I’ve been reading, listening, and looking at knitting and crochet patterns and blogs. At my market stall I keep getting questions regarding the amount of yarn it takes for projects. Oh dear. I’m not nearly far enough in my knitting or crochet to estimate this from my head. I’m also terrible at following patterns. I’m trying to force myself to learn to follow patterns. My projects will turn out much nicer if I follow a pattern. At least once I get an idea of how many stitches to cast on after following a pattern a couple of times then I should be able to improvise from there.
I would imagine it is much like cooking. Follow a recipe a few times and then you can modify it to your tastes. Who am I kidding? I can’t follow recipes either. I’m forever tweaking just one little thing here and there. But I will learn to follow a knitting pattern. I will learn more of the technical side of spinning and knitting. I need to so I can help my customers.
It all boils down to the fact that I am on the hunt for some good guides to estimate yardage requirements. I’m also on the look out for a kitchen/wool scale. I’m really hoping to find a scale I can calculate the tare weight so I can use whatever kind of bowl or dish. This way I don’t have to have separate scales for my kitchen and my wool. Just separate bowls. I know the scales are out there and easily found. It is the amount of money folks want for them that stops me, because of course I have expensive tastes. So, I’ll have to save my pennies and wait until I find a good deal.
Like any good spinner/knitter/fiber junkie I’m always on the lookout for yarn, fiber, and tools of the trade. Someday I should find a better place than my living room for my stuff. Luckily my family supports my fiber habit whole-heartedly. They are all enablers to my fiber habit. It is wonderful.
But back to my main point. I think I may have found some decent guides for yardage estimations. Now I just need to make up some cards/brochures. I think in between the canning and regular place chores that will be my project this week. Our local fiber fair is coming up too. September 14th! I’ll be at market in the morning but that afternoon I get to go out to the fairgrounds and go play. Also, I’m taking a class on dying yarn the day before. I can’t wait.
I’d better get on some of those chores before the day gets away from me. I’m not looking forward to the chicken coop cleaning, and it looks like I need to fix my hot pepper jelly that doesn’t want to set. Dang!