For day 11 of #blog12daysxmas
I am not buying any more yarn just because it’s a “bargain”! In fact I made that resolution last New Year and I think I have kept to it, but I have just one of my old bargain stashes to use up: three skeins of Naturally Naturelle 8 ply yarn in a dark grey charcoal colour.
The trouble with buying a bargain stash is that I usually don’t have enough to make what I would like to make. These are 100g skeins so I have a little under 600m of very nice wool, not enough for a vest, but I really don’t want to make a scarf or hats just to use it up. And then I thought about adding some other yarn…
I’ve been wanting to try some of the yarn from New Lanark Mills in Scotland for a while after sending away for their shade card about a year ago. They have DK, Aran and Chunky weight yarns in lovely tweeds, heathers and naturals, and the DK looks like a good match for the Naturelle.
Also, since my current New Year’s resolution is to knit through the yarn stash before I buy any more yarn, this would be a way to still get my hands on a little bit of new yarn while getting to use up some of the stash at the same time.
There are a couple of ideas in Jane Ellison’s Queensland Collection book 9. “Carey” is a cardigan knit in two colours of DK yarn and I would probably have just enough of the Naturelle for the contrast colour, but a better idea might be “Alvin”, a striped men’s vest in two colours with a contrasting stripe in a third colour.
With the charcoal Naturelle as the main colour there are several others that would work nicely and I reckon I’d only need four 50g balls for the second colour and one for the contrast stripe. At the moment I’m thinking Damson, a wine coloured tweed together with Denim, a heathery blue for the contrast stripe. Hmm….