Are You Up To Scale?

There is one tool a serious knitter (ha, definition is up to you) needs, at least in my opinion. Next to needles, scissors, tapestry needles, stitch markers, stitch holders, needle stoppers…I do think you should have a digital scale.

Questions like

“Do I have enough”?

“How much yardage is left?”

“Is this about half a skein?”

can easily be answered by, which you might have guessed by now, weighing the respective yarn in offense.

After establishing the weight there might be some math to do to figure out the yardage, however, if all you need to know if there’s half a skein left, weighing is enough.

To find out how many balls/skein were used for a certain project and you never wrote that down, weigh your project.

This is such a straightforward method that it often gets overlooked. Well, not anymore.

If you feel like you want to get a scale, look for one with 1 gram increments (digital kitchen scales, total weight is usually around 5 – 5.5 kg). You can buy one with 0.5, 0.2 or even 0.1 increments (those are usually the ones used in laboratories, or ‘mini’-scales and the total weight is lower) – to find out as accurately as possible how much yarn is left. And, because I know you are going to want to know: my scale measures in 1 gram increments, as does the one in the store.

Here is where I bought mine. This is also a nice one (mine is not as sleek!) They are readily available anywhere, I propose to get the one you like best and suits your budget.

Once you start using it, you’ll ask yourself how you ever did without.

Happy Knitting, as ever!

- Mona

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7 responses to Are You Up To Scale?

  1. Christina Tibblin

    I have been receiving emails requesting I accept receiving emails from many companies given the new spam email laws coming into place July 1. I just wanted to let you know that I definitely want to receive yours. I look forward to them!

    Thanks

    From: espacetricot Reply-To: espacetricot Date: Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 2:16 PM To: Christina Tibblin Subject: [New post] Are You Up To Scale?

    WordPress.com Mona posted: “There is one tool a serious knitter (ha, definition is up to you) needs, at least in my opinion. Next to needles, scissors, tapestry needles, stitch markers, stitch holders, needle stoppers…I do think you should have a digital scale.Questions like”Do I “

  2. Susan

    Thank you very much-there are masny nice scales here. I have used a kitchen scale for many years. Does this company ship to the United States?

    • Mona – Author

      Hello Susan,

      Canadianweigh ships internationally and Newegg has a .com site for you.

      Best,
      Mona

      • Susan

        Dear Mona,
        Thank you very much. Canadianweigh has the best selection of scales I have ever seen.
        Susan

  3. Barb

    Through the links of other blogs, I just “discovered” your site and it is so wonderful! I do have a question for you:

    I was looking at your free patterns and I’m in love with the Ombré Tank. Could you tell me which colors of Tsumugi Silk were used in that tank? It’s very hard to tell in the choices on screen.

    Also, do you ship to the US?

    Thank you so much for your help, I truly appreciate it.

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