The DeStash Diaries, Vol. 16 — Wish Upon a Yarn

November 30, 2010, 14:24 pm  Posted by needlearts

Happy Tuesday. I’ve finished two knitting projects in the past few weeks (this is pretty major for me) and I’m looking forward to a winter of knitting near my toasty woodstove(s). I have some yarn in the stash that I really, really want to work into something fabulous over the next few months. I had some fun on Ravelry daydreaming about what I could do with a few of these amazing yarns.

High on my to-use list (similar to a to-do list, in many ways) are these Habu stainless steel yarns, blended with either silk or wool. I bought some cones several years ago and have knit many a swatch but was never satisfied enough to cast on for real. There are 738 projects listed on Ravelry made from the incredible silk/stainless yarn, including everything from the famed Kusha Kusha scarf (download the pattern from Purl) to votives to lots of jewelry; I’ve been thinking about several possible jewelry projects, as a matter of fact. If you want to check out some of the hundreds of projects shown on Ravelry, well here you go. (Note that you’ll need to log in to Ravelry to make the projects links work.) To see my variation on the Kusha Kusha swatch, click on the photo to enlarge; the other swatch is a cable I tried.

Prepared to be completely overwhelmed by the next thing I’d like to use from my stash, this Noro Kureyon. This celebrated yarn has been worked into 27,352 projects posted on Ravelry. Wow—my skeins are in good company, right? The colorways of Noro are legendary (subject of books, even). I worked up this rather big swatch in slipstitch rib to see how it would felt, and it’s lovely—thick and warm. I think I may just open up a buttonhole (it’s felted tightly enough to let this happen), add a funky button, and make a little neckwarmer for the winter. What do you think?


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