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« on: September 13, 2009 01:14:34 PM »

Okay so I'm mildly confused here.  I want to make a WPI tool.  Here I am searching methods and coming up with things that confuse the snot out of me.  example:  One site says to take a 1/4 dowel and mark 1 inch and wrap.  Next site says take a piece of wood that is one inch tall by 6 or so inches long and mark off 1 inch and wrap.  Now maybe it's just perspective, but would that not yield two different counts? I'd test it out if I had the mats at hand, but my chance of getting to a hardware store is slim atm... Does anyone have a pattern or link to a pattern for one of these?

(and yes, I know a standard ruler would work just fine, but I want to make something perty... cause I'm intoxicated with spining tools to.. not just spinning...)
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« Reply #1 on: September 14, 2009 12:15:37 AM »

It doesn't matter how thick the tool is as long as you are measuring the same distance down; you count the number of wraps you make.  I'm not sure where you're getting confused Smiley

I purchased mine because they're not very expensive at all!  It's got a 1" and 1/2" inch section chinked out into a thin piece of wood (about 1/4" thick).
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« Reply #2 on: September 14, 2009 07:58:03 AM »

i think it would be the way I would see it... it takes more yarn to go around a piece that is say 1 inch by 1 inch by 1/4 inch then it would to go around a piece that is 1 inch by 1/2 inch by 1/4 inch.   But I guess you could probably wrap it around a piece that is a foot by 1 inch by 1/2 inch and get the same amount of wraps in that one inch, right?  I confuse easily.  Especially now that I'm pregnant again...   But I think you cleared it up for me.  it doesn't mater how much yarn you use, it maters how many times the yarn wraps in that one inch.
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« Reply #3 on: September 14, 2009 11:08:34 AM »

I think you've got it, too.  Yes, it takes more LENGTH of yarn if the tool is larger, but the yarn still takes up the same THICKNESS in an inch based on the number of times you wrap around the tool. (I hope that didn't confuse you more XD)
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« Reply #4 on: September 14, 2009 02:35:05 PM »

I get it now Smiley  gonna see what the hubby has laying around to make one Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: February 22, 2012 05:42:45 PM »

I realize this post is kinda "old" now, but I made myself a wpi tool out of an old prepaid card. Its really awesome because its so compact. I like to recycle.
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« Reply #6 on: February 22, 2012 07:34:35 PM »

That is also a great idea!  And recycling is cool Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: March 20, 2012 07:55:32 AM »

I prefer a WPI tool that measures 2" in length instead of one inch. (Wrap for 2", count number of wraps, divide by 2)  I think it gives you a better overall WPI count.

Also, a ruler works just as well as anything!
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« Reply #8 on: March 20, 2012 08:33:54 AM »

I just recieved the latest issue of Spin Off,  and there was an article on the WPI system of measurement.  And if everyone had a stick that weighs 1oz, that they could hang fromt he yarn they are measuring, then the measurement is more accurate, for person to person.  This is a really clever fix, for the problems with this method!
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« Reply #9 on: March 25, 2012 08:12:50 AM »

Ok, I'm curious, what is a WPI and what do you use it for?
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