I have previously not had much experience working with hanks of yarn, but was recently asked to knit a jacket for a friend’s little girl. She followed my suggestion that she check out the range available at The Wool Company. I really love their yarns and the fact that they are high quality and locally made. The wool she chose comes in 200g hanks.
My original plan for winding the wool into balls was to use one of the dining room chairs but then I decided to try something else. The back of the chair was not quite the right width and was a bit high for me to work with. It occurred to me that one of the back cushions off my sofa might be more suitable and it was. The cushion was just the right size and it was easy to move around too.
As I started winding the wool I started wondering about how I was going to get an idea of how much I was using as I was knitting the garment. I came up with the idea of using the kitchen scales. After winding the wool until I got to 25g, I turned the ball 90 degrees and wound on another 25g. This made a total of 50g. I repeated this procedure, turning after every 25g, and it has worked really well.
I have a tendency to change patterns a bit as I go (see “Using Patterns as a Guide”) so it has been very useful to know my yarn usage. My friend asked that the garment be significantly longer than the pattern. I am now able to be confident that I will have enough wool to complete the garment.
Hopefully these tips will be useful to others of you who are working with hanks. I would love to hear any stories and tips that you might like to share.