Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Knew Knittin'

I have a ton of things on my must knit list.




This isn't one of them. It is pretty though. Isn't it? It's a little top down sweater for the baby (btw Clara, the baby is now 4 but since she's the youngest she's probably going to be stuck with the title for some time LOL) that I'm working in CTH Potluck Worsted in the Jewels colorway. I cast on Monday evening and this is where I was last night before bed.



This is on the must knit list but isn't going as quickly as the sweater.

It's a Sol Joy sock in the Cold Lagoon colorway. While I'm still absolutely enthralled with this yarn I must admit I don't care for working it on a size 1. I don't think it should be worked on anything smaller than a 2. Maybe even a 3. Ever. Seriously. But since this is an experiment in yardage needed I'm doing it. At least I have an absoutely wonderful yarn to work with.

Speaking of yardage needed, what do you all think is a good yardage amount for a sport weight sock yarn? 310? 350? 400? Leave a note in the comments between now and Friday and tell me what you think the ideal yardage would be and I'll enter you in a drawing for some fabu Sol Joy.

32 comments:

Bridget said...

I have two older sisters, and until the day she died - when I was 32 years old - my mother still referred to me as "the baby"!

I love the sweater colors!

Maia said...

oooh Cold Lagoon is pretty!

For sport weight and my size 11 feet I can make decent sized socks with 260-300 yards, but I will only knit them toe-up (just in case). With 350+ I will knit top down if I feel inclined because I know I have enough.

cmtigger said...

I tend to go for weight over yardage for fingering and sport weight yarns. I prefer at least 4 oz of yarn if I'm making socks from sport or DK weight yarn. To be safe, I'd like 350-400 yards of sport weight, if I had to go by yardage. My feet aren't big, and just for myself I probably could get away with 300 yards, but I like to have left over to make socks for my niece and other baby presents.

Betty said...

I'm not a fan of toe-up and I like to have a bit of leftover for future darning, a small project, or to combine with other leftovers for a wrap or sweater, so I think at least 340-350 yards would make me happy.

Lovs2Knit said...

For me I like to have a little left over so I can knit a pair of socks for my one of my girls. I'd say 350-400 yards is probably a good range for me.

Karen said...

My preference is for at least 350 yards, and 400 yards is the best. If the yardage is around 350, I do the socks toe-up for certain. (If the yarn is expensive, I also do toe-up to use every last inch!)

Anonymous said...

I do socks top down so I would go for the 350 if I didn't want much left over.
Elsie

adrienne said...

i would prefer to have a little too much yarn than just enough...so for
sports-wt, i would like 350-370 yds.
i knit cuff down and nothing makes me more nervous than to get near the toe of the 2nd sock with a very small ball of yarn. this also allows one to knit cables and ripply type socks; both of which eat up yarn!

Beth said...

I won't even bother with a yarn that doesn't have at least 350 yards. I have large-ish feet and I only knit top down and it drives me crazy worrying if I'll run out of yarn. I'd prefer yarn to come in 350 - 400 yard hanks. For sportweight, 375 would certainly be enough.

Tabitha said...

For me the more yardage on a skein the better. That way I have plenty of yarn for the socks no matter what pattern I choose and I have some leftovers to use for accents on other socks or odd ball socks. So I vote for 400 yards.

Mz Mar said...

I'd say at least 350 if not more~~I'm usually ok with that but if I'm making a pair for my friend I'd want more to be safe!
Awesome colors you're using for the baby sweater and socks!

Shelby said...

I think 310 is sufficient, but if you want to go on the safe side, 350 is more than enough.
I love the colors in the sweater! And the sock. I am finishing up a pair of socks on size 1s out of medium weight STR, and they are taking forever too! Lesson learned- use size 2s next time.

Rose said...

My vote is 350-400. Large feet might take up to 400 (my husband has size 13's). My size, med. ladies takes less than 300 because I like shorter leg tops and plain vanilla patterns. Any cabling would need lots more.

Anonymous said...

If it's a put-up for socks, I'd think 400 is a really generous amount. If I were knitting them for myself, 350 would probably do it. That sock yarn is YUMMY. Have to go google it.
Willa Jean
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Merna said...

My socks always weigh a little less than 100 grams, so that's what I look for, not even taking the yardage into consideration. I've been knitting socks for years and that's always worked for me.

That Sol Joy colorway is gorgeous!

Carol said...

In sport weight, I can usually knit get by with 300 yards, though for my husband about 370 makes a pair. For the ideal amount, I'd vote for 400 yards.

Carol
notfromTX@hotmail.com

Susan said...

Having only ever knit 1 1/2 pairs of socks in my life (I'm on the second 1/2 of the second pair now) I have absolutely no idea about yardage/weight. This will have to come though as I have two or three lots of sock yarn here, so will knitting more in the very near future. I think though that I would go with more is better to be on the safe side. I'd rather have too much than not enough.
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Edna said...

I would say 350 yds should make a decent size pair of women's socks. Love your blog. I do enjoy reading it.

staceyk said...

I think 310 is enough. But I don't like my socks very long- I'm short!

Sue Knits 4 Fun said...

I can knit a pair with a little more than 365 yds. How about 400, then we could knit a pair and a spare!

Sheila said...

Don't enter me twice, but I just wanted to add thanks for hosting the generous contest.

Tricia said...

350 would probably be enough. I start to panic when I see the skein start to get too small.

Knitnik said...

350-400 would work well for me - I prefer top down and don't want to worry about running out!

Chelle said...

400 - because I'm still figuring this whole sock knitting thing out, and I always want to make sure there's enough.

grammy326 said...

I prefer the sock yarn in two hanks for one pair of socks (200 yd. each) so I don't have to divide it which I never come up equal with from one big hank. Love your colors. My baby is now 25 years old and she is still my baby.

Bon said...

I'd say that 350 yards would be sufficient for the average socks. By the way--I love the Sol Joy colorways. They are beautiful!
Bonne

Susan said...

I think 375 yds would be plenty for any sock even the bigger sizes. Actually in sport weight 350 should be plenty. Beautiful new color in the Sol Joy.

ikkinlala said...

I have big feet, and I often knit for people with big feet, so I prefer to have at least 350 yds. 370-400 is better - I don't mind having a bit left over.

Diana C. said...

I would say 350 as well.

The Sol Joy colors are gorgeous!

Rachel said...

3rd try.
250 would be the absolute minimum. That would be in the anklet sock range. I agree with the other comments for 400 yds. Kids think it is cool to have sock that match moms so the leftovers go to them.

monica said...

I think 350 should be sufficient but 375 would be nice for that little extra wiggle room.

Elizabeth said...

I prefern 350-400 yards for a pair of socks. I need that much for the big foot people in my life!

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