07 March 2006

what to do...

So, a question -- what can you make with one skein of yarn with extreme variation in thickness? I've seen yarn like this around, but never messed around with it. I tried playing with this yarn today (I'm envisioning a gift for my friend S who seems to need a pick-me-up) but I have no idea how to deal with it - what size needles? what kind of project? I had initially thought fingerless gloves (my fall back one-skein project) but it seems the variation is too much. Then I thought neato airy scarf, but I can't figure out a pattern (I hate - HATE - garter stitch scarves... really, even stockinette scarves... I actually don't really like knitted scarves at all, but maybe that's because I haven't found a good pattern yet.... yes, i know it's weird for a knitter to dislike knitted scarves. hey, my first project was a hat... I never really went through the garter stitch scarf phase). Any ideas? See how much it varies?

Other notes -- finished hourglass:

Pattern: Hourglass Sweater from Last Minute Knitted Gifts (won't link again...)
Yarn: Knitpicks Andean Silk in "Pool"
Needles: Addi Natura US 7 24" Circular, Clover Bamboo US 7 dpn
Started: 7 February 2006
Finished: 4 March 2006

Notes: I can't believe it actually took me a month to finish... it seems to have spun along a lot quicker.... No modificationsn at all, except that I knit the sleeves on dpns (don't like using circulars for sleeves) and I screwed up on the first sleeve and didn't start the above-the-elbow increases until later than told, so I repeated it on both sides (couldn't bear to rip out several inches of sleeve). It looks great on. It's off in the mail to Melissa and hopefully she'll send me a picture of it on. This was a quick and easy knit... I love doing raglan shoulders. I'd make myself one, but I have monkey-long arms and have gotten in the habit over the years of pushing my sleeves up all the time. I couldn't stand not being able to do it in this sweater. Maybe I'll modify it... but not until my yarn diet is over. I love Andean Silk. It does sometimes have small imperfections, but nothing that would make me not want to use it. It has lovely drape. And it's very soft.


mumblingmonkey said...

You could make a hat with that yarn. I did, but ripped it out because it made my head look funny. It won't be the tightest-knit fabric as a result of the variance, but you could either line it or double-knit it to compensate. Unless you claimed to hate hats and I just didn't read carefully, in which case, I apologize.

Theresa said...

Really, you can make anything. The uneveness is a design feature, right? I'd use an intermediate needle size - maybe a 6 or 7 from what it looks like in the picture. Fingerless mitts would be cute - if not incredibly warm.

Ann-Marie said...

ooh the hourglass sweater is beautiful!! i just ordered my andean silk in orange.
how many skeins did it take you, if you don't mind me asking?
i live in canada and have to send my knitpicks order to my sister in NY, so i'm hoping i ordered enough...