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Lady Violet
04-25-2009, 10:20 PM
I'll be ordering some cones of sock yarn to dye up, and it hit me that I'm going to need some way to know how much I'm dying. Duh. Where's the best place to get a yarn meter? I found this one (http://www.knitpicks.com/accessories/Knitting_Yarn_Meter__D80179.html) at Knit Picks. Do you guys know if it's a good one? How's the price ($50)?

knitasha
04-25-2009, 10:51 PM
Fishing supply stores sell line counters that measure fishing line for about $15. Pretty much the same thing.

Lady Violet
04-25-2009, 10:57 PM
Thanks! :happydance:

mullerslanefarm
04-27-2009, 12:52 PM
I weigh the yarn/fiber when calculating how much dye to use.

Doublereeder2
04-27-2009, 09:22 PM
I got a fishing line meter at Bass Pro Shops and built my own, shamelessly copied form the Knitpicks one for less than $15.
You can see the details on my blog on this entry. (http://knittinreed.blogspot.com/2007/01/socks-and-yarn-meters.html)

knitasha
04-28-2009, 11:59 AM
I got a fishing line meter at Bass Pro Shops and built my own, shamelessly copied form the Knitpicks one for less than $15.
You can see the details on my blog on this entry. (http://knittinreed.blogspot.com/2007/01/socks-and-yarn-meters.html)


Good for you. It's perfect.

I feel the same way about knitting bags.
Why pay $150 for something called a knitting bag (and the most expensive name brands all seem to be made of yucky vinyl) when I can get a beautiful tote for less than 1/4 the price and sew a little strap inside as a yarn guide. Since I only carry one project at a time with me, I don't need all the interior pockets for needles and stuff.

My favorite is an LL Bean canvas tote with a zippered top and an outside pocket. Bright yellow with red trim. Comfortable shoulder straps. I tuck a transparent cosmetics bag inside for notions. It's monogrammed with the word "KNIT" on the outside. I think it was about $24. My second favorite is the Daisy bag from KnitPicks (I think Patternworks has it too). Strong, thick, clear plastic with a good zipper and webbing straps. They come in several sizes and are handy for seeing what's inside (or showing off your WIP, as the case may be). They're about $10.

Doublereeder2
04-28-2009, 09:57 PM
I'm a do it yourselfer in many aspects. Maybe that is one reason I like knitting so much. :figureditout:

For measuring length, you could also use a McMorran balance (http://www.knittersreview.com/article_tool.asp?article=/review/profile/050818_b.asp). It really works!

cacunn
05-02-2009, 08:12 PM
I got a fishing line meter at Bass Pro Shops and built my own, shamelessly copied form the Knitpicks one for less than $15.
You can see the details on my blog on this entry. (http://knittinreed.blogspot.com/2007/01/socks-and-yarn-meters.html)

I took my Bass Pro Shop fishing line meter and hook it to the handle of a coffee cup. If necessary I add some fishing weights to the coffee cup.

mullerslanefarm
05-04-2009, 05:27 PM
Yes, the McMorran Balance is very accurate!