Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Weighing in

Kelly's dad rescued this gram scale from a building that was scheduled for demolition--apparently they were just going to leave things in the building when the razed it. Imagine!
Oh, what good use I can put it to! At first it didn't work, but I had plugged it into an extension cord and I've noticed in our old house that some appliances are happier if they are plugged into the wall directly--like my scanner for instance. It worked for the scale, too. We're working on rewiring the house (when I say we, I really mean Kelly and his dad)--so eventually we'll have more reliable electricity.
So, I weighed my bobbins and determined that the bobbin that I thought needed more singles, actually was heavier. Of course, it may not weigh the same as the empty bobbin that I used as the zero. But I did learn that I had divided up the fiber pretty evenly just eyeballing it.
I wrote the weight of the empty bobbin on it and am looking forward to emptying the rest of my bobbins so that I can weigh them. Oh, the simple joys!
And this scale will be so great when I'm making beading kits.

So here are the stats on the yarn I've spun for Kelly's scarf so far:

Started with 247.2 grams of Andretti fine wool from
Spun one small sample of 40 yards at the photo shoot (singles 38 wpi, plied 25 wpi, 6 tpi, 9.4 g).
Split the remaining fiber into 2 sections.

First section: 117.9 grams
First singles bobbin: 35.6 g (fiber only)
Second singles bobbin: 41.3 g (fiber only)
Fiber remaining to spin from first section: 41 g.

Second section: 119.9 g.

Spun on my Lendrum DT at 10:1 ratio.

Beading is happening, too--but at a slower rate because of another weekend of illness--this time a respiratory infection with a high fever. Fortunately (so far) Kelly and I didn't get it, but poor little Hannah was miserable and so none of us slept much. I find I can spin on little sleep, but not bead. I think it has to do with blurry eyes. Hannah's getting better--her cough still sounds bad--but she's happier and has slept three nights in a row which is pure heaven.

My dad's birthday is this Sunday--but despite making a lot of progress on his sweater, I don't think it will be done. I am getting close, though. I just have the Left front to finish and I have a third of it done. Knitting is something that I can do while snuggling a sick kiddo.
Of course, I have to sew the sweater together--we'll see how that goes!
I hope you all are staying healthy and warm.


Mary Timme said...

I know the fuzzy eye feeling and I'm taking a Heart healthy decongestant as well as one for keeping down blood pressure, but I still am fighting off the bit of cold that seems to have attacked this week along with the plumbing problems that even Bell didn't want to touch after wasting $350 of our money. So we did it ourselves and now it all working well. Big balls of sponge like stuff and lint in the sanitary/gas trap. If Bell can't do it I'm glad my sweetie can with my help. Thank Heavens.

Dudleyspinner's Tie Dye Rovings said...

I am excited to see the finished scarf. I think the colors are very masculine. Happy spinning and weaving. Deb