On the needles…and off again

scarf.jpgAbout two weeks ago, Barnes and Noble’s online store had a brief sale on their edition of the recently published Sock Yarn One-Skein Wonders: 101 Patterns That Go Way Beyond Socks! (Note: The B&N edition has five extra patterns. If you don’t manage to get this version of the book, don’t sweat it–the bonus patterns aren’t that thrilling.) A flurry of e-mails passed among members of my knitting group that evening, and the upshot is that one of my friends kindly ordered an extra copy of this book, which I got for the great price of $2.99.


A week later I saw her and swapped three bucks for the book. I’m still feeling a bit traumatized after the latest Exploding Sock Event, and since nearly all of my sock-yarn stash is 100% wool, I was hopeful that I’d find a nice not-sock project for that fiber in this book.


And I did! The lovely Ericka scarf fit the bill! It has a simple, easy-to-remember stitch pattern. Paired with some Socks that Rock yarn, it made for a very lovely, drapey scarf indeed.




And then I got to That Point. You know the one: the “am I going to have enough yarn for this?” point. I put the rest of the ball on our kitchen scale and discovered that I had just a little over half of it left…and my scarf was only twenty inches long. I am not a fan of short scarves–this sucker had to be sixty inches long or else.


Looking at the pattern again, I see where I went wrong. The pattern calls for 100g ball with something like 450 yards. I had checked the weight of my Socks that Rock (100g! Hooray! It matches!) but neglected to check its yardage, which is not even 350 yards. Crap.


So I took a little trip to Frogville. Now I’m trying to figure out what else to do with this yarn (which handles beautifully and doesn’t do any weird pooling). Suggestions?

5 Responses to “On the needles…and off again”

  1. ariannaon 06 Dec 2010 at 2:59 pm

    Gorgeous scarf! I’m disappointed for you that it didn’t work out…and yes. I’ve been there. :)

    I can’t think of anything off the top of my head because I’m a sock addict myself, but I’m certain I’ve done other projects which might work well with this yarn, such as gloves or mittens. Hmm. I LOVE STR. I’m sure you’ll find the perfect thing for it!

  2. Marshaon 07 Dec 2010 at 12:06 pm

    @Arianna: Do you have any special tips for avoiding Exploding Socks when using 100% wool yarn? This STR stuff is NICE, and I’d love to use it for socks, but not if they are going to fall apart.

  3. JDon 12 Dec 2010 at 3:33 am

    Can you adapt the pattern to make it into a cowl? It’s so pretty!

  4. Chrison 16 Dec 2010 at 7:40 pm

    Dang, what a great price for that book!

    STR makes great socks – just make sure you knit at a really solid gauge – that’s the best way to prevent wear.

  5. Marshaon 16 Dec 2010 at 8:13 pm

    @JD: That’s an idea, though since I’m not much of a cowl person it would have to be a gift for someone.
    @Chris: By “a really solid gauge” do you mean “tight”?