The purple-blue yarn I dyed on Friday night has finished drying, so I wound it into hanks this afternoon and took pictures. I named this one “Blueberry Cobbler”.
I used roughly 400 yards of the merino/mohair blend I recycled from the Ralph Lauren sweater. It is lusciously soft. I need to make something awesome with this yarn.
I was really proud of myself for finally figuring out how to estimate how much yarn I have! Here’s how I did it.
- I took an unused commercially produced hank of yarn known to be 220 yards long and counted the number of loops in the hank. I came up with 127.
- Divide the number of yards by the number of loops: 220 yards divided by 127 loops is close enough to 1.5 yards per loop that I’m calling it good.
- Next step was to put the commercial hank on the swift, raise the umbrella until it’s snug (but not too tight), and mark the position on the shaft.
- Now I can raise the swift to that mark and know that the swift’s circumference is 1.5 yards. I wound my recycled yarn onto the swift, counted the number of loops in the hank, and multiplied it by 1.5 to arrive at an estimate of 400 yards.
Sometimes even I impress myself. Now to find the coolest pattern ever that calls for no more than 400 yards of fingering weight yarn.
By the way, I’m hoping to have a finished object to show off in a few days! The chocolate brown alpaca is knitting up like a dream, so soft and smooshy (ohhhh the smooshy!) but I keep getting distracted by blogging and dyeing – go figure.