a little help

farmhouse yarns summer spun, charcoal
so remember my whole “I’m not buying yarn, need to clean out my stash blah blah blah”? I’ve been pretty good about it, just knitting from my stash and not randomly bringing yarn home….until now. I have to come clean. it started out innocently enough, going to the yarn store to simply pick up ONE thing I needed for a project (which I’ll blog about later). while I waited, I noticed their 50% off yarn corner. a corner people! can you blame me? I did hold myself back though since a lot of the yarn was novelty-like except for the yarn above. something about the contrast between the two different plies drew me to it. the yarn is a third silk, cotton, and lambswool and each four ounce hank has 350 yards. they only had two hanks in the charcoal left, so this is where you come in.

I have no idea what to knit with this! do you have any ideas? a shawl maybe? is there some top I can knit with just 700 yards? there’s no gauge information on the yarn label, but this site states a gauge of 5spi with 4mm needles. so can you help me out? I figure I’ll combine this with my third blogiversary, which was yesterday, and make it a little contest. think of it as a “Thank You!!” for helping me find a pattern and for keeping me blogging for this long! the prize?

560 yards of handdyed bamboo, as seen in veronique’s joie de vivre from sensual knits. it’s not enough for the cardi, but probably enough for a stole or shawl. just leave a comment with a pattern suggestion and whoever inspires me gets the yarn. if I love more than one idea I’m sure I can come up with some more yarny presents!

eta: I’ll post the winner on Friday the 18th.

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  • Katie April 12, 2008 at 10:51 am

    So it’s a wool cotton silk blend? Depending on the size you’d make. You could do a more casual version of Wendy Bernard’s Sahara. It take something like 500-1000 yards depending on size. There’s a few Joan McGowan-Michael tank/camisole tops that yardage would work for. There’s a lot cropped cardi’s patterns too. Here’s a free one.
    Berroco has a free asymmetrical tank called NY city lights. It for a sequined yarn, but I’ve seen it “non sparkly” and it looks very cute.
    Drops might be a good place to look too if you’d like to have a free patterns. They have some very cute tanks and summerish cardigans.
    Can you tell I was recently on a similar search myself? 🙂 Kate

  • sulafaey April 12, 2008 at 10:56 am

    That is a cool yarn! Hmm, you’ve got enough for a smallish size–or shorter sleeved–Kaleidoscope cardigan. It would be a really different sweater with this yarn, and you’d get to pick great buttons (Yikes! It was a Magknits pattern, but still available on the designer’s site- http://parallaxknitting.com/about-2/)

  • Megan April 12, 2008 at 11:18 am

    You should knit a cowl-neck sweater with either no sleeves or cap sleeves. Similar to Domesicat’s tunic, but with shorter sleeves and a wider cowl. Very cute, and super versatile!

  • amanda April 12, 2008 at 11:35 am

    What about the Ophelia pattern from A Mingled Yarn? It would totally rock over a long sleeve shirt. With the yardage you have, it would be enough to make a xs-l.
    Or, I think Frida would look really cool, too. You could always make it as a wrap, instead of a poncho (which is what I would do). It is a Magknits pattern, so you would have to get it from Google’s cache, since Magknits is no longer around.

  • Seanna Lea April 12, 2008 at 12:00 pm

    You could make the Aleita Shell from the Spring 08 IK. You should have a bit more than you need for it, and it looks like a pretty flexible top to wear.

  • Wanett April 12, 2008 at 12:23 pm

    I like this pattern I found through Ravelry
    Using that yarn with this pattern would be like casual meets luxury.
    I also think the domesticat tunic is a good choice too.

  • Carla April 12, 2008 at 12:34 pm

    I’m more of an accessories person, so when I see yarns like this, I automatically think cozy legwarmers. Something like this:
    or this:
    I can also see such yarn being used for a scarf like this:
    depending on the size you need, a shrug like Knitty’s Ester I think would be really lovely in that yarn:
    I’m not too great at matching yarns to patterns, but hopefully that helped somewhat 🙂

  • Amy April 12, 2008 at 2:34 pm

    Go with a little really deep scoop neck tank/vest that is so popular right now. You can wear it over a shorter sleeved button down type shirt.
    As I’ve lost weight, I’m so into going down this path now that my stomach is no longer level with my chest!
    Great for spring, AC in the summer, etc. You could do a bright color under it for spring/summer and black for fall/winter!
    Something along the lines of the Fad-Classic from Knit & Tonic!
    I’m keeping my eye open for little yarn required cute top like this pattern that will be perfect for my wardrobe!
    Good luck! Amy

  • Lauren April 12, 2008 at 2:42 pm

    I second the suggestion of the Aleita shell from Spring 2008 IK. It’s a simple design that would allow the yarn to really shine, and Bonne Marie’s patterns are really a delight to knit.

