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KnitRedSox
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Posted - 11/16/2005 :  07:53:42 AM  Show Profile Send KnitRedSox a Private Message
Hi all,
Just wondering how (or if) you all weigh your fiber. Do you use a scale, do you eye it? I am seriously considering buying a scale but don't know where to start to look and wonder if anyone has ideas. I consider it an investment of sorts because I lose a lot of yarn I've spun. The bobbins will look equally full to me, but when I ply one has significantly more yarn than the other and it's more time-consuming to ply the left over singles. I've been eyeing the fiber to this point... i.e. if I have a pound of commercial top I'll split it at the half-way point (for 8oz), and then again for 4oz and 2oz etc. But I have some camel down where that technique won't work. And if the slivers are different diameters for different fibers, it won't work either. Any suggestions? What do you use?
Thanks in advance.

RoseByAny
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Posted - 11/16/2005 :  08:09:32 AM  Show Profile  Visit RoseByAny's Homepage Send RoseByAny a Private Message
I have a little kitchen scale. I don't trust my eyeballing skills at all.

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Vanadia
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Posted - 11/16/2005 :  08:13:16 AM  Show Profile Send Vanadia a Private Message
Murphy's law states that you will never end up with equal amounts on two bobbins :-)
However, I use my kitchen scale to weigh out equal amounts of fiber. I put the fiber in a bowl, easier to handle. It is digital scale with both g and oz, precision 2 g (approx 1/14 oz).
If you want a 3 ply yarn navajoplying may be an option.
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jaymeKnits
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Posted - 11/16/2005 :  08:19:52 AM  Show Profile  Send jaymeKnits a Yahoo! Message Send jaymeKnits a Private Message
Fiber has a lot of air so eyeballing can be very misleading. I would get a digital scale. Either a kitchen one or a postal Scale. I have a postal scale that I got a Staples I think but any office supply store should have them.

Digital is best since the outhers have springs that will loose accuracy over time. Also get one that has a tare button. I will put an empty bobbin on, hit tare which makes it treat the bobbins weight as 0. Then when I measure a full bobbin I can see how much the yarn on the bobbin weighs without the bobbin.

Another idea is to ply from both ends of a center pull ball. This obviously won't work for all things but it will use all of the spun single to get a 2 ply.

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yarnlover
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Posted - 11/16/2005 :  09:01:21 AM  Show Profile Send yarnlover a Private Message
Even if I carefully weigh, I don't think I have ever finished plying with both bobbins empty. My spinning is pretty consistent, but not perfect, so there is always some difference.

I've learned that when I ply the left-overs together, I usually get an interesting yarn, small quantity, that can be used as a trim on something. In fact I did just that this morning to empty two bobbins as I am ready to start another wool on the wheel. It always surprises me how this left-over yarn turns out so interesting, regardless of the colors. So now I don't measure but just ply my left-overs.

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Lissa
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Posted - 11/16/2005 :  09:01:31 AM  Show Profile  Visit Lissa's Homepage Send Lissa a Private Message
Keep in mind, however, that unless you are RoboSpinner, even two bobbins with the same weight of yarn on them won't be exactly the same length (which is the problem you're actually dealing with, because grist affects length. We've all learned to deal with it, either by winding the bobbins into center-pull balls and plying from both ends, by plying traditionally, then plying only the left-over yarn in a center-pull ball, or by Navaho plying.

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Lanea
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Posted - 11/16/2005 :  09:15:35 AM  Show Profile  Visit Lanea's Homepage Send Lanea a Private Message
I have a digital scale too, and I love it (this one: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0000YWUY0/002-4805058-6827200?v=glance&n=284507&n=1000&s=kitchen&v=glance). If you're shopping for scales, make sure you get one that you can zero, so that if you want to measure a bobbin with yarn on it or a bowl with fiber in it you can. I'd also recommend one that measures in both English and metric.

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KnitRedSox
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Posted - 11/16/2005 :  10:11:20 AM  Show Profile Send KnitRedSox a Private Message
Thanks for your input everyone. I know I'll never empty bobbins at the same lengths due to variations in spinning, but I've had significant yardage left over so I think a scale is definitely in order. I like the idea of using the yarn for odd balls. So far, I've plied my leftovers together to create some funky stuff... but I rather it went towards what I am making...

Thanks for the suggestions on specific scales as well.
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Valk_scot
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Posted - 11/16/2005 :  10:26:39 AM  Show Profile Send Valk_scot a Private Message
A set of digital scales is useful for blending fibres as well. You can weigh out 15g merino + 10g silk or whatever accurately, and also be fairly sure of being able to replicate the blend if you need more.

Val.

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kitkatknit
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Posted - 12/27/2005 :  3:40:45 PM  Show Profile  Visit kitkatknit's Homepage Send kitkatknit a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by yarnlover

I don't think I have ever finished plying with both bobbins empty. My spinning is pretty consistent, but not perfect, so there is always some difference.

Somehow I lucked out at 11:43pm last night. 2-plyed some merino and my bobbin #1 ran out 27 inches before bobbin #2. That was just eyeballing the 4oz of roving when I started and pulling it apart where I thought was about middle. Bet I couldn't do that again!! It's resting for the day on the bobbin before I skein it and wash it.

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truly violet
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Posted - 12/27/2005 :  4:07:43 PM  Show Profile  Visit truly violet's Homepage Send truly violet a Private Message
i use my lotion scale .....
and weigh it in oz.

vi

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except I will finally be at my goal weight...vi
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yarnlover
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Posted - 12/27/2005 :  4:34:15 PM  Show Profile Send yarnlover a Private Message
kitkatknit,

I'm impressed

The closest I've ever come as far as an even length on two bobbins is probably 6-8 yards difference. But now I don't try to match the yardage because I've gotten such neat little skeins by plying the left-overs. This odd-ball yarn makes good trim on hats and mittens.

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Destiny
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Posted - 12/27/2005 :  5:02:54 PM  Show Profile  Visit Destiny's Homepage  Send Destiny a Yahoo! Message Send Destiny a Private Message
I am useing all my odd ball yarn and beginner funky stuff to make a bag.
THe bag I will use to keep the next set of leftovers from my stash:)
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