A common problem frequently faced by yarnaholics is picking through our extensive stash and finding skeins, hanks, cones or balls of yarn that have no label. How many yards do we have to work with? Do we have enough to make a hat? a small sweater? a large sweater? a pair of socks? This is where the McMorran Yarn Balance comes in handy.
(And in case you’re wondering, it’s named for its creator, H. McMorran, a former lecturer in textile testing at the Scottish College of Textiles in Galashiels, Scotland.)
This yarn balance consists of only a few parts and is simple to use! As explained on the McMorran Yarn Balance website:
The McMorran Yarn Balance is almost completely assembled “out of the box”.
- Simply remove the balance arm (1) and pivot (2).
- Place the pivot through the small hole in the balance arm (3).
- Place the pivot, with the “V” (4) in the balance arm facing up.
- Make sure the balance arm is clear of the side of the slot (5).
TO USE/MEASURE (US/pounds per yard):
Place yarn (6) in the V (4) of the balance arm.
Add/snip yarn until the balance arm is horizontal.
Remove from balance arm & measure the length.
Measure the total length in inches.
Multiply inches (including fractions) by 100. The product is the approximate Yards Per Pound. (For example, if length = 6.5 inches, then 6.5 x 100 =650 yards, the approximate Yards Per Pound of your mystery yarn.)
If you’d like a print out of instructions on its use, see Apple Lee Farm’s. If you’d like more pictures of the yarn balance, see All Fiber Arts. If you’d like to see a video explaining/demonstrating its use, watch Spinning with PattyAnne.