Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Socks and oddments of yarn


Small projects are a wonderful way to finish using all your ends of yarns hanging around the knitting basket or basket'ssss in my case. Hats, booties, mitts etc, using oddments can give a stripe effect due to the shade of each yarn. You can also hand dye the finished knitwear solid Black and you will never know that the yarns were from different batches. Use a good quality dye such as http://www.wcushing.com/index.html  I have ooodles of oddments and im sure i will never get through using them all up. (OOO' sounds like a giveaway) So far i have counted 5 baskets with ends, some weigh upto 400 grams each. They are way too special to put in the garbage after all they are 'Qiviut' and we put in a lot of hours and effort into making these wonderful yarns, i'm sure some savy knitter would get hours of pleasure out of  these yarns !
The socks above are knit with 50% qiviut/merino and the contrast is 100% buffalo/bison from oddments. Our 2 ply knit double makes for a heavier knitwear and the yardage is Excellent.
This is the contents from just one basket. A mix of 100% qiviut, 50% qiviut-merino, 50% angora-qiviut, 100% Buffalo, natural and dyed yarns. Weighs about 400 grams, mostly 2 ply's. The yarns are all from different batches as you can see there is quite a difference in the shades between batches and blends.

What would you knit with these oddments ?

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Followers of our blog, tell us what you would knit and we will randomly pick 2 winners .
You will receive 1 pack of oddments upto 400 grams.

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19 comments:

  1. I would knit a pair of legwarmers for DH, whose legs are almost always cold, and quite prone to cramping. If there were enough left, I would make my father a new sleeping hat. The last one I made is wool, and tends to feel itchy on his bald head.

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  2. I would knit a toasty warm shawl or bedjacket for my mother, who is in a retirement home, and always seems to be cold even when the heat is blasting!
    Carolyn carolyna1@live.com

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  3. I would knit a length wise linen stitch scarf ( using the ends as fringe).
    Perfect for New Zealand weather which is heading into wintertime.

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  4. I showed off my winnings from April at Knitting Group last night and everyone agreed that it was gorgeous. One woman said if she had just a bit of that yarn, she'd knit a little square and sew it to the inside of her jacket so she could pull it up to her face and rub once in a while. Then we all thought of knitting little softy swatches for kids affected by war or all of the natural disasters of late.

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  5. I think mittens are a great use of oddments. Yours would be especially beautiful in Scandinavian designs!

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  6. I think mittens are a great use of oddments. Yours would be especially beautiful in Scandinavian designs!

    Sorry for the double post, can't delete the first.

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  7. In true make do and mend style I'd knit a 1940s fairisle sweater:) All the different shades would blend in the pattern,a great way of using up oddments!

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  8. I'd use them for either fingerless gloves or a multicolor cowl or scarf. Beautiful!!!

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  9. If I had the chance, I would knit a hooded shawl, probably in your Fern Pattern, and mitts

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  10. I would make a vest. Lovely!

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  11. I have just discovered this fiber and i love it's softness. I am knitting my first qiviut scarf for my mother in a soft blue blend of qiviut/merino/silk, I have read that it is hypoallergenic, which is great for me as I see many beautiful scarves of wool but cannot wear them due to allergies. I look forward to knitting a scarf for myself.

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  12. I guess if I were to win some fiber I should have a name!!

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  13. 'suezoo, anoymous and Cecillia S....to part take you must be a follower of this blog or we will not enter your comment ! Please read the post again.....Thank you.

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  14. I would knit a couple of lacy, heirloom-quality scarves for my daughters. I'll let the yarn tell me how to play with the colors to best effect.

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  15. I would make a scarf or cowl, something that's going to touch the skin.

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  16. christine fomerasmithMay 31, 2011 at 3:43 AM

    I would knit a prayer shawl to help me through the rougher times we are in.

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  17. Oh the possibilities are endless! Something to wear next to the skin - gloves, legwarmers, hat, sweater, shawl - the possibilities are really endless!

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  18. I would make a striped hat for my husband, who spends the cold winters chopping and selling firewood with his brothers. He has always wanted me to knit him a qiviut hat.

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  19. I would make hats/helmets for my men :o) if there are leftovers I would make hub a pair of matching socks.
    sheryl: corgi's are cool

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