Observations From the Last Two Minutes

2 03 2010



The blanket for The Captain is coming along slowly. Very slowly. I have until April, or college. It will get done.  Eventually.


This is the latest spinning project. It’s coming along well.  It actually looks way better than it’s cousin on the left.  The difference?  The diz on the roving before spinning.  I can’t wait to see how it plys.


Finally, this is paco-vicuna, which I found at an alpaca show this past weekend.  It’s exciting when your friends find fiber / animal shows for you to go with and are just as excited to go as you are.



5 10 2009

I have been spinning for about 4 years now. I’ve never been able to really figure out how to estimate yardage based off of weight. The principle just doesn’t make any sense to me. I’ve tried taking my scale and weighing a yard or two and doing the math to estimate the yardage from there, but still I didn’t like the method nor cutting the yarn. Instead I took tape measure and measured out the length of a wrap around my niddy noddy. I would then count how many loops I had in a hank, multiply that by the previous measurement, divide by 12 and then by 3. This method would give me a very rough estimate of the yards, but it was enough to get an idea.

This past weekend a friend of mine offered to assist in my project. This meant, I got to send him links to websites I found that had ideas on them. He would offer his opinion on the matter and I would sort of nod. It worked out well, after all my knowledge of building things with power tools is somewhat limited, although my supervisory experience is exceptional. This is what we ended up with.


I found that my former method of estimating yarn is about 12% – 20% off. I decided to leave the WPI off of the new labels. All in all I am quite pleased with the result.

I Suck At Research

21 09 2009

I’ve been wanting a yarn meter for awhile now.  I mentioned this to a friend of mine, how I thought I could make one cheaper, he agreed and offered his assistance.  I was thrilled.  Today I bought a line counter.  I never bothered reading Ravelry.  I had seen a few of these odometer ideas around but until 30 minutes ago, I didn’t know that the device was a bicycle odometer. Then I saw this idea using a measuring wheel.  I think I’m sold.

Sadly I don’t think that I can return the line counter easily.  We’ll see when it gets here.  What have I learned?  I need to use the vast source of the internet more wisely.  So far this is easily costing me more than it would have been just to pick the darn thing up from KnitPicks in the first place.  How embarrassing.

Now, I just need to talk myself out of buying a drill and find those stupid rubber bracelets I didn’t think I was ever going to use for anything.