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suziehomemaker
06-01-2007, 03:51 PM
Has anyone purchased a yarn meter? Here's one advertised on Knit Picks:

http://www.knitpicks.com/Yarn+Meter_AD80179.html

$50 is a big chunk of change so I thought I'd see if anyone else has taken the plunge.

I'd like to use it for my handspun yarn but I think it might be good for all of my leftover balls from previous projects. Any good experiences with this? Will it work both on lace weight and super bulky?

kemp
06-01-2007, 03:56 PM
$50 is inexpensive compared to the other ones I have seen. You could try to make one, but when I attempted that (http://www.divaknitting.com/blog/?p=349) it didn't go very well (although I know others have had success).

Silver
06-01-2007, 07:23 PM
Hubby made mine for $12. Get a Shakespeare Line Counter (http://www.basspro.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?storeId=10151&catalogId=10001&langId=-1&partNumber=36569&hvarTarget=search&cmCat=SearchResults), mount in on a little stand thingy and viola.

That $50 one says that they altered their counter specifically for yarn, but I swear, this unaltered one works perfectly. Makes me wonder if they really did alter theirs at all or if they just say that. :think:

knitasha
06-02-2007, 12:20 AM
Fishing line counters apparently do the same job. I'm not sure how well they would work on thick yarn, though. They're about $12 at fishing stores and sporting good sites like Cabela's. There's a good discussion of this subject on another forum -- if I find it again, I'll post a link.

Doublereeder2
06-04-2007, 10:53 AM
I also made one also from that Shakespeare line meter my DH got for me at Bass Pro Shops.

You can see it here:http://knittinreed.blogspot.com/search?q=yarn+meter (Jan 28. I haven't been in love with it - it seems to stop registering or gets hung up somehow. :??

suziehomemaker
06-04-2007, 11:17 AM
Very interesting! My DH is a very talented woodworker so asking him to make me this is definitely possible. My only concern would be that my handspun yarn would get caught up in it somehow since it's designed for fishing line but for $12 it's worth a try!

Doublereeder2
06-05-2007, 09:23 AM
After using my yarn meter, I think I will invest in a McMorran Yarn Balance for about $25. I am not thrilled with how this meter works - I don't know if it is just mine or if they are all squirrelly.

Silver
06-05-2007, 11:50 PM
Very interesting! My DH is a very talented woodworker so asking him to make me this is definitely possible. My only concern would be that my handspun yarn would get caught up in it somehow since it's designed for fishing line but for $12 it's worth a try!
I use mine specifically for measuring my handspuns and have never had a problem with anything catching in it. I can't use it for anything too thick or anything with slubs though, but the same would be true for the $50 yarn meter. But most of my yarns are fine to sportweight anyway. It's pretty accurate too, but you have to understand that measuring yarn like this is only an estimate because the yarn with stretch while running it through. I measure twice, deduct 10 yards from the total, and call it an approximate yardage. :)