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akneedler
« on: December 06, 2007 03:48:25 PM »

 So I was at a fund-raising auction for the Yukon Quest dog race and won the auction for Cherry Tree Hill wool yarn in earth-tones.  It's great yarn, i love the color but here's the question:  What do I make with 1200 yards of yarn?  The label specifically says I'll never be able to match this with any other yarn, it's paint-dyed or something like that so I make sure I have enough before I knit.  So I started a great cabled cardigan, a perfect pattern but I'm nearly done with one of the front panels and one of the skeins of yarn.  I'm figuring it'll be almost exactly one skein for each of the front panels, one for each sleeve and maybe two full ones for the back.  That leaves NO extra yarn for the collar, belt, extra cable I may have to make going up each side since it's probably not going to block out to be big enough... Ugh, so after all of that, what should I make?  It seems like it should be enough to make something big (sweater).  Anyone have a sweater pattern (or link to one) that would definitely be knit with under 1200 yards?

Thanks for any help you can offer!

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Schnail
« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2007 03:53:19 PM »

Seeing as you were at a dog race maybe you could make a dog sweater? For a little dog of course. Or if the yarn is too good for that maybe a bolero or cropped cardigan?

You might be able to make Roam - from the fall edition of Knitty. It uses 1250yds of yarn but you could leave off the hood (make a collar instead by finishing the hood component after a few rows) and so complete it with your 1200yds.

I wish you luck in finding a pattern Smiley
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dancingbarefoot
« Reply #2 on: December 07, 2007 05:17:59 PM »

Make the sleeves in a complementary color, maybe?
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« Reply #3 on: December 10, 2007 06:32:32 AM »

What weight is the yarn?  That'll make a difference Tongue  How about a lace pattern to stretch the yarndage (maybe only on selected areas as a detail)?
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« Reply #4 on: December 10, 2007 10:40:10 AM »

contrast the trims & if need be the whole back? if you did the back in a contrast & kept the rib or whatever the bottom trim is, in the main colour it would tie it all in
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« Reply #5 on: December 10, 2007 11:06:25 AM »

Hmmm...short or 3/4 sleeves? A bolero?
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« Reply #6 on: December 11, 2007 10:28:09 AM »

I crochet and don't know how to knit, so I don't know how easy this is, but... Why don't you find a yummy complimentary yarn and do the collar and belt in that? And if it's possible, you could do the extra cable in the complimentary yarn too, to tie it all together.
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« Reply #7 on: December 14, 2007 07:14:56 PM »

Top down Raglan would be cute...
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« Reply #8 on: December 16, 2007 05:23:42 PM »

another question, what size are you?
You could knit Wicked from Zephyrstyle.com. The larges size they have is 1100 yards of worsted. It's a really cute boat neck top down raglan, you may also be able to do the tree jacket. All but the largest size call for 1200 or less.

Hope that helped!
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akneedler
« Reply #9 on: December 16, 2007 11:11:16 PM »

well thank you for the ideas.  i'm still undecided but i'm thinking of making a sweater with a heavy fleece contrasting panel rather than knit the whole thing.  i was thinking of knitting the sleeves in a cable down the top of arm, cabled underarm panel, collar, waistband and cuffs.  I'm about a 5'4" size 8 so it doesn't need to be too big but not exactly waifish either.  my 13yo daughter will happily wear anything i accidentally make too small (she was the lucky recipient of a feece jacket this week - oops!)

i'll have to post some more before i can show you the inspiration picture...
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