WIP Wednesday: A Never ending Skein?

It’s hard to tell from that horrendous photo that I have finally reached the end of the third skein of yarn. I thought it would never end. Last night as I was yawning and furiously knitting I knew I’d have to write this post today. That’s 750 yards knit. I’m going to start the ribbing at the bottom of the vest turned tunic later today.

I’ve learned a few lessons knitting this project. First, don’t necessarily trust the yardage listed in the pattern and/or on people’s project pages. Sometimes they’re just all the yarn that was bought for the project. Other times it’s just a guess based on gauge math*. Second, weigh the skeins and figure out what you’re starting with. I know I’ve had “heavy” skeins in the past. This is my first time knitting with this yarn. I have no idea how accurate their skeins are. I’m sure they meet the 250 yards but could they have 260 yards or even 270 yards, maybe. Third, I learn this lesson with every project that has a deadline. If you don’t spend time knitting, it doesn’t get done. As the days on the calendar flip past the amount of knitting per day increases if you spend too many days not working on it.

Have you learned some of the same lessons? Has your crafting taught you something recently?

*what a scary phrase! Math frightens some people. Gauge frightens some people. Gauge math sounds like something out of a fiber-craft horror movie.

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13 Responses to WIP Wednesday: A Never ending Skein?

  1. I’ve decided that if it’s a reputable company, they always have more yardage than advertised – it doesn’t look good to have someone come up short if they are counting on a certain number of yards. And I try to not have deadlines – life is too short! The closest I come is Christmas gifts – and if something isn’t finished, they either get an in progress gift, or they get a New Years – or even Valentines Day! gift. This is one stress I can control.

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  2. Laura Kate says:

    Today’s lessons are great little nuggets. I have experienced some of these in my own knitting. Weighing a partially used skein to estimate remaining yardage is one very handy trick. It is accomplished with a pretty easy calculation – call it knitter-friendly math.

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  3. Anne Donovan says:

    Yarn varies so much! I knit fingering weight (4ply in UK) and I’m always amazed by how far some of it goes. I’ve learned that alpaca is usually shorter in length than wool. It seems to take ages to get through a whole ball f some yarns.

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  4. People shouldn’t be afraid of math when knitting. I use my scale frequently, and it has really been helpful when nearing the end.

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  5. It never occurred to me that THEY were wrong. I’m always thinking it was me.

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  6. Mimmy Jain says:

    I prefer to weigh – on a digital kitchen scale. I know my 4mm needles weigh 10 grams each. So if I’m halfway – a cap at the moment – I just weigh how much I’ve knit and how much wool I have left. It’s worked thus far. If it’s not wildly expensive yarn, I buy an extra ball. Of course, that does add to the yarn stash, but I feel safer.

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  7. Alissa Head says:

    Gauge math sounds nerdy to me. It makes me happy.

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  8. LOL! Glad you are making good progress! Gauge math sounds terrible, but it really isn’t 🙂 Oh, I have learned some hard lessons through knitting. Dye lots really ARE a thing, the label isn’t always accurate on yardage, gauge swatches really are a thing – so many lessons 😀

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  9. salpal1 says:

    one of my pet peeves is patterns that just tell you the yardage from the skeins, not the yardage needed in the pattern. How many times I bought a skein of the contrast yarn, only to use a small amount – and discover I could have used a leftover yarn for that. Burns me up! Now that you have knit the thing, will you do the gauge math or weight math to see how much yarn it really used? I would hate you to go through all of this deadline knitting to find you missed the goal or something.

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  10. Stefanie says:

    Yeah, I noticed your first lesson. The yardage listed in a pattern can be generous sometimes. And yes, I’ve had heavier skeins.

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  11. knotfancyknitter says:

    Fiber craft horror movie 😂. Sign me up for that one.

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