Dog House Yarns & More

Yarn, gifts, and accessories for the knitter, crocheter, and spinner

We will be using this page of our website to share handy tips that we hope will be of help to you.  Check back often to see what new information we've added.

How Many Yards Do I Need?

     Do you think in terms of yards and ounces and not in meters and grams?  Many of the countries where our favorite yarns come from use the metric system for their calculations.  When you're confronted with a yarn label that says, for example, 425m/100g do you just stare at it, trying to remember how meters and grams compare to the American system of measurement so you'll know if you have enough yarn for your project?

Meters to Yards
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Converting Meters to Yards

      Here's a handy conversion calculator that can help.  Just enter the number of meters in the box and click on the arrow and it will automatically convert the meters to yards. 

Grams to Ounces
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Converting Grams to Ounces

      Here's another handy calculator that will help you convert grams to ounces.  Just enter the number of grams and click on the arrow.  There are 16 ounces in a pound.

If you prefer to do your calculations the old-fashioned way, here are some conversion factors:

To change yards to meters, multiply the number of yards by 0.914.

To change meters to yards, multiply the number of meters by 1.09.

To change grams to ounces, multiply the numbers of grams by 0.035.

To change ounces to grams, multiply the number of ounces by 28.35.

A pound is equal to approximately 454 grams.

Knitting Lace Patterns

     One of our customers came by a few days ago to show us a lace scarf she had been working on about a year ago.  She had pulled the needles out of it and was ready to throw it away because it looked nothing like the one shown on her pattern.  I  told her it was lovely and exactly what it should be like at that stage, and then proceeded to explain the transformation that blocking can make. 

Here's a photo of what she brought with her.  It was rumpled and wrinkled and the sides were curling around the rest of the work.  That's what happens when you knit lace, especially with a lightweight yarn.  I spread the scarf out, explained blocking to her, helped get her stitches back in order so she could go home and re-insert her needles, and we're both looking forward to the finished, blocked scarf.

     Here's a good
how-to article on blocking lace.  You should also learn something about the blocking requirements of the particular fiber(s) that you used in your item.  And, here's a great article on why it's important to use a lifeline in lace knitting.

Lace Scarf Before Blocking
Shawl Before Blocking
Shawl After Blocking
The "before" and "after" shawl in the above photos was knitted by Chan using TOFUtsies from Southwest Traditing Company. And you thought TOFUtsies is just a sock yarn.  Isn't her shawl pretty?