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Posted - 12/01/2005 :  08:10:25 AM  Show Profile  Visit knittertoo's Homepage Send knittertoo a Private Message
I am trying to figure out which item would best give me WPI - here are the three options:
1) A spinners control card (has different thicknesses of singles printed on a plastic card for even spinning
2) A wooden measure w/ a notch
3) A WPI stick

Any help would be greatly appreciated!


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Posted - 12/01/2005 :  08:40:21 AM  Show Profile Send Calamintha a Private Message
If you look down at the very bottom of this page:

there are some directions for measuring wpi. They suggest using a large wooden needle or ruler.
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New Pal

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Posted - 12/01/2005 :  09:54:56 AM  Show Profile  Visit tortadetortuga's Homepage Send tortadetortuga a Private Message
A wpi tool is easily made with a thick dowel, or a notched wooden ruler, even a pencil with inch hashmarks on it will work.

Those other items are just nice to have being ready-made, but you can get the job done with a handmade wpi gauge just as well.

The spinners control card is a neat little reference, but not the most straightforward wpi tool. I do kind of want one though ;).

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Posted - 12/01/2005 :  11:41:06 AM  Show Profile  Visit pjkite's Homepage  Send pjkite a Yahoo! Message Send pjkite a Private Message
I used a school ruler forever, until I was gifted with a combination wpi/diz tool. It did the job. I've also used a folded index card - the ones with the grid.

Pamela Kite
East Tennessee

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Posted - 12/01/2005 :  11:43:51 AM  Show Profile  Visit RoseByAny's Homepage Send RoseByAny a Private Message
What gives you the best wpi is consistancy in spinning and wrapping, not what you wrap it around.

"Choose your friends by their character and your socks by their color. Choosing your socks by their character makes no sense, and choosing your friends by their color is unthinkable."
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Posted - 12/02/2005 :  8:30:40 PM  Show Profile  Visit RobA's Homepage Send RobA a Private Message
I was looking through the house for a ruler, when I realized that my Skacel knitting needle gauge also has a 2-inch cut out for measuring stitch gauge. I wrapped the yarn around the needle gauge and was able to get a count of wpi across two inches.

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Posted - 12/03/2005 :  3:44:21 PM  Show Profile Send pugsweater a Private Message
which gives you a better average...hmmmm...clever

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