Well, for those who might be seeking someone to keep you warm at night or to take those long walks through the junk yard to find that perfect rear axle, I’m about to disappoint you. SSH is a Single Skein of Handspun who is seeking a Functional, Fun-Loving Pattern. How many knitters out there have looked longingly at a skein of “boo-tiful” handspun and thought, oh what am I going to do with that?! It’s just not enough to make a whole project. Never fear amigos! ~GG~ is here! (note how the tilde’s on my initials look like wings… I’m thinking Hermes, I’m thinking just flown in to save your creative butt… I’m thinking… did anyone get this reference?)
There are many things you can do with a single skein. You can make a headband, flower, pair of fingerless gloves, a hat, mini-scarf, toys, cowl, cuffs for a sweater, collar, kerchief, baby socks, mitts, or hat and many, many more things. What I prefer to do is blend my handspun with some commercially spun yarn (like Jill Eaton Merino or Brown Sheep to name a couple). So, in order to get your creative juices flowing, Here are 9 projects I’ve made out of 1 skein of handspun or less! For the sake of this post, I’m counting a single skein as 2-5oz and 25 – 220 yds, all ranges of yarn weight.
You’ll note that I’m showing you hats, fingerless gloves, a skinny scarf, and a cowl. I knit them on needles from size 3 to size 15! So, don’t limit yourself. What you really need to do is start playing around. Knit up a gauge swatch, estimate stitches and rows/ inch, rip it out, then estimate what you need to make the object of your desire. That means if you’re making fingerless gloves, measure the circumference of your wrist and the widest part of your hands. Estimate the # of stitches/rows needed for a comfortable fit (assume no ease provided you’re knitting a rib or a stockinette and that you aren’t a super, super tight knitter and things will likely work out fine). Then, off you go – start knitting, use a basic pattern book like one from Ann Budd to figure out a pattern. For me, all it takes is a little guidance and then I’m off patterns. I used to get in trouble for not following the instructions of a recipe. Now, I make up my own rules of the game when it comes to creating knitwear. It’s very freeing!