Knitting from stash.

I declared, back in January 2013, that I would not buy any yarn EVER until I had knitted down my stash to a level wherein it contained only random onesie-twosie balls of yarn. Although I have not been completely faithful to that resolution, having purchased a skein of laceweight mink yarn at Yarnover 2013 and several skeins of DK to go with stash yarn and make a promised baby sweater, I feel I have done pretty well. Oh, yes, there were those 17 balls of red Gedifra wool cotton from I bought from Cara's destash to make the Fairfield sweater. But I started it immediately; the yarn never really hit the stash. As if that matters…

Otherwise, using stash yarn, I have made:

  • Seven blanket squares
  • Six cowls, plus one in progress
  • Five hats
  • Five baby bibs
  • Four pairs of fingerless gloves
  • Four dishcloths
  • Three pairs of socks
  • Two scarves
  • One pair of felted clogs
  • One baby sweater (mostly from stash)
  • …and a partridge in a pear tree.

In reviewing that list, I see that it is easier to knit up one- or two-skein projects than it is an entire sweaters' worth of yarn. Big surprise there, no?

My latest stash project is this:


What is it? It is this:


…which can be worn an number of ways:

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No, your eyes are not going bad. Several of those photos are distinctly blurry; it is really hard to focus on Kid Silk Haze, aka Crack For Knitters.

Pattern: Mohair Bias Loop by Churchmouse Yarn & Teas.
Yarn: Rowan Kid Silk Haze, color 5221 Meadow; 302 yds in stash.
Needle: Knitter's Pride Bamboo US#11 circ.
Notes: The pattern calls for 350 yards, but I had only 302. To compensate, I used a needle one size larger than called for in the pattern and cast on 72 st instead of 84. The cowl is almost big enough to wear around my shoulders as shown on the Rav pattern page. Kym made this cowl a couple-four years ago, and I was fascinated by the idea that she could wear it around her shoulders. Knowing that I had about a skein and a half in the stash, I resolved I would make it… someday.

The Yarn Harlot calls KSH "crack for knitters", and I can see what she means. This stuff is light as air, soft as a kitten, and knits up into a delightfully warm garment. When I started the cowl, I was a bit skeptical about knitting with a yarn roughly the same diameter as [thin] sewing thread. But I got used to it — even Kitchenering the stitches together at the end went smoothly! — and I love the finished product.

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0 Responses to Knitting from stash.

  1. Mary Lou says:

    I like like to think of KSH as the bacon of yarn, it makes everyone better. Great carry along with other yarns, as if you need support in getting more…

  2. Kim says:

    That is SO pretty. I was looking for airy scarf patterns yesterday — I want some Summer jewelry with drape.

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