Friday, February 15, 2008

Another Skein

Another fat skein plyed up. This one is 6 3/4 ounces/92 grams, 316 yards/289 metres of 2 ply pink superwash merino. I spun it from mill ends that I processed on my new drum carder.

I'm beginning to suspect that I am very inaccurate when I measure WPI. Using a WPI tool I estimated this to be between 15 and 17 WPI (it varies a little in thickness), which would make it a fingering weight. However according to my calculations using Spinderella's formula of weight multipled by yardage I get something more in the line of worsted to perhaps even bulky!
I've been knitting a good many years (over 30) and just eye-balling it, I'd say it is somewhere in the neighbourhood of sport to light worsted weight. I guess the true test would be knitting up a swatch......but I don't have time for that right now.

Oh a little additional tidbit of information; This skein was from 8 batts so the batts I made must have weighed less than an ounce each, about 11.5 grams a piece. I wonder if I'm supposed to be making them fatter? To me it seemed that the carder was "full" at that point. If you have an opinion on the matter, please comment. Keep in mind that this is a "fur drum" I'm using and the teeth are shorter and finer than standard drum carders.

If you missed the post about my lovely Christmas present, it's a Patrick Green drum carder, the "Deb's Delicate Deluxe".


Jen said...

I love that skein! It's the exact color of cotton candy. Mmm, mmm!

dragon knitter said...

i was going to say, i can usually get approximately 1 oz batts from eliza's drum carder, but she has a standard cloth on it, so you were probably doing pretty good getting that much!

it's very pretty, though. are you going to make kaylen something ith it?

Rabbitch said...

I think you should send the skein to me, seeing you're so busy, and I can do a swatch and ...

Oh, who am I kidding? I haven't knat much more than an hour a week yet this year, and there's no end in sight to the madness. I'm just trying to steal your yarn.

I was just seduced for a moment by the joyous pinkness.

AlisonH said...

Lovely handspun!