Sunday, February 28, 2010


Sometimes I buy yarn that has no purpose. It's just pretty. That yarn usually sits in my stash until I find a project for it. Sometimes I buy a yarn that does have a purpose: I have a pattern picked out already, and I plan on making it in that yarn. That yarn sometimes actually gets made into the project. More often, it also sits in the stash because I am lazy.

I have two balls of Rowan Kidsilk Night for this exact reason. They were on super-sale at the store I was working at, and I snagged two, hoping to make Ice Queen. And darn it, I was going to make Ice Queen. I was going to make Ice Queen even though I had no idea how to do lace and no matter how dumb I looked in a smoke ring.

I bought this stuff over a year ago. It is still not Ice Queen. Honestly, I don't think it will ever be Ice Queen. (I'm willing to bet I do look dumb in smoke rings.) So what does a knitter with unclaimed stash do? Find a new pattern for it.

That's one of the reasons I love Ravelry so much. You can plug in the weight and yardage of a yarn you've got and it will find patterns that work with your specifications. You can see if someone else has made an item with the yarn you're thinking of using.

IWTMT, meet Wisp. (Here's the Ravelry link.) Wisp is free. Like Ice Queen, it is also from Knitty and can be made with Rowan Kidsilk Night. Ice Queen has beads. Wisp has buttons. Ice Queen is a cowl. Wisp is a scarf. It's a toss-up, but I think Wisp slightly edges out Ice Queen for right now.

We'll see if I actually make it.


PurpleGoddess said...

I made the ice queen a couple years back for my mom and she loves it, it was my first foray into lace and beading, and the finished product is absolutely divine, VERY elegant. I think it depends on the look you're going for, but don't be intimidate by the Ice Queen, it's not as tough as it seems...and Romi, the designer has a thread just for q's on the ice queen that is incredibly helpful! Don't hesitate to ask me if you have any questions, too.

Jen said...

I appreciate your comment about your mom's Ice Queen. I have Kidsilk Night, which is already shiny, so I would probably not use beads if I made an Ice Queen. I checked out your Rav page and I see you don't have pics of yours up yet. I'd love to see it when you do!

Anonymous said...

You sound just like me about buying yarn sometimes for a project and sometimes not. It still amazes me that I want more yarn, I too wonder if I will ever make all the projects that I plan.

You'll know what to do with the yarn when the time comes, it will speak to you. I agree, though, don't be intimidated by a pattern. You can do it.