My WPI. like my knitting gauge, lies constantly.
I use WPI (wraps per inch) as a guide to keep my yarn consistent when I’m spinning and to match yarn used in specific knitting projects.
The problem is I can get my yarn to read at almost any WPI I want it to.
Just like when I knit a gauge swatch, my hands can knit the perfect gauge with a particular yarn. But once the projects starts and I relax into it, my true gauge appears, and it’s wrong.
Here’s my latest WPI kerfuffle.
This is yarn I spun to knit the gorgeous Wanderlust Mitts from Knittyspin. The pattern calls for 11 WPI.
I can look at that yarn now and know that it isn’t 11 WPI, it’s a bigger yarn, but I was determined to use it for those mitts.
I made it work. Like Cinderella’s stepsisters and the glass slipper I made it fit. I pulled it a little snugger, not yanking, but I took the poof out of the yarn. Lies.
For fun I tried making it an even bigger yarn.
Here’s a relaxed wrap, letting my woolen spin puff. If I wanted to knit something that called for 7 WPI, I would buy it, it’s close enough. Lies.
The lessons I took away from this are to measure several times, and try not to be so excited that I make the yarn fit. I have to remind myself to let the yarn speak, or it won’t work.
In all things spinning I find that I can encourage the yarn, but if I try to bully it, it always gets the last laugh.
Here’s the real WPI for the yarn:
9 WPI, no lie
What’s your relationship like with WPI?