  • Gwen April 12, 2008 at 3:15 pm

    I think this would be a good match with Le Slouch and/or Branching Out — I don’t really see the two patterns working well as a set, but I do the yarn goes well with each of them individually. I like the idea of doing something a little airier to show off the yarn, hence Branching Out, but it also sounds like it would be both soft and warm as a hat.
    Even something as simple as the Airy Scarf from Last Minute Knitted Gifts would be nice, and kind of a fun, unusual take on that pattern.

  • Gwen April 12, 2008 at 3:16 pm

    To clarify, I think the Airy Scarf would be great, but I’d make it longer and maybe wider — basically a normal-sized scarf, but using that lace pattern.

  • Alli April 12, 2008 at 3:43 pm

    I knew exactly what I would make with this if it were mine!
    Here is the non-ravelry link too:
    I love the contrast of the tweedy-looking/textured yarns and lace. It looks like it would be a really versatile shawl/scarf that way. In fact I might just hop over to my LYS and see if I can find soemthing similar!
    Hope you find the perfect pattern to suit your style!

  • Oiyi April 12, 2008 at 6:36 pm

    OMG, that red yarn is to die for!!!
    This pattern is adorable,

  • Sarah April 12, 2008 at 11:12 pm

    I love the tweediness of that gray yarn…maybe you have enough to knit a nice little vest? The Tweedy Vest from Knitscene is cute, as is Veste Everest by Veronik Avery — or you might even just want to do a custom job and go really basic: stockinette with ribbed edges and a little shaping at the waist. A v-neck would probably look fantastic.

  • Eva April 13, 2008 at 12:30 am

    I absolutely think a vest is the way to go. I suggest either the Scoop Neck Vest by Sylvia Hager (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/scoop-neck-vest), or the Gilmore Vest by Andrea Tung (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/gilmore-vest).
    One is worsted, one is DK. Not sure which would suit the yarn more, though what you’ve described sounds more like DK.

  • connie April 15, 2008 at 9:06 pm

    What about Miriam felton’s Logan River Wrap from the Winter ’07 IK? It uses a tweedy yarn and would be very snuggly. Also, in one of the Knitscenes, Mona Strickt has a great Tweedy Vest. At any rate, the yarn is beautiful. Love tweedy goodness 🙂 Good luck finding the right pattern for it.

  • melissa April 16, 2008 at 6:05 pm

    i immediately though of the gilmore vest that brainylady recently made: http://brainylady.blogspot.com/2008/03/fo-gilmore-vest.html.
    so cute, and it could be worn in so many different ways!

  • chris April 17, 2008 at 1:42 pm

    i’m going to suggest another vest pattern too.
    how ’bout the tank top from the erika knight classic knits book? it doesn’t take too much yarn and makes a nice vest.

  • bernie April 17, 2008 at 7:58 pm

    I think this pattern for the Sleeveless Wrap Top from Blue Sky Alpaca would be perfect for the yarn (see here: http://www.theknittinggarden.com/bs-patterns2.htm ) because the designs’ simplicity would highlight the beautiful, subtle color variations in that yarn–reminiscent of fresh, crushed pomegranate seeds. Imagine it with a red silk ribbon sash. Or perhaps an organza sash tie. I hope you find the best pattern for this yarn!

  • bernie April 17, 2008 at 8:03 pm

    Oh sorry! I became so enamoured with the red yarn, I totally forgot the question was about the charcoal yarn! Well, you see what a little yarn pron can do to a normal person….so…..about the charcoal yarn? I think this pattern would be quite sleek—and you wouldn’t have to make it as long as the picture of course: http://www.theknittinggarden.com/patterns/knit3/vest.htm Thanks!