One of these things… is entirely not like the other!
And sadly, it’s not an optical illusion! Here’s another visual.
The sock on the right, in addition lacking a toe, is about 2″ shorter than the sock on the left!
As I cast-on for the second Belle Époque sock, I noticed that the leftover skein was looking mighty skimpy. Huh, I thought, it’s going to be a tight squeeze! I remembered being warned about the scant yardage of Colinette Jitterbug – 320 yards for a pair of socks… For comparison, Lorna’s Laces spoils me rotten with 430 yards/pair! But it wasn’t until I had fully started the second sock that I finally threw the thing on the scale.
Whaddayouknow… the first, knit with abandon, loving the yarn, better make these generous for grandma, grown-up sized sock had consumed about 60% of the available yardage. And now it… I mean, I, will suffer :(.
The plan is simple: I crunched some numbers and figured out that in order to distribute the yarn equally between the two socks, the first sock had to donate about 3 pattern repeats to the second.
Naturally, this donation will have to come from the cuff of the sock – grandma’s feet are not shrinking in length any time soon! Anklets were not my original intent, but I’m going with it – grandma loves all of her socks equally, there are no favorites (so she tells me).
To cannibalize the yarn, I’m going to thread a length of waste yarn through the round in question, snip above, unravel, re-knit the picot edge (or maybe just graft the original? I haven’t decided), and use whatever is left for the second sock’s toe. I call on the Power of the Maths to make sure the cannibalized amount will be enough!