Another part of my ‘get rid of all the scrap yarn I have ever owned, ever’ plan has been accomplished:
I save all the odd bits of yarn after I complete socks and this habit, paired with the great Koigu Mill-Ends Binge of 2008, has left me with lots and lots of little 30g balls of sock yarn. If you, like me, want to get rid of about 200g of awkward amounts of sock yarn, here’s how I did it:
1- Grab enough skeins to equal 200g of yarn and a scale that measures oz. My colors’ weights are as follows, from the top down:
Light Blue (all the blue stripes are from the same skein): 50g
Light Green: 40g
Other Maroon: 30g
Second Green: 30g
Other Brown: 40g
Third Green: 20g
2- Divide all the colors into evenly weighted balls as best you can. I couldn’t really get my weights completely even, so my stripes aren’t always the same width.
3- To make sure you can get equal amounts of sock, if not equal sized stripes, put one ball of each color into two piles: left and right sock. Then, weigh left sock. Then, weigh right sock. Switch the color balls from pile to pile until until both piles weigh the same amount.
4- Knit a toe-up knee sock. I did a short row heel, jogged stripes, and I increased along the back center of the sock when I had to accomodate my calf width.
And, AJD got a pair of Toms. I already have a pair and I love, love, love them. I wear them to work almost every day and they are amazingly comfortable. Plus, as I’m sure you all know, for every pair bought, a pair is donated to a kid in need. Wonderful!
I have to admit I’m surprised that shoes this inexpensive to make (I mean, they are making 2 for the price of 1) would be this comfortable, or last as long as they do. Hm. I kind of want the tweed looking ones now too.