…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!