I think there's a fine line between a genius idea and a stupid idea.
Sometimes I scare myself. Need a reminder? Check out this dumb move from the archives. You'd think with past experiences and living with my brain for as long as I have and knowing the way it works I'd learn and become very leary of a bright light bulb going off over my head. But nooooo.....
You are not allowed to laugh at me and I will share. I want to knit two socks at once (because I never seem to finish the second sock) using a ball of the Regia I showed you in the last post. The problem is it's one ball. I need two. Normally I'd just remedy this by knitting from both ends of the ball. If I do that with this yarn the stripes will come out vice versa from each other on the sock. Could be an interesting design detail for some but I'm a matchy person and they have to be the same. Just sayin' ;-) (that's for Norma).
So I started thinking about how I could separate the ball into two that are the same size. I thought I could just wind off a ball and weigh it as I go until I get to 75grams on my scale. I thought that wouldn't really work though because you can get a lot of extra yardage in a gram. Okay. Not a lot but I wanted to be more precise.
Light bulb! I'll wind it off on my niddy noddy so I can actually count the wraps! Genius, right? That's what I thought, too, until my arm was about to fall off about halfway through the ball. Stupid. I could have used my skein winder. It would have been quicker and easier.
I used my 1.5 meter Ashford niddy noddy. The yarn band says there's 375 meters in this ball. I counted 226 wraps. I could have counted wrong and be off by a few wraps but I figure that at only 339 meters (and don't even get me started about the knot near the end). That's 36 meters off. Even if I miscounted a couple of wraps, that's a lot of yarn but we'll worry about the difference in yardage later.
Back to my plan. I'll count off half the wraps and put a marker there so that when I'm winding it back into balls off the swift I'll know where to stop. I know. Genius.....
Yea. Not so much. When it's on the niddy noddy... you can't tell exactly which wrap goes in what order, so if I put a marker on wrap number 113, it's not necessarily going to be in the middle of the yardage. In fact, the odds are that it definitely won't be in the middle. ARGH! See? Stupid.
Light bulb! I'll put it on the swift and mark off one spoke so that I can count rotations as I'm winding it off into balls. It may not have been the most efficient way but it only took about 45 minutes (counting taking pictures) and now I can just knit toe up until the yarn is gone. This makes me very happy. I know. You don't have to say it. I've lived with me for 43 years. I know I'm a little tightly wound.
They each weigh 75 grams. Ahh. Perfection. I recounted the yardage. Still came up with 226 wraps. I realize that the yarn company probably had it under tighter tension when they measured it but holy cow!
So now I'll be in a big rush to see what I come with at the end of each sock. Of course, I'll lose a little yardage on one from making the socks start out at the exact same color repeat (again... I know. Just let it go. I can't be changed).
I'll keep you posted.
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