Friday, January 30, 2015

Knitting Karma.

...last summer, I "gifted" nine balls of Kidsilk Haze to my knitting group at church. Yeah, I put the "gifted" in quotes because it's lovely...but it's not my favorite thing to knit. I was hoping it would find a happy home with someone else. One of the ladies took the entire bag; she started a simple garter stitch scarf on big needles just after we met. And then a few months later, she brought back eight balls. Turns out it's not her favorite thing to knit either. We sorted through all our group's yarn last week and it was still there. So I - somewhat reluctantly - took it back.

There are five balls of dark purple and three of a really pale purplish gray. (I'm telling you this because the colors are hard for my camera to capture). 1,800 yards of laceweight mohair (ok yes, it does have some silk in it too) is kind of my worst knitting nightmare.

But I'm committed to knitting through quantities like this and my mind has been racing with possibilities all week. Perhaps another throw? no. I'd really need to buy something else to strand with it. a sweater? oh my no.

I eventually settled on a scarf. maybe holding two strands together so it's not so...lace-like? and maybe knit in the round so I'm only knitting? I've seen scarves knit in the round and then pressed flat. I could even add fringe to the ends to close up the tube.

The 5:3 ratio (dark purple to light purple) makes it hard to stripe since I really (really!) don't want to split the balls. This morning I hit on the idea of starting with one color and knitting it solid, then adding the other color (so I'll have an ombre transition) and ending with the other color knit sold.

It sounded like a good plan and I got more comfortable with it after talking to a few friends at knitting today. Imagine my surprise when I came home to find this free pattern in the latest Churchmouse newsletter.

Granted, it's written to hold the yarn on its own, but I think it will be pretty easy to adjust for holding it double (larger needle, fewer stitches... both things seem like good things to me!)

...knitting karma for sure!

 

11 comments:

  1. Got the same newsletter and, while I don't have the yarn in my stash, definitely want to make this pattern! I flew to Chicago today and I kept thinking that this would have been perfect to knit AND to wear on the flight!

    --JerseyShoreDeb

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  2. I think kidsilk haze is awesome stuff! I knit a couple of lace shawls out of it back in the day and I loved it.

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  3. Kid Silk can be fiddly to work with, but it knits up into the most lovely of shawls. Your plan sounds like a great one and the results will be fabulous!

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  4. This is too funny! I love KSH!! Frustrating and a little slow to work with, but the end result is magical! I am going to make this scarf too!! Trying to decide if it should be solid or with the KSH stripe. It is also great stranded with another yarn, like I did in my Simple Pleasures hat. Can't wait to see your scarf!

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  5. I think KSH is pretty. I think the items I've seen knit with it (at my yarn shop) are gorgeous. However, I really dislike knitting with it! I've tried over and over! I have seen some patterns where you hold a strand of it with another strand of fingering yarn. I might be able to handle that....but then again... LOL!

    Linda in VA

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  6. That sounds like a gorgeous plan for the yarn!

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  7. I'm with you on KSH. I've really TRIED to love it, but I just don't really like knitting with it -- the end result is lovely, it's the process that is not so lovely, IMO. (sigh).

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  8. Excellent plan, I knit a scarf from KSH once, single strand-won't be doing that again. Can't wait to see the FO, the colors are beautiful.

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  9. I love KSH, too. If you need more inspiration, take a look at all the gorgeousness knit by maanel on Ravelry!

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  10. Looking fwd to seeing it all knit up...the muted colors are gorgeous!
    Cheers~

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  11. I love the airplane scarf. And I should admit I knit with KSH a lot. The secret for me is ChiaoGoo lace needles. My knit group says I have a problem with KSH. I can stop any time! ;) That's why I love my new pattern, Floataway, that you saw on IG today. It only requires 2-3 balls of KSH, but when you're done, you have a top and a cowl. It will be on Ravelry soon. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go buy more KSH for one of those airplane scarves.

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