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Scrap yarn challenge – can she do knit?

by Cynthia MacDougall

I make no bones about using up all my scraps, and I love a challenge. If you check out the Spring, 2017 issue of A Needle Pulling Thread (when it comes out), you’ll get a better idea of which I speak.

Once I had my article written for that issue (and it practically wrote itself), I was issued another challenge: to take the left over Universal Yarn from 2016 blog posts and make stuff with them.

This is going to be fun, so follow me on this week-long journey to get ideas you can use to use up yarn scraps!

This is the contents of the package I received by mail:

From top left: Bamboo Bloom in a soft pink colorway, Rozetti Cotton Gold in blue and off-white, a skein of Java (hemp), two skeins of Classic Chunky wool, one in white and one in pewter, Naked Sock in the Ocean colorