I downloaded a great, simple crochet pattern from Lion Brand Yarn a few weeks ago. It’s for a produce bag (a.k.a. grocery sack) and I whipped one up in some ecru (who made up that word, anyway?) Peaches & Creme cotton yarn. Yes, the pattern called for Lion Brand cotton yard, but that’s not sold in our local Wal-Mart, so I had to make do. (“Making do” is not a hardship with Peaches & Creme. I love that yarn!)
Because the balls of Lion Brand cotton are larger than the Peaches & Creme balls, I had to do a little math in order to figure out how many balls of the ecru Peaches & Creme I would need. Six. Got it. Now we’re cooking with bacon.
I bought the yarn and whipped up the bag. Voila! I even had most of a ball of ecru left over.
Daughter asked me to make another produce bag, this time in yarn that was more exciting in color. I chose Fiesta variegated Peaches & Creme. Can you get more exciting than Fiesta? I think not. I bought the yarn and got to work. As I neared the end, it became apparent that I was going to run out of yarn. WTF? I bought six balls of yarn, the same as for the ecru bag, yet I didn’t haven’t enough, let alone extra? How could that be? I was using the same size crochet hook and I have a fairly consistent stitch size. Puzzling.
Until I thought about the size of the ecru ball as compared to the Fiesta ball. I had a sense that the ecru was bigger. Because I still had the yarn labels left for both types of yarn, I checked them. My hunch was right. See here …
There’s a half-ounce difference between the two balls of yarn. That explains it.
Erik and I jumped on the motorcycle and ran to Wal-Mart to buy the extra yarn I needed to finish the bag. While there we compared the various colors of Peaches & Creme yarn. Turns out that solid-colored balls all contain 2.5 ounces and variegated balls contain 2 ounces. Let that be a lesson to me, eh? Always read the yarn labels.
Here’s how that Fiesta bag turned out …