I'm back to spinning merino top for the Spin-Off magazine and remembered that I've been meaning to share the latest in my twist saga.
Did you notice the picture a "Twist Gauge" on page 68 of the latest Spin-Off magazine? Well being the yarn techie that I am, I noticed it right away.
I've had a weird fascination with the subject of yarn twist, ever since I found out that I was putting too much twist in my yarns, causing them knit up into a tough dense fabric. This photo of a twist gauge intrigued me because it looked like such an easy tool to use. I immediately e-mailed Amy, the editor, and asked where this came from. She said that it's from an article called Measuring Yarn by Rita Buchanan in the Winter 1993 issue of Spin-Off.
Well, I finally got my hands on a copy of this issue and here is the twist gauge in action (click on the photo for a better view).
It is easy to use. I just take a piece of my hand spun yarn, line up the twist ridges of the 2-ply yarn with the lines in the middle of the gauge and then read the angle indicated on the outside of the circle.
I think It would be easy to make one of these gauges using a protractor to draw the circle and mark the angles. Once the circle is drawn, add vertical lines inside the circle which are a millimeter apart.