Have I shown you this? It’s my library of knitting/crochet books and magazines (with a few extra books spilling over from the “regular” bookshelves). Unused yarn lives in the woven bins; leftovers from previous projects live in the plastic bin on the table. This photo was taken a couple of years ago, and the collection of books AND yarn has only grown since then. As you can see, I have ample selection from which to choose for the Knit Your Library Challenge.
One of the suggested ways to handle this challenge is choose a particular book and knit your way through it. While I have a couple of books I’d be willing to choose for that method, my other focus this year is to knit from stash as much as possible. My process will be to choose yarn in stash and find a pattern that works with it. Here’s what I’ve picked out so far.
Stashed yarn #1: Blue Ridge Yarns Footprints, 300 yards of a main color and 100 yards of a contrast color, perfect for making socks with contrasting toes and heels. I bought this yarn while in Florida a few years ago for a family event. I needed to escape the family for a little while so I found a yarn shop. (Yarn therapy + retail therapy = miracle cure for family stress.) This project will help me achieve another goal, learning a short row or afterthought heel. The pattern that appeals to me most right now for this yarn is Dumbledore’s Warm Socks from The Unofficial Harry Potter Knits 2013 magazine.
Stashed yarn #2: Wild Orchids Fiber Arts Swiss Mountain Baby Camel and Silk, 437 yards of fingering weight gorgeousness I bought at Stitches South shortly after moving to Atlanta. This yarn is so special, I’ve had a dickens of a time finding just the right pattern for it. It’s too delicate for socks; besides, this shimmering sheen deserves to live in the light. Last summer I bought Interweave’s Warm Days, Cool Knits, and there it was, the Emmylou Shawl. Pretty and feminine and just right to show off this skein of fibery goodness.
Stashed yarns #3 & 4: The marvelous yet discontinued Rowan Plaid in the Lavender Mist (purplish) colorway, 1360 yards; and Moonlight Wave (bluish) colorway, 700 yards of beautiful bulky softness. The challenge with Rowan Plaid is finding a pattern in which the details don’t get lost in the multi-hued strands. I’ve found when using this in smaller projects that straight stockinette looks marvelous and big, simple cables work really well. The Galadriel Cardigan from Verena Knitting Winter 2009 is perfect for the lavender. For the blue, the yardage is pretty limited because I’ve used it for gifts several times already, including making a cardigan. Either the Hooded Cardi Vest from Vogue Winter 2009/2010 or the Cabled V-Neck Slipover from Debbie Bliss Fall/Winter 2008 will work best. I’ll decide between those two patterns when I get closer to actually knitting one of them.
Okay, four stashed yarns, four library patterns. That’s enough advance planning for one Saturday. I still have the Wildflower Cardigan to finish, plus a couple of other long-neglected WIPs that, truthfully, may or may not get finished before I start one of these new babies.