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Yarn Weights and Book Blues

April 28, 2019

It's been a while!  A lot happened over the winter and I am just now getting back into all the pleasures of life again, writing, knitting and now gardening.


Forensic Knitting, the third book in the Port Oxford cozy mystery series, is taking shape.  However I may have to rename it as Amy, my main character, is pushing the story into a zone I hadn't forseen.  I still plan to release the book this Fall but will have to get my skates on.


In the knitting area I just finished a huge design project and will be set to release it shortly. In the course of designing and knitting I, once again, became frustrated with the way that yarn is catergorized. Fingering, Light Fingering, Sport, DK, Aran - what the heck?  If all those terms were definative, fine.  But they are not.  Gauge is no help.  I'm a loose knitter until I do colourwork and then, look out, I tighten up terribly.


So here are two theories I will think may work though I have yet to do a scientific study- I will though!


1. lay a strand of the yarn next to a needle - when the diameters match then the yarn is given the same sizing as the needle. So I checked and I have a couple of yarns in my stash and even though both are labeled "Fingering" one is a 1mm and the other a 2mm - that is too much of a difference for what is supposed to be the same weight yarn.


2. Mathematically.  Divide the number of meters (or yards) by the weight in grams (or ounces) to get The Ratio (to 5, maybe 6 digits).  Then have categories eg. for fingering the Ratio has to fall between X and Y.  


What do you think?  Am I onto something?

Should I stick to gardening?  My cucumber starts are looking awesome!


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