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(3) How to destash – Sock yarn

January 25, 2010 - - 2:30 PM

Although I have not knitted one single sock yet, I own a lot of sock yarn.

Thanks to Raverly and many very clever people I have found out that you sock yarn is actually good for many things besides keeping feet beautiful and warm.

I would like to attempt the following projects:

  • There are so many beautiful shawls to knit. I would love to try Multnomah (direct download), the one skein stole or even Traveling Woman, if I manage not to mess up even easy lace patterns anymore. Some yarn is just too gorgeous too be hidden in shoes.
  • If you want to use up a huge amount of left over sock yarn, you could knit a huge blanket like the Barn Raising Quilt. If you do not want to buy the book, there is a very similar free pattern at knit me a river (knitted version) or Without Seams (crocheted version).  I could also imagine knitting an afghan with mitred squares or another shape like little fish.

If I manage to finish some of these projects this year I am sure that my stash will be greatly reduced.

Do you know of any other fun projects with sock yarn?


Babette Blanket by Kathy Merrick

January 17, 2010 - - 7:54 PM

This will be my big project for 2010.

You can see many wonderful variations of this pattern at the “The Babette Blanket” Flickr group.

I will not use Koigu (though it probably is wonderful), but another Merino yarn, that I can actually afford. After knitting a test swatch, to see if I understand the pattern (easy :-)), I have also decided that I will keep the color palette simple and use only red and blue tones. I love the original Babette blanket, but since I want to look at it every day I am looking for something less colorful (psychedelic?).

Knit Green by Joanne Seiff

January 12, 2010 - - 9:05 PM

Firstly I would like to mention the positive aspects about this book:

  • It does not preach. Every step to environmentally conscious living counts and you simply take it as far as you are willing to go. Although I believe that you need to push yourself out of your comfort zone from time to time, taking one step at a time to not get overwhelmed is definitely something I can agree with.
  • There are many useful projects in this book that enable you to integrate knitting projects easily into your everyday life. Cushions, placemats and curtains are things that I can put to good use in my household.

Now on to the things that impressed me only slightly:

  • If you have already read about the diversity of yarn, e.g. in “No Sheep for You“, you know that there is hemp, soy and bamboo fiber out there and you have probably already bought organic cotton or another sustainable fiber. There simply was not much new information here for me.
  • Over the past years I have tried to buy animal-free products as well as shop organic and fair trade. Therefore there was not much in this book that inspired me beyond what I am already living.

If you have not read about these topics before and if you like some simple and practical knits, then you might enjoy this book. If on the other hand you have already given these issues some thought then you might look for another read.

As an overall rating I give it 3 points out of 5.

(2) How to destash – Cotton

January 8, 2010 - - 2:44 PM

If you do not feel like making dish cloths, tea pot cozies and pot holders (and for some reason I never do), then you need some other projects that make use of your cotton yarn.

Cotton is not my favorite choice of yarn, but from time to time I buy a few skeins for a specific project. Therefore I never have more than one to three skeins of one particular cotton yarn and color left over.

Following projects look rather tempting to me:

I would love to know how you reduce your cotton stash!

Now I have to think about what I will do about my hills of sock yarn turning into mountains.

(1) How to destash – Acrylic

January 2, 2010 - - 9:09 PM

After I admitted to myself, that I had a stash problem, my focus is now to slowly reduce the amount of yarn piling up around me.

When I started knitting in February last year I didn’t mind using acrylic yarn to learn. Of course, as soon as I knew how to knit a straight row I wanted higher quality yarn.

I don’t like acrylic fiber on my body, because it just doesn’t breath. So wristwarmers or hats were not an option. Besides, I like to knit something practical and useful from time to time.

So here are options that I will try this year to get rid off all my eeky acrylic yarns:

  • Japanese scrubbies are called “Tawashi”. You can find a very detailed crochet pattern including photos at craftstylish. There are less knitting than crochet patterns, but there is a translation from a cute Japanese fishy pattern translated by Rhonda White at knittingknonsense.
  • If you sew or know someone you does, you could go for a pincushion. I think I will either try this knitted pattern by Kris Patey or this crocheted frog at Roman Sock.
  • I am definitely in need of a clothes pin bag. There is a crochet pattern over at myrecycledbags made with plastic yarn. I have actually found a knitted version at craftster for free, but since I own Home by Debbie Bliss, I will try her version from the book.

Do you have any others ideas, what acrylic yarn could be used for? I would love to hear them.

Next I will try to figure out, what to do with my cotton yarn.