spliting a skein

scottly's picture

Sock yarn comes two ways. A skein will have either enough for one sock or enough for the pair. Since I like to do both socks simultaneously I usually go for the smaller single sock skein. I found some yarn that I really like but it came in the larger quantity for making the pair. It's kind of pricey so I'm wondering what the best way to divide the skein in to two would be rather then buy a second skein. I'm thinking use a scale but maybe someone has a quick and easy trick for this.

Scott

Jaxom's picture

Weigh the wool and divide

Weigh the wool and divide the number by two, then wind a new ball from the wool, stopping every so often to weigh the ball until it is half the total weight of the original yarn. You then have your two separate balls.

scottly's picture

Thanks guy, I knew you all

Thanks guy, I knew you all would have the answers. Now I have to go find a niddy-noddy. In the mean time I'll knit from both ends and hopefully not end up with a tangled mess.

Scott

MMario's picture

A piece of stiff corregated

A piece of stiff corregated cardboard or foam that's a convenient size will work. You just need something to wrap the yarn around that's a convenient size and that you can keep track of the number of wraps you make.
heck - a chair back would work.

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scottly's picture

Of course! Thanks again

Of course! Thanks again MMario.

krooks's picture

I make a center pull ball

I make a center pull ball and work from both ends.

Britisher's picture

How about using a

How about using a niddy-noddy, the spinner's tool for winding a skein? A niddy-noddy has a center piece with a "T" at each end, pivoted so that they're at opposite angles to one another. Their use is explained in a helpful article on the Knitter's Review.

You can work out the length of the skein your niddy-noddy will produce and can calculate the number of winds that would be necessary to produce exactly half of the total length of your skein.

MMario's picture

Or wind it onto the

Or wind it onto the niddy-noddy (or a swift - mine has a crank to allow you to wind onto it) , counting the wraps; and then wind half back off into each ball.

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crmartin's picture

The scale is the easiest.

The scale is the easiest. Some people will knit from both ends of the ball if it is a center pull ball, making both socks at the same time.

Randy