The Corbimite maneuver

Thanks to the two of you who tagged me as a thinking blogger.¬† The only problem is that I certainly don’t post enough, do I?¬† (That’d be for the same reasons resulting in a serious curtailment in knitting quality time.)¬†

I’m glad that some people like to think about knitting and intellectual property at the same time… well, at least once in a while.¬† I have to get other people to do it, because it’s not the sort of thing that can form the basis of a thriving legal practice.

Now, like Carol, I need to reserve the right to add to my list of bloggers who make me think:

  • Kim always writes analytically about knitting, and causes useful information about knitting to be preserved for posterity.
  • We made the decision to homeschool (this is probably the most personal thing I’ve ever posted in this blog; you can only infer that I have children based on my writing), but I’m not the one who’s doing the work or participating in homeschooling communities.¬† But I bookmark and think about Jo’s posts on education.

In the meantime, something to save brainpower, and something to ponder.

First, please play with this yarn count converter and tell me if I’ve messed up anything.¬† It’s a converter/calculator that translates your yarn count (such as 2/3.4 Nm) into a knitter-friendly put-up (metres/yards per 50g/1.75 oz), estimates the gauge, and computes the length of yarn from the mass.¬†

There’s already a handy conversion tool out there for switching between Tex, worsted count, and so forth, but it doesn’t have the most knitter-friendly output.¬† So, after I finished up my cashmere-mill-end-buying-binge, I realized I wanted to have a more convenient conversion tool.¬† And there you go. (The other function I wrote up is an adding machine, which adds up two or more yarn counts and estimates your gauge when you knit with them held together.¬† I need to finish that part and upload it.)

Secondly, something I discovered while I was searching about for DK yarn in just the right shade of red. 

You know this:

This is, of course, the online database run by Yarnmarket, a U.S. retailer.¬† They have a U.S. registered trademark for YARNDEX for use in association with “[p]romoting the goods and services of others by means of operating an on-line shopping mall with links to the retail services of others and providing an on-line computer database featuring trade information in the field of yarn, thread, and floss”.¬†

Now look at this:


The business behind this second link is, a Canadian-based retailer that ships to the U.S.  How long has this site actually been running?  The domain name was registered in August 2005, about six months after Yarndex was launched. 

(The and domains were registered through a provider called Corbimite Web Solutions, hence the title of this post.¬† It’s not because I don’t know how to spell the names of fictional materials in the Star Trek universe.)

In the end, I went with cheap.  KnitPicks Merino Style in Maple Leaf.

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9 Responses to The Corbimite maneuver

  1. Danielle says:

    I was homeschooled through my elementary years, with virtually no curriculum at all. I turned out OK – if you have any questions feel free to ask.

    I’m really enjoying the site but I’m often somewhat over my head – some people think I’m a thinking blogger, but I think I am not quite as thinky as you are =)

  2. emily says:

    oh. Nm = normal metric. Here I was, trying to figure how anyone could measure yarn amounts in newton metres…

  3. Meira says:

    Yeah, you’re definitely one of the thinkiest bloggers out there.

    And I’ll even come out of lurkdom to say that I’m really exciting to find you’re a mom & soon-to-be a fellow homeschooler.

  4. Amie says:

    I found it interesting that the main page of the Canadian site says, “Welcome to Yarndex…” and not, “Welcome to Yarndex For Yarn…” Do a Google search for “yarndex” and you’ll see the US site gets the first two spots while the Canadian site gets the third. Interesting. If I was Yarn Market, I’d be pissed.

  5. Charlotte Q says:

    WOW–what a wonderful yarn-equivalence “calculator”! Most of my yarn is coned millends (2/28), and although I know the conversion factors for plying it up for hand-knitting, this is a great tool to pass along to my friends who aren’t as handy with the math. Many thanks, Jenna!

  6. j. says:

    Only when they’re old enough, provided they still exhibit interest in it…

  7. minnie says:

    homeschooling is so cool! i was actually asked to teach a homeschooling group this fall (to knit!). ought to be interesting. are you going to incorporate knitting into the curriculum?

    and apparently there’s lots of cross-overs like that.

  8. JoVE says:

    Thanks. Glad to be of assistance. Though if I understand correctly your kids are still pretty little which gives you lots of flexibility to just be with them and keep them learning the way they learn. Glad your partner is taking this on (presumably). And one day I’m going to bring my munchkin down to hang with Steph and her munchkins and would be happy to get together for beer (or whatever) and provide moral support.

  9. Steph says:

    You’re the think-i-est knit blogger I know.

    Will go play with your tools instead of doing work now.