Lately I have taken to weighing my yarn.
The last few designs I have done, I’ve knit according to the weight of the skein. This takes a lot of the guesswork and anxiety out of the process: Will I have enough yarn? Won’t I have enough yarn?
Aside: If you seem to be running short of yarn as you near the end of a project, do you find yourself knitting faster, as if that will magically cause there to be enough yarn to finish?
So in the past couple of shawlette/wrap patterns I’ve released I’ve offered instructions for knitting according to number of rows and repeats, and knitting according to the weight of your skein.
So, obviously, I have a scale in my possession.
Actually, I have two.I have been using a kitchen scale for yarn weighing for several years. This scale.
It measures to the half gram, and the unit of measure can be switched to ounces, so it is useful for weighing items I am mailing as well. You can weigh up to 11 pounds on this baby.
Since I have been knitting items by weight, and I take my knitting with me wherever I go, I recently realized that a portable scale would be a handy thing to have. I shopped around and decided on this one.
It’s tiny — about the size of a deck of cards.
The cover pops off and becomes a tray to hold small items to be weighed.
You can weigh to one-tenth of a gram and it has 6 different weighing modes (including ounces).
You can use it to weigh up to 500 grams, and the scale came with a 100-gram weight you can use to calibrate it.
It’s great to tuck in my knitting bag to take along!
And as you can see, I currently have 61.5 grams left of the skein of yarn I am knitting from.
In other news, today Basil found a friend in a parking lot.
And Lucy wishes one and all a good weekend!