So I went to the local Fiber Festival over the weekend and was seized afresh with a burning desire to spin my own yarn. After a frankly embarrassing amount of shopping, I came home and settled in to give it a shot with a tiny little 1/2 oz batt I bought on a whim because it was cheap and I loved the colors (chocolate and rose, with just a tiny bit of gold nylon in). Now it’s spun and scalded to set the twist and dry and ready to work with.
It’s a tiny amount, and it’s what a generous-minded vendor at the festival called “highly textured,” but it’s sure-enough workable yarn and I made it with my own little hands. Pitiful as it looks in places, I’m proud of it and I want to make something with it that I can put up and keep. But I’m having a hell of a time finding a project that’s small enough for it. A half ounce of double-ply (it’s about worsted size in most spots) isn’t much yarn at all. Anybody got any ideas what I can do with it?
I bought a small amount of yarn and roving because the colors were so durned purty, but it’s really not enough to do a whole lot with. What I decided I’m going to do is knit, crochet or felt (or some combo) a strip wide enough to show off the colors and textures and use that to embellish an article of clothing, like edges of a cardigan or the neckline of a pullover sweater. Could you do something like that?
Yay you!! Are you knitting, crocheting, or either? And how many yards is it?
Hmm, maybe I can answer that; a half-ounce is about 14 grams,* and a 100-gram ball of worsted-weight wool is about 150-200 yards, so let’s say you’ve got, mm mm mm, about one-eighth of that or…20-25 yards.
No, that’s not very much, is it? Uh, let’s see, you could make a coaster, or a small clutch purse, or a decorative flower, or a headband or a bracelet or a coffee-cup sleeve, or how about a nice Christmas ornament?
Are you on Ravelry? (ravelry.com) I don’t recognize you among the sdmb yarnies group members, but maybe you have a different username there. Anyway, join Ravelry if you haven’t already, and you can use their amazing customizable search feature to find patterns that require a specified range of yardage and specified wool type and specified everything else.
Good luck, and when come back bring pix!
You know, if you type “half-ounce grams” into Google, you get VERY different hits from what you get if you add “worsted weight” to the search terms. :eek:
my suggestion is to knit or crochet it as the end of a scarf. start with the pretty stuff and then change to a complementary color and go until you have a length you want. Did you spin with a drop spindle or just using you hands or what?
I love to spin and I make balls of yarn. I tell people they are things of beauty unto themselves. I like to put a pretty wooden bowl on my table with balls of differnt yarns in it that I have made.