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KBerry
Gabber Extraordinaire

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Posted - 08/16/2006 :  05:23:38 AM  Show Profile Send KBerry a Private Message
I've been trying very hard to use up some of my stash. I've blended several yarns, and decided on what I thought were some "smaller" projects....tank tops.

But alas, I get 1/2 to 3/4 finished on 2 tops, and not enough yarn. One top, the yarn apparently discontinued and nobody can find, even just alittle. The other, I'm going to have to break the rules and.....buy some more...bummer!

Kristin

"Why is it that dogs get mad when you blow in their faces, but love to ride with their heads out of the window?"

AuntyNin
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USA
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Posted - 08/16/2006 :  07:48:18 AM  Show Profile  Visit AuntyNin's Homepage Send AuntyNin a Private Message
Kristin, a suggestion presented for your consideration...

stripes



AuntyNin

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gwtreece
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Posted - 08/16/2006 :  08:26:59 AM  Show Profile  Send gwtreece a Yahoo! Message Send gwtreece a Private Message
Perfect solution.

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MissMarple
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Posted - 08/17/2006 :  08:05:37 AM  Show Profile Send MissMarple a Private Message
Kristin, a yarn meter, which is just a fishing line counter, might help you determine how many yards of yarn you have. I got mine from Bass Pro Shop. http://www.basspro.com/servlet/catalog.TextId?hvarTextId=36569&hvarTarget=search&cmCat=SearchResults
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gwtreece
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Posted - 08/17/2006 :  08:16:07 AM  Show Profile  Send gwtreece a Yahoo! Message Send gwtreece a Private Message
MissMarple, My husband drags me to Bass Pro on a regular basis. Truth be told there is a yarn store 2 blocks down from the Bass Pro in Springfield, MO and that is the real reason I go. Now I have a reason to actually go into the store.

Wanda
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KBerry
Gabber Extraordinaire

USA
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Posted - 08/19/2006 :  10:45:43 AM  Show Profile Send KBerry a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by MissMarple

Kristin, a yarn meter, which is just a fishing line counter, might help you determine how many yards of yarn you have. I got mine from Bass Pro Shop. http://www.basspro.com/servlet/catalog.TextId?hvarTextId=36569&hvarTarget=search&cmCat=SearchResults




How does it work? I've got some yarn my mom gave me that is wound, but no ball band. I have no idea how much is there ("a couple of balls")

Kristin

"Why is it that dogs get mad when you blow in their faces, but love to ride with their heads out of the window?"
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llinn
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Posted - 08/19/2006 :  1:34:08 PM  Show Profile Send llinn a Private Message
If you know what weight(thickness) it is and how many ounces you have you can guesstimate with average yardages--like 4 ply worsted is usually between 55 and 65 yards per ounce. All cotton is shorter than that though, and some acrylic is longer so it can be pretty iffy.
There is something called a McMorran yarn balance. It's a little plexiglass box with a balance bar. You cut a piece of yarn, hang it over the end and trim length until it balances. Measure the piece in inches and that will tell you how many yards per lb. for that yarn. It works on any yarn or any combination thereof. We've measured multiple stranded yarns with total success. I wore out 3 at the store in 16 years.

You can also buy the yardage meter other posters have mentioned.

Llinn
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