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This week’s tip is going to be short and sweet, as I’m preparing to attend a knitting retreat down in Nebraska City. I’m so looking forward to a knitting-filled weekend amidst the fall foliage at the beautiful Lied Lodge! But I digress . . . (ahem!).

You see, after last week’s post it occurred to me that there’s another cool trick involving scales and calculators that I’d like to share with you, which is that it’s entirely possible to weigh a finished project and get a really good idea of how much yarn you used. You might be surprised at how often this nifty trick can come in handy. I know it has for me, especially at the shop where I work. It’s happened before that a client has brought in a project that he or she would like to knit again–maybe in the same yarn, maybe not–but has no idea how much yarn was used to knit said project. Now, the key to this is discovering what yarn was used, but once that’s established, it’s smooth sailing.

So, for example, suppose I knew that my project was knitted from a yarn that came in 50-gram balls. Well, if I weighed the project and found that it weighed 287 grams, I would know that I had used 6 balls to knit it. That’s all there is to it! Armed with that knowledge, I would also be able to calculate how many yards I would need to buy to knit the project again in a different yarn.

Well, that’s all for this week. As I said, it’s been short and sweet, but I hope not without merit. And now I’m off to pack for this weekend!

How about you? Do you ever have to weigh your knitting projects? Please share below!