24 March 2005

attn: knitters

I need some input. I recently stumbled over (and purchased!!) three balls of what seems to be some very lovely yarn: Jo Sharp Silkroad aran (a blend of 85% wool, 10% silk and 5% cashmere). I got the wool at a thrift store for 69 cents each.

Two balls are a medium grey colour (labelled "Opal") and one is a darker grey colour with specks of red, blue and other colours (I suspect it's a ball of Silkroad aran tweed -- it has no label). Each ball is 50g (1 3/4 oz)/85m (93 yds).

I want to make something for me. Something I will enjoy and want to use. Is it enough for a scarf? A shawl? A hat? Bear in mind that I am constantly being interrupted, so detailed patterns may be more challenging to me... I am also patently lazy and still consider myself a "beginner" knitter. I haven't really mastered the perl stitch let alone things like "yarn-over" or how to use circulars or dpns. Still, I would love suggestions for simple projects that might suit this yarn...

4 comments:

Christopher said...

how about knitting a sock?

:)

Cheryl said...

Well... I am sure there is enough yarn for two socks or more likely slippers (I think it is too thick for socks), but slippers wear out so fast, I'd rather have something that will last a while.

:)

J.M said...

How about one of those cool looking Peruvian Indian hats...there is a name for them but it escapes me at the moment...but they have ear flaps and the shape is kind of conical pointy on the top of the head and have some neat tassles for tieing under your chin...
maybe you could make two. one for you and one for me :>)

Z├ęzette said...

Hey, nice yarn score, you Goddess of Thrift, you!

It's always hard to know just what to do with small amounts of nice yarn, isn't it? I usually default to a scarf, but another idea I just had was a small bag/purse. I keep the oodles of essential stuff in my bag in order in a series of small drawstring bags; perhaps something like that might suit? It'd just mean knitting a rectangle -- probably on fairly small guage needles, so bits are less likely to spear through the fabric -- and then stitching up the sides when you're done. A button closure, rather than drawstring, would probably suit it better, though.

On a related note, I made up a prototype of the ribbed and stretchy java jacket we discussed the other night, but have been too slack to stick it in the post to you. (Announcing this publicly is meant to both shame/punish and motivate to take said article to post office.)