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Lack of Yardage

March 28, 2013

I am a spinner, (hold back your shock please) and as such I often find myself in possession of hand spun yarn, (now you may gasp in wonderment.) This is wonderfully awesome, I know that some people spend quite a bit of money on this stuff, except it isn’t that great. I have a problem. I am at a complete loss as to what the heck I should do with all of this stuff. Most of my early attempts are, let’s just say loosely related to yarn. Through practice and perseverance, my more recent attempts resemble yarn a bit more and yet I am still at a loss of what to do with them. One big issue I seem to face is yardage, or rather the lack there off. I am ending up with only around 100-120 yards of a particular spinning project which leaves me a bit lost. I know part of lack of yardage comes from the fact that I am n-plying a lot of it, fine I realize that and moving forward I will attempt different methods, but my problem right now is what to make out of these smaller amounts.

For the most part cowls are out (sensitive skin and all that jazz) I don’t feel like I have enough to do a shawlette any justice, and so for the most part it just languishes in my stash. So for you spinners, and well anyone else as well, what do you do with limited amounts of handspun (or yarn in general) ?

P.S. Saying just check the ravelry database has been suggested and tried with little to no real luck, but thanks for playing.




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  1. I have this same issue! Add in the fact that I really am a sweater knitter at heart, and have no real desire to own more than one hat or pair of mittens, and I’m stuck too. I think it’s time to start knitting pillows and cozies for things around the house…

  2. shellssells permalink

    Maine Morning Mitts. I don’t know HOW many pairs of them I have from early handspun. And I do love them all.

  3. I was going to say non-clothy items as well. Pin cushions, purses, embellishments or borders/colorwork on larger items with solid yarn to spice it up a bit. Head bands, although they can itch at the back of the neck I find. Other than that, practise spinning thinner and less dense to get more yardage. Especially the latter.

  4. Cushion covers! – they make great presents. Also you could try keeping to one colourway when you’re buying the fibre. That way you can make shawls and things that have graduated colours but all in the same theme, like brown, cream etc.

  5. Hats. I’ve done a few hats with smaller bits of yardage. They are also fun to practice dyeing

  6. Early yarn makes great felted potholders. Knit them bigger than you think you want and then toss them in the washer with your next load of towels. (Depending on the fiber, they’ll shrink 30-40% and be nice and thick). I like doubleknitting for this – slip one, knit one on the way across, then on the way back knit the ones you’ve slipped and slip the ones you’ve knit. A nice garter stitch border holds it all together nicely.

    Also, for small amounts of yarn you might try lacy hats on big needles. Pick a lace pattern that you like and use a larger needle – the more openwork there is, the more “mileage” you’ll get out of your yarn.

    For future spinning projects, buy a larger quantity of fiber so you can make whatever yardage you want (although I’m sure you already thought of that).

    Hope that helps!

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