This is how bad it has gotten: I see that I'm about to do something potentially stupid, so I go get the camera to document said potential stupidity on this blog.
Getting a knitting project ready for vacation, I found this great pattern: Windward
It calls for 560 yards of fingering weight yarn. Of course, I only have balls of fingering weight that add up to 450 or so, which is the typical amount for a pair of socks or a small shawl, which is why I only have one ball of each. However, I did find a great big skein of 1120 yards of fingering weight, way in the back of a cube.
After hemming and hawing... "Do I want to break up this skein?" "what if I find a project that needs 1120yards?" "Yes, I know you bought this 4 years ago, and haven't found a project yet, but you just never know.".... I decided to split the skein in half, figuring 650 yards for each of two projects was still a lot of yardage. Plus I'd have some leftover from one half since this project only uses 560.
So, onto the swift I pop the skein and start winding. Aha. You've probably already seen the problem.
The next logical (?) idea was to take the skein off the swift when I thought I was halfway, and weigh it. The potentially disastrous problem with this is the skein becoming horrendously tangled, requiring hours (trust me, I've done it) of un-tangling. Once you put it on the swift and cut the ties that keep it neatly in a skein, you really should just wind the whole thing. And no, I couldn't take the ball off the ball winder, as I would never get it back on to resume winding because the center would collapse. So I decided to semi-tie it again to help keep in in place....
Which led me to the label to see how much the whole skein weighed:
So, I did some math. A typical ball of fingering weight sock yarn is about 400-ish yards and weighs 100grams. So, given that this ball of yarn was 1120 yards, which is approximately three times a typical ball of fingering weight, I deduced that this skein started out at 300 grams. Half would be 150 grams. Good. I could move on.
This meant that the yarn already on the ball winder was approximately 130 grams and I needed to wind off 20 more grams to get each side to be 150 grams. My next attempt at weighing the skein?:
So, that left the rest of the second ball weighing: