WPI and EPI for yarns in my stash

This is not an attempt to amass an exhaustive list of all yarns available. Some of the yarns in this list are readily available (at craft stores such as JoAnn, Michaels, and Hobby Lobby), so if you’re just getting started and don’t know what yarn you want to collect, or if want some yarn quickly to practice a particular technique, maybe this list will be useful to you.

I’ve listed the grams, rather than ounces, and yards, rather than meters as these seem to be the most commonly listed pieces of information. Note that 50 g = 1.75 oz, 100 g = 3.5 oz.

YARN SUITABLE FOR 7.5 (OR  8) DPI HEDDLE

  • Cascade Yarns Sunseeker Shade: 50% Cotton, 50% Acrylic; 100 g, 246 yd; 16 WPI, 8 EPI

    Purchased online from Jimmy Beans Wool

  • Frog Tree: 85 % Pima Cotton, 15% Silk; 50 g 155 yd; 16 WPI, 8 EPI

    Purchased at a store several years ago

  • Artiste #8 Crochet Cotton: presumably 100% Cotton; 50 g, 120.84 yd; 17 WPI, 8.5 EPI

    Available at Hobby Lobby

  • Yarn Bee Mimosa: 62% Cotton, 38% Rayon; 100 g, 240 yd; 16 WPI, 8 EPI

    Available at Hobby Lobby

  • Sinfonia: 100% Mercerized Cotton; 100 g, 218 yd; 16 WPI, 8 EPI

    Available at Hobby Lobby

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So, here’s what I was thinking as I constructed a 49 pins-per-side loom today: “Why don’t all the loommakers send me samples of their looms so I can promote them and extend their product’s usability?” (This is how I think while poking 192 holes and then placing 192 pins in a cardboard loom.) And then I realized, “Why should they? I’m plugging their products even though I don’t own any of them.”

(Apparently I need to clarify the above paragraph. It was meant as something of a joke. It’s probably selfish of me to wish my grunt work on others. I didn’t mean to solicit offers!)

Today’s ad features a 12″ x 12″ loom (what I’d call a bias loom) with 49-per-side equidistant pins.

12″ x 12″ loom — photo by Theresa Jewell. Used with permission.

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Be brave!* I’m not sure why or what triggered it, but evidently I was traumatized by the pick-up weaves class I took at Yarn Fest in 2015. As much as I wanted to practice what I’d learned, I could not make myself do it. So I took the back way in—practiced plain weaving. I used up two shuttles of already-wound yarn. This was good practice because I needed to work on my selvages and had never woven with “thin” yarn before. (I used a 10 DPI heddle. Previously had only worked with 7.5 DPI.)

Bottom right is the results of my class followed by two sections of plain weave with different thin-nesses of yarn. Two sections of experimentation follow.

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