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missknitty
« on: October 08, 2007 05:25:06 PM »

Ok, so I'm hoping I'm the only one who doesn't go crazy with the yarn buying, only to forget what I had planned for said yarn (stupid me for not writing it down!). So, I need some suggestions on what to make with yarn I have lots of (we're talking sweater amounts in each color). My stash is way too big and needs to be knit into something soon!

Cascade Eco Wool (2 sk ea color)
Cascade Sierra (5-7 sk ea color)
Valley Berkshire (5-14 sk ea color)
Rowan Calmer (10 sk ea color)
Malabrigo worsted (7 sk ea color)
Elsebeth Lavold Classic AL (10 sk ea color)
Sugar n Cream - 3 huge balls of variegated color
Du Store Alpakka Faerytale (5 balls ea color - 192 yds per ball)

Oh, and would 600 yds worsted weight yarn be enough for a smaller shawl? I could always add edging in another yarn...right?
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Riki
« Reply #1 on: October 08, 2007 08:09:34 PM »

You mean you buy yarn with a PLAN in mind? I'm in AWE! Me, I just buy it because I like it and buy enough so I can figure out what I want to make with it later on (many, many years later on in some cases).

Since I'm not familiar with most of those yarns (as I said, my stash is OLD, mostly purchased at Super Yarn Mart, which no longer exists!) ... I would begin by doing a search for those particular yarns - the companies usually will have suggested patterns for them, some of them even free, and anyway that would give you a start by telling you how much yarn would be needed for certain things ...

For the cotton - you can make lots and lots of dishcloths!
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cranberry
« Reply #2 on: October 09, 2007 01:34:53 AM »

Ok, so I'm hoping I'm the only one who doesn't go crazy with the yarn buying, only to forget what I had planned for said yarn (stupid me for not writing it down!). So, I need some suggestions on what to make with yarn I have lots of (we're talking sweater amounts in each color). My stash is way too big and needs to be knit into something soon!

Cascade Eco Wool (2 sk ea color)
Cascade Sierra (5-7 sk ea color)
Valley Berkshire (5-14 sk ea color)
Rowan Calmer (10 sk ea color)
Malabrigo worsted (7 sk ea color)
Elsebeth Lavold Classic AL (10 sk ea color)
Sugar n Cream - 3 huge balls of variegated color
Du Store Alpakka Faerytale (5 balls ea color - 192 yds per ball)

Oh, and would 600 yds worsted weight yarn be enough for a smaller shawl? I could always add edging in another yarn...right?

For Rowan Calmer, 10 skiens can make you a jumper if you have a 36" (or less) bust. There's the Rowan Calmer collection http://www.jimmybeanswool.com/secure-html/onlinegen/currgen/Rowan/RowanPatternBooks.asp?showLarge=true&specPCVID=2959
that can give you ideas about what to do with the yarn, The collection ranges from pullovers, to cardigans, socks, hats. Shedir (Knitty.com) was also done in Shedir, as is many patterns by the french girl.

Cascade eco wool can do the hemlock blanket (I think Jared Flood, the designer, only used two), Cascade Sierra - you can trade that with me! Smiley But seriously, you can do a couple top down vests, like the one designed by Grumperina that seems to suit almost every figure.

Malabrigo would make a nice plain jumper, or some balls could make a nice cowl for the fall.

For the sugar and cream, crank it out by making blankets, dishcloths or hats for babies and give 'em to charity.
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missknitty
« Reply #3 on: October 09, 2007 04:06:17 AM »

Hehe, yeah I always have a "cheat sheet" with me with yardage needed for projects I want to make, or I get an impulse of "ooo this yarn would be great for this", only to forget what 'this' was later preg_replace('/(.{19})/', '$1 ', 'on...typical...hehe.')

I have seen the Calmer book, but nothing jumped out at me in it (or at least not enough to buy the book. However, I do have plenty of books (Knit Cafe, Romantic Handknits, Fitted Knits, No sheep for You, etc.) to browse. I just get really inspired by other Craftsters and want to make half the stuff I see on here...lol. So many thing, so little time! Grin
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