yarn problems.

I have simultaneously too much yarn, and not enough; I have plenty of basic wool for sweaters, some of it in sweater amounts! but I don’t have very much in soft next-to-the-neck wool for scarves and shawls and hats. There’s more lightweight fine soft yarn than bulky, but I want to knit and perfect bulky hats! and I generally knit freehand and refine a new idea from there, so it takes a few iterations to be really happy with something. And I don’t want to buy more yarn, because there’s already too much yarn.

So this might mean a few sweaters, finally, and some small soft accessories; it’s led to at least one so far. And I hope to let myself be guided by yarn on hand (exclusively) for at least a little bit longer.

RELATED: OCTOBER’S FIRST OFFICIAL MOUSEARMY PATTERN.

WAVELET is a small, textured earwarmer! It’s made from a modest amount of DK to worsted-weight yarn (about 80 yards, so I am saying 80-90 officially for wiggle room and safety). It’s knit at 18 sts and 26 rows in 4″, which is a little loose if your handspun is DK to sport but nice if you’re using an expansive worsted like Malabrigo Yarns Merino Worsted. (I have two skeins of it left. They were all supposed to be one big thing, but I kept having attention span problems, so now one is the focal point of a large project, and one is going into a scarf to see if it is truly a one-skein scarf or not; it clocks at 200-210 yards in handspun, but it took 230 in bulky discontinued yarns.) It will be free until I have had time to fine-tune it, and get better photos of the third sample, so probably at least until Monday.

 

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Bunny Hat Pattern.

Two quick things for October 13th (because what could possibly go wrong?):

First, there is a flash sale going on in the little shop where I put most of my handknit samples and the occasional woven cloth. I’ve had the same host site for years, and it’s gone through a lot of changes that I haven’t necessarily enjoyed very much, but now I am no longer getting a lot of traffic from the site itself, so I’m looking for a good alternative to it.

Second, there is a knitting pattern up! If you’d rather knit your own hat, Bunny is my newest one.

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