|Buffalo Skies yarn.|
While my mother was visiting I crocheted (by special request) nearly a half-dozen hats for her to wear under her motorcycle helmet. And, I managed to work up a project that I am currently calling "yellow" -- there will be a posting on this project in the future.
|Amish-style swift, made in China.|
And, I got two new toys: an "Amish-style" yarn swift and a food scale (to be used for measuring the weight of my yarn). Plus, hot in the mail today was some yummy buffalo yarn! Mmmmm!
|weighs more than the|
100 grams on the label.
About a month ago I started a discussion on Ravelry about "missing yardage." The topic was brought on by my recent usage of a "yarn meter." The meter was reporting I was off by some 60 to 107 yards per hank. I was in shock at this and wanted to know if others had ever experienced the same results. Fortunately for me, I got a lot of helpful tips:
The first tip was to buy a food scale. I decided on the Cuisinart model ks-55. It normally retails for about $40, but I got it for free utilizing some "cash back bucks" offered through my credit card. Thus far, I really like it. I was advised to weigh the yarn first. The label reads the net weight for my new yarn was 100 grams. I am happy to report that all 3 hanks weighed over the 100 grams benchmark -- without the label.
|questioning the footage|
|using the electric ball winder|
with the new yarn swift.
I was then advised to hand-measure off 10 yards and run it through the meter. I did. I got almost 26 feet -- not the 30 feet I was expecting. (1 yard = 3 feet -or- 10 yards = 30 feet.) So there is a problem with the yarn meter! Oy! The meter was shorting me 4 feet for every 10 yards!
The next step was to find out the intervals for the shorting. I took the 155 yards and divided it by 10 (yards). This gave me 15.5 intervals. I multiplied that by the 4 feet to get 62 feet. I then took the original measurement of 466 feet and added the "missing" 62 feet = 528 feet. Convert that to yards and I got 176!
Yes, I know, the 176 yards is not equal to the 200 on the label, but I do have to account for the dye used in the yarn. The more dye, the heavier the yarn and thus the less footage/yardage for the money. I am much happier with the 176 yardage than the 155 the meter initially reported.
This is a learning process for me. At the very least it reinforces the adage: when in doubt, always buy at least one ball/hank more of the same dye lot than what the pattern calls for. :)