My handspun yarn is now dry and has been wound into a handy centre-pull ball, ready for use.
It has been weighed and measured and comes out at about 125g, 353m (386 yards), and 16-18wpi. I’m so happy with this yarn that I may cast on with it this weekend, despite the fact that I have a million and one things to do for Knitting And Crochet Blog Week.
I also have another fun addition to my knitting bag, this one shop-purchased.
I picked this up as soon as I spotted it. It’s an old-style folding ruler. It’s 2 metres/80 inches long and absolutely perfect for blocking. And it’s exactly like one that my grandfather owned for many many years, and that I used to play with whilst he was trying to get on with measuring things.
I was trying to spell out my name for that picture but ran out of ruler lengths. Anyway, I purchased this wooden ruler for the grand sum of £3.99 at Waterstones, so if you have a branch near you it might be worth popping in to pick one up as a handy addition to your craft tools. It gives measurements in both centimetres and inches and has little ridges that lock the sections into place to give a consistently straight line, so you can use it both to measure and to achieve a nice long straight edge on your items as they block.
I love picking up handy little gadgets that I find in shops. They don’t always have to be made for the job that I buy them for, but I’m always on the lookout for a knitterly bargain.