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« on: December 26, 2011 08:05:58 AM »

One of my sisters (not the one I mentioned teaching to knit in a previous thread) put together a lovely gift basket for me with a six pack of my favorite beer and three skeins of yarn.  Her criteria for picking the yarn was that it matched the beer (gift baskets must be pretty!) and not cost twelve dollars a skein.  She wanted to get me non-acrylic yarns, but, as a non-knitter, the fact that nice yarn can be costly was a bit of a shock for her.

I love how much effort she put into this basket.  The description of her standing in the yarn aisle for twenty minutes feeling yarn was a gift all on its own.  How many times have I been in that exact same predicament!

She was so excited about the basket.  I really want to use all of the yarn, but, as you might imagine, not all of it is what I might have picked on my own.  Here's the info on my three skeins:

Patons Kroy Socks FX, Clover Colors (75% Wool, 25% Nylon, 166 yds with suggested needle size three)-I'm guessing on this oneone of my sister's cats got into the gift basket and thought that this skein was a fun toy for her; the yarn band is destroyed.

Lion Brand Home Spun, Wildfire (98% Acrylic, 2% Polyester, 185 yds with a suggested needle size ten)

Red Heart Shimmer, Lime (97% Acrylic, 3% Metallic Polyester, 240 yds with a  suggested needle size six)

I tend to knit primarily with animal fibers.  I find that my hands get sweaty with acrylic yarn and I reserve it for knitting for animals.  I think I may end up using the green Red Heart for toys for my sister's cat.  I could probably do a head band with the sock yarn or hunt down another skein, hope the dye lot is close enough, and make a pair of socks out of it too.  The very orange LB is throwing me though.  I understand that it feels nice in a skein, but I've knitted with it before and it just isn't my preference.  Any thoughts on what to do with a single skein of it?

« Reply #1 on: December 26, 2011 09:22:55 AM »

With the Homespun, it's much easier to deal with if knit on size 11s and held loosely and that would be enough to make a bulky cowl or infinity scarf done in a simple pattern. The sock yarn too could be knit with much larger needles, like an 8 or 9 and a lace pattern for a shawlette or scarf; or just use more normal needles like a 6 and knit a fun side to side scarf like Baktus which would show off the color changes.

« Reply #2 on: December 26, 2011 10:27:27 AM »

One skein of sock yarn should be enough for a pair of fingerless mitts. A Ravelry search for 0-150 yards of sock yarn found several patterns (41 pages of patterns in all categories actually, but some were a case of :the smallest size takes 150 yards).

Depending on your foot size you might be able to get a pair of footie socks out of 150 yards, particularly a low vamp style like these. Of course if you pick up a coordinating solid you can do something larger such as a "fakeisle" style colorwork hat or socks with a solid foot and colorwork leg (or if you match one of the colors, a solid foot and a variegated leg).

If you have any teenagers (or adults with an adventurous fashion sense) in your circle of family and friends that shimmer lime could make arm warmers or a shawlette or other accessory.

I'm rather stuck on the homespun though. Maybe a bandana cowl? It's very basic knitting, so the texture of the yarn has nothing to fight. Or a basic teapot cozy?
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« Reply #3 on: December 26, 2011 12:02:52 PM »

I would suggest checking out one of those ''one skein" books at your local library too.  They might have a pattern that you would like, or at least give you some ideas.  But anyways, other ideas would be perhaps a cozy for a mug, cell phone, or something along that line. 

Want to learn to crochet or knit?  I have a ton of extra crochet hooks & circular knitting needles.  Will throw in some pattern books and yarn for anyone interested in a swap.
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