Can you believe that it's March 6th already? This is the last IWTMT before my giveaway ends on Saturday, so I thought I'd do something a little different. Instead of posting one pattern, I'm going to post several that I think would work with the giveaway yarn! That's where the YWTMT! part of the title comes in: maybe You Want To Make That? The lucky winner may have a pattern in mind already, but if they don't hopefully this will help them brainstorm. (And since I have a sister skein, it won't hurt me to look either!)
Now, I haven't actually swatched with the yarn, but I'm assuming it's fingering weight, so let's just go with that. Assuming I'm not an idiot, you should be able to complete all these projects with one skein.
Need a reminder of the prize? Okay!
Purchased at the VT Sheel & Wool Festival in October. Sold by the Biltmore Wool Barn.
Superwash Merino Wool
Now onto the IWTMTs!
In the sock category (being a superwash yarn, socks seem like a logical next step), we have Knitty's Skew (Rav), a free pattern. I'm sure we're all aware of how tempting variegated yarns are in the skein, and then you start knitting with them and they pool horribly or just don't look good. I quote from Skew's Rav page: "Handpainted or self-striping yarns are particularly suitable for this design, as they will highlight the unusual stitch direction flow."
Skew is knit on the bias. I think. Just look at it. It looks cool.
If socks aren't your thing, maybe you'd go for a scarf. Arlene's World of Lace has a really interesting scarf called Not A Drop (Rav), which is purchasable (but don't ask me how much it costs in US dollars).
I took the liberty of tracking down a few done in variegated/non-solid yarns, so you could see how much the pattern breaks them up. I think each one looks lovely.
Maybe you're a fingerless mitt fanatic like me. And, like me, being a fanatic means you love fingerless mitts but you don't actually really have any, so you need to make some. Have you seen the Nereid Fingerless Gloves pattern (Rav)? It's based on the Pomatomus sock pattern, but I think I like it better as mitts.
I love hunting down those examples, so check these out. So interesting!
Now for the last YWTMT!, I have a shawl pattern in mind. You may have heard of it. In fact, you may have already made it. Multnomah (Rav) is a free PDF download from Hello Knitty. Shawls can sometimes be iffy in variegated yarns, but I haven't seen a variegated Multnomah I didn't like. Like this one. Or this one. Or that one. I think you get the point.
I hope you got some good ideas for stuff to do with the prize yarn, or yarn of your own! Well, that wraps it up for -- oh, crocheters, put down your hooks. I'm just teasin', I didn't forget about you. It took a bit longer to find a crochet pattern I liked, that's all.
If you crochet, why not try this Sunflower Satchel? As far as I can tell you have to purchase it through Ravelry, but at $3.50 I think it's a steal. If you're not on Rav, here's an example of what it looks like. So pretty!
Okay, that's seriously it. Phew! I'd like to thank all the unsuspecting bloggers I've linked to today. I hope you get some traffic from me! I'm sure I'd mess up the HTML (plus I'm lazy & it's time to eat), otherwise I'd list them all instead of just linking them.
There will probably be another post or two before the giveaway ends, so keep those comments coming and good luck!