lizcommotion: text: "If only yarn grew on trees" with a photo of trees that have been yarn bombed (covered with knitted yarn) (yarn trees)
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Sung to the tune of "What can you do with a drunken sailor," of course. ;)

Turns out, quite a lot, if you mix 'n match with other yarns. Take, for example, the 18 yards of uber soft undyed Targhee I decided to play with rather than list on my Etsy shop. I paired it with a ball of Cascade 128 (which is 128 yards of chunky superwash merino omg) that I had gotten on sale.

Doesn't look like that much yarn, right?

What can you do with 18 yards of handspun yarn?
A ball of forest green Cascade 128 machine spun yarn surrounded by a hank of handspun thick-and-thin white Targhee yarn. The label for the Targhee (my shop label) peeks out from under it.

I thought maybe I'd get a hat with a couple of stripes out of them.

Well I'm mostly done with the hat, and this is what I've got. (I would post finished photos, except I suspect I will be finishing this hat partway down I-95 and typing this on a mobile device seemed a nightmare >.<)

What can you do with 18 yards of handspun yarn?
A hat knit halfway up the decrease section from the above yarns. About half of each remain on the table beside it. The hat begins with hated 1x1 ribbing (why is it so useful, why), continues with plain stockinette and then has 2 rows of white handspun, a row of green, and two rows of white handspun centered on the hat. It's kind of like a Charlie Brown hat, but in green.

I still have about half of each left, so I'm not sure what to knit next. I'm torn between refining my headband pattern OR knitting some sort of Celtic-inspired necklace/bracelet. Or something else. I'm sure I'll decide on I-95.

What can you do with 18 yards of handspun yarn?
Close up of the rows of white handspun showing the variation of weight (i.e. thick and thin-ness) and texture. This is one of my earlier yarns - part of why I didn't list it - so it has more variation than many of the others.

cross-posted to my own journal

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Date: 2013-06-22 03:06 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] babs_sg1
That is so pretty. I've got to branch out more with combining yarns and taking chances on projects. You inspire me.

BTW, the white handspun is gorgeous. I like the thick and thin in the hat--gives it some extra interest.

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Date: 2013-06-24 04:15 pm (UTC)
strixluna: small owl (Default)
From: [personal profile] strixluna
A) that's gorgeous

B) Yes! Someone else in the world who hates 1x1 ribbing! I never thought I'd find another :) And yes, it's too damn useful to be so hated. Life is not fair sometimes!

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Date: 2013-06-27 02:28 am (UTC)
oakmouse: (Default)
From: [personal profile] oakmouse
There are more of us, trust me! I loathe it, but what can you do when it's the only ribbing that will work for the pattern? (Knit and drink tea and swear, that's what.)

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Date: 2013-06-27 03:58 am (UTC)
strixluna: small owl (Default)
From: [personal profile] strixluna
Knit, drink tea, and swear.

Sounds like my idea of a good evening :)

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Date: 2013-06-27 02:29 am (UTC)
oakmouse: (Default)
From: [personal profile] oakmouse
Lovely stuff! Those rows of white just pop, and really underscore the rich tones of the green.

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