flash of red is so unexpected. ~ksp

Nice sockx! I thought I was the only one who hated the number 4 that much!!! I'm not looking forward to next year when I turn 44!!!

Nice sockx! I thought I was the only one who hated the number 4 that much!!! I'm not looking forward to next year when I turn 44!!!

I love a math nerd. I'm a teacher, so I understand.

How in H E Double Hockey Sticks did you figure out how much a repeat weighs? Did you knit one repeat and weigh the yarn? Do you have one of those super sensitive scales? Or did you weigh the socks with the thirteen repeats, divide that by thirteen, and subtract from the total amount of yarn, minus the amount left over?

Either way, it's lovely. And I dig the photography.

They are magnificent. Congratulations!


Love your combination of math and knitting. I've always said that if you want to be a succesful knitter you have to have a mathematical and geometrical mind, otherwise is a struggle. My mother in law barely reads, but knitts like an angel and without patterns (cables, lace, sweaters,socks, whatever!). Congratulations on your "trece" (13) socks!

Maths and knitting - always a great combo. The socks look wonderful. Well worth the frogging

I have recently discovered the joy of maths & knitting (not that I didn't before), but I'd never weighed the yarn for a repeat, until I was trying to figure out how much yarn it took to knit a repeat on my triangular lace shawl. I wanted to make the shawl as big as possible but not run out. By weighing my remaining yarn before and after a pattern repeat (twice, to be sure, especially since with a top down triangle shawl, the repeat gets a bit better each time, so I had to make sure it wasn't getting a lot bigger as far as yarn requirement, though I was allowing a fudge factor for that...), anyway, it worked out perfectly. Hooray for math and accurate scales!

Yay maths! I'm glad they turned out well, and even with a bit of leftover yarn! I have a pair OTN right now causing me similar worries, although I don't have a scale to weigh yarn, so I'm taking a shot in the dark. I left the first sock unfinished, and hope I can pick back up with any yarn leftover from the second...otherwise it's contrasting toes! ;)

YEAH!!! So glad it all worked as you planned!

Maths and I don't get along :-(

The sock are beautiful! Good job.

How frustrated you must have been. I am impressed by your patience in doing this over to get it right. And get it right you did. The socks are outstanding. Congratulations.

how can I make the Maths be my friend?

i was hoping to see these finished - they look amazing!

Very nice. Thanks for explaining the second photo, I wondered if you had made two pairs of the same socks in different colors with the exact same leftover....it was kind of freaky. LOL!

Congratulations on fixing the socks. They look great already. Yay, maths!

Congratulations on fixing the socks. They look great already. Yay, maths!

Of course you'd think of weighing the leftover yarn and comparing it to a pattern repeat! Funny.

Yes! Woohoo! Success! I love that colorway, too.

Really gorgeous in the end! I'm so glad that you made them work. The colorway is gorgeous, and totally unexpected for me ... the sage green and the red actually remind me a lot of Santa Fe, NM, where I am right now!

Love it when it works!

Whew! You are a genius when it comes to fixing. Thanks a million for the tip on this yarn issue. I've already spread the word to my knitting buddies who purchased this yarn. You did a fantastic job. Wear them well.

Ooh...I love the gray yarn with bits of red.

I'm very impressed with your planning. I must get myself a good reliable scale.

The socks are lovely and that colorway makes me hungry for guacamole and chips. Ole.

Beatiful. And I love that you got the most out of the yarn you had. Can you recommend the scales you use for that degree of accuracy?

Girl I would have been curled in a ball crying! The toes look like they came out fabulous. Can't wait to see them blocked.


So...I guess you won't be having four kids?

The maths triumph again! Love the colorway, which always reminds me of green olives and pimientos each time you've posted pics.

how cum you don't have those dreaded donkey ears on each side of the toes? I always have donkey ears. I tell people it is the latest fad in sock toes. Really, what's the secret...draw pics :)

Hi Kathy, lurker here with a yarn proposition for you. My computer and I are at odds and I have not been able to email you through your blog. Would you please email me so I can email you. If it helps entice you I spun that sock hop yarn you fell in love with.

I totally feel you here. I started my husband a pair of man socks in Jitterbug and after looking at one half of the foot have decided I do not have enough yarn. Luckily, I know where to get more.

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