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Tip of the Day: Deciphering Mystery Skeins

In this video, I walk you through what to do when you have a mystery skein that has lost its ball band. Yes you can eyeball the weight….you can tell the difference between worsted and fingering. But I show you 2 tools that will help you to determine the size and almost more importantly how many yards you have in that little ball.

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  1. Thank you very much for the tip re this yarn gauge–having the grooves seems wonderful and I have ordered one–the name of the Etsy shop is Cottontailfarmva.

    And, I just have to express my frustration with the yarn balance–it is such a great idea, but I can’t find consistency–it seems to me that the length of yarn that it takes to balance should be repeatable, but I have found that, for me, different lengths of the same yarn will achieve balance–maybe I am looking for too high a level of precision.

    1. Interesting observation about the balance. I know that with farm yarns and handspun there would be a great deal of variation. I wonder why there is so much variation other than the wool can be slightly heavier or lighter in a particular section. Now I know to include a caveat.

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