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10-08-2006, 02:57 PM
:shrug: Hi! I haven't been here in awhile but I hope you won't hold it against me! Last winter I bought this really pretty hand-dyed yarn from a woman who spins her own. It was in a big hank with basically no information and I was stupid enough to only ask about washing instructions. I don't know the amount or the guage. I'm pretty sure there is enough for a pair of socks, but I need to know the guage. Is there a trick to figuring this out?
10-08-2006, 02:59 PM
Knit up a swatch. :shrug:
10-08-2006, 03:13 PM
Yes, no one can tell you precisely what your gauge is going to be, as everybody knits differently, and there really is no way to figure gauge without swatching.
10-08-2006, 04:18 PM
You can also try wraps per inch which will give you a ballpark figure of its weight, approximate gauge, and suggested needles.
Just wrap your yarn around a ruler and see how many times wraps around it takes to make an inch.
10-08-2006, 09:01 PM
Thanks, Kristen. I thought I had seen something like that somewhere before. I know I need to do a swatch but I wanted a jumping off point. That website had lots of useful information. Maybe I can weigh it and find that I have enough for more than a pair of socks. :D
10-08-2006, 09:53 PM
I was told you can double the yarn and stick it in the hole on the needle gage thing. Well I don't know what it'd called.
10-09-2006, 12:42 AM
A needle gauge thingy....
10-09-2006, 04:02 AM
sorry I mean well, but I am new at this to
10-09-2006, 08:33 AM
Don't apologize. We were all new once. And it really is called a needle gauge; I was kidding around a little with the thingy part.
10-09-2006, 08:59 AM
I call it a needle-gauge thingy, too. :teehee:
10-09-2006, 09:28 AM
Goodness, I thought you both just had the same answer to the question. I call it a needles gauge thing, too! And thanks for all of your answers!
10-09-2006, 09:34 AM
No, no, you are all wrong -- the technical term for that needle gauge thingie is a whosamawhatzit! :teehee: