Thursday, June 19, 2014

How much yarn do I need?

We only have 11 days left to finish Auburn Wave. What are the prizes? We will be drawing for two. Everyone who finishes will have their name put in a draw.

Two skeins - your choice of colour - Rowan Fine Art.

Two skeins of Mrs. Crosby Train Case in Red King Radish.

Train Case is 55% superwash merino, 15% nylon and 30% Outlast.

Both yarns are fingering weight. You can make another Auburn Wave or try a different shawl.

The Tent Sale is coming up and there is a common question at the sale.

'How much yarn do I need?'

There is a great app that you can download on your phone to help you with this.

Ann Budd's Knit Handy
Knit Handy helps you quickly determine exactly how much yarn you need for your next knitting project. Ann Budd, expert knitter, has transformed her successful Knitter’s Handy Guide to Yarn Requirements (Interweave) into the perfect app for knitters of all skill levels. This visual tool explores the yardage requirements for eight of the most popular knitted items: sweaters, vests, mittens, gloves, socks, scarves, tams, and hats. Knit Handy shows all sizes ranging from baby or toddler to large adult, and for multiple gauges from fine to bulk yarns. You’ll want this app any time you’re buying yarn—always! It’s the best go-everywhere accessory for knitters.
Purchase on iTunes

If you've been to the sale you know that it can be really busy. I wish we could but we can't go through your patterns with you and figure out how much of a certain yarn you need to go with that pattern. Now you can use the app for a guide. I suggest that you always buy an extra ball. Just in case. You would be shocked at how many people come to us 2 or 3 or 6 years after the sale and are short of yarn. The yarn at the sale is sometimes discontinued. We can't get any more.

So you came to the sale and bought 15 balls of Noro Kogarashi but now don't know what to do with it.
Check out Ravelry.

Go to yarn and type in Kogarashi

This will come up

Click on 834 projects. You will see what others have used the yarn for.

Maybe you want to make a cardigan so you don't want to look at hats and scarves. You can filter out projects too. Click on Filter these projects and this screen comes up. Choose Pattern Category and keep clicking to narrow your search.

Remember, Ravelry is your friend!


Wanderingcatstudio said...

Ooh - that Fine Art looks divine!

Sue said...

Knit Handy for Android here:

Excellent tip. Thank you!