Spinzilla is here! The spinning frenzy has begun as each team vies for the Golden Niddy Noddy. We’d like to take a few moments to share some of our best methods for measuring handspun yarn during this week’s event; there is sure to be an option listed below which works best for you!
Some common ways of measuring yarn include:
- A Swift or Niddy Noddy which measure by the yard – click here to view our video tutorial on using a Niddy Noddy.
- Using a Yarn Balance – click here for a photo tutorial on our blog archive.
- Using a Yardage Counter – click here to read more on our blog archive.
- Don’t have any of the tools listed above? Find an object you can wind your yarn around (such as a chair back, long piece of cardboard – anything you can easily remove your yarn from once you’re done winding!); measure the distance around the object, then multiply the number of strands to find out the total length of your skein. Click here for an inches-to-yards converter widget to make your measuring easy!
Also, don’t forget that that this year, plying will count towards your total yardage. The formula for calculating your plied yardage is:
plied yardage + [plied yardage x # of plies] = yardage for which you can claim credit
Note: chain plied and navajo plied yarns count as 3-ply.
We’d like to make it easy for our fellow spinners to keep track of their finished Spinzilla skeins by providing some handy free printable labels for your finished handspun yarns! Not only can you view the yardage and number of plies at a glance, which will make it easy to calculate your grand total at the end of Spinzilla, but you can also make note of the tools, settings and fibers you used for future reference!
Join us for the 2014 edition of the Fiber Toys of Christmas
Have you heard about our annual holiday promotion, the 12 Fiber Toys of Christmas? Each Friday, we will feature a favorite fiber toy with a special deal and a chance to win that particular toy (tool). Weekly specials and giveaways will be posted on our Facebook page, Twitter feed, and it will also be included in our newsletter.
These are weekly specials which expire every Friday (when the new one starts), so be sure to check the links above so you don’t miss out!
All the best,
Chris, Nancy, and the entire Woolery team