The DeStash Diaries, Vol. 11 — The Perfect Yarn?

September 07, 2010, 16:11 pm  Posted by needlearts
Sidecar Jacket

The last sleeve

When I went to TNNA in 2009, I was captivated by the launch of Blue Sky Alpacas’ Spud and Chlöe line of yarn and patterns. I particularly loved the Sidecar Jacket, made with their Outer yarn, but I thought I might have the perfect yarn for the piece already in my stash. So it’s taken me a while, but this is the last sleeve you see here. It will be ready for fall! Before I could even begin to knit, though, I had to be sure I had enough of that yummy yarn to make the cute little sweater.


Basket o' stash

At a great sale at Earth Guild (which also does mail order, for those of you not in beautiful little Asheville), I’d purchased about 6 skeins of mossy green Christopher Sheep Farms bulky yarn. Thus the stash. The specs on the two yarns were pretty darn close, but the yardage per skein was very different. Did I have enough in the basket? I whizzed into Earth Guild at lunch one day to see if they had any more skeins, just in case, but no—the year’s supply was already gone. Little momentary bummer. So I did all the things you’re supposed to do when you’re substituting yarns—knitted a swatch, did the skein/yardage math thing, and to my delight figured out that I had plenty in the stash. Again, perfect. Fat bulky yarn is a dream, because the projects work up so quickly. My kind of knitting.

If you’re fretting over a substitution yarn, yarndex is a great resource. The sister site of yarnmarket, yarndex has profiles of over 5,000 yarns. For example, you can type in descriptors such weight, color, and fiber content, and then voila!, a gazillion choices pop up. When I entered  “green,” “bulky,” and “wool,” 588 yarns were displayed. Happy knitting, and welcome fall.


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