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If you are trying to figure out how much yarn you have, I use a regular kitchen scale set to grams to figure out my yardage. You weigh the yarn and subtract for the cone. Cones usually weigh around 20-35 grams. Then you take the yardage per pound for the yarn in question (it is on my website under every yarn we sell) and multiply it by 2.2 which is the # of lbs in a kilo. For example 10/2 cotton has 4200 yds in it so x 2.2 you get 9240……knock off a decimal point and you have 924 yds. per 100 grams. So, if your kitchen scale said 313 grams, subtract 30ish for the cone, which gives you 283 grams x 924 yds. = 2614 yds. of 10/2 cotton on your cone.

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Do you have an Imperial trained mind? Here’s a little item that Sandra (keeper of the Knowledge Base) wrote in a recent JST newsletter about her stash busting adventure.

How do you find out how many yards you have on part cones in your stash?  Several colours of cottolin have been ageing in place for years, and I decided it was time to do something with them. 


After playing with different graphics and – thanks to the Cone Family – I was able to calculate how much yarn was left on each cone.  In order to do that, I needed to know how much each empty cone or tube weighed, which I found in the above photos.  I weighed each colour and deducted the Imperial weight of the cone from the total.  After checking the JST Cottolin webpage, and confirming that there were 3,000 yards in one lb. of cottolin, the next step was to divide 3,000 by 16 to get the resulting number of yards per ounce – 187.5 yds. 

The green was the colour that concerned me most, so ……

Minus the tube which weighed                             .40 oz

Weight of yarn only                                                2.70 oz

At that point I could convert my green into yardage – 2.70 oz X 187.5 yds. per oz and 506.25 yards of green available for my project!

After discovering the yardage available to me with all the colours and I adapted my graphic to the results. 

My warp was wound (including adding a large cone of “aged” white to the mix) and ready to weave a few tea towels plus a shawl (which will help use up bobbins of silk).  And, I still have enough of the cottolin to mix with cotton in the tea towels.

Ta da!!!!

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