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« on: March 16, 2010 03:51:15 PM »

I made my own WPI (Wraps Per Inch) Tool with Shrinky Dinks!



For those that don't know:  If you want to know the size of a yarn, and the ball band isn't right there with you, you can wrap the yarn around the middle of the tool from one side to the other.  Then count the number of times it's wrapped.  Using the chart below, you can find out what size of yarn you have.  

Ultrafine      (Lace Weight)          = 18 or more WPI
Fine            (Fingering Weight)    = 16 WPI
Medium       (Sport Weight)         = 14 WPI
Heavy         (Worsted Weight)     = 12 WPI
Bulky          (Bulky)                    = 10 WP
Very Bulky   (Extra Bulky)            = 8 or fewer WPI

Also, you can use it to make yarn substitutions in patterns.  If you are a spinner, these are pretty handy for sizing the yarn that you are spinning.

You can read more about how to use it and get the tutorial on how to make it at: http://allthingsshea.blogspot.com/2010/03/diy-wpi-tool-tutorial.html#ixzz0iNm8yc7M





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« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2010 04:42:04 PM »

That's a really neat tool.

Maybe instead of sheep you could write the key information on it for forgetful folks.

But, the sheep are too cute...  Cheesy
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« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2010 05:25:18 PM »

Thanks, I like my little sheep.   Grin

But!  The template is blank, so the forgetful folks can write that info. on it if they choose, or they can add whatever artwork they desire.
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« Reply #3 on: March 16, 2010 08:42:06 PM »

That is SO Cool! And I like the little sheep too. But I am sort of forgetful  Undecided.
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« Reply #4 on: March 17, 2010 04:07:07 AM »

Thats such a clever idea, and those sheep are adorable!!
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« Reply #5 on: March 17, 2010 06:05:47 AM »

Thanks!  Wink 

 I meant to mention also that once it shrinks down, the center is 1 inch wide in both directions.  It can also be attached to your project bag or to a spinning wheel.  I'll be using a keyring on mine and putting it on my wheel.
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« Reply #6 on: March 17, 2010 09:53:38 AM »

I really Like this (in a friend way  Cheesy ). I'm keeping the sheep, because I knew immediately (because of the sheep) that this tool had something to do with fiber  Grin! I'm putting the chart in the center "wrap"y bit, because, even as ancient and forgetful as I am (and I am)..I can remember a number long enough to wrap the yarn around an inch of shrinky-dink!! So for me it will then be the most perfect-est wpi tool I have ever seen!

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« Reply #7 on: March 18, 2010 08:54:52 AM »

which shrink plastic brand did you use?  Different brands can shrink differently, and I would love to make a tool like that too.  Thanks for sharing - I love the sheep too, they look so happy.
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« Reply #8 on: March 18, 2010 09:45:49 AM »

I was thinking of that too... though I do believe that it says on the label the degree at which it shrinks. It would require some math on my part to get it just right I'm afraid... I suck at math Tongue.
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« Reply #9 on: March 18, 2010 12:46:45 PM »

which shrink plastic brand did you use?  Different brands can shrink differently, and I would love to make a tool like that too.  Thanks for sharing - I love the sheep too, they look so happy.

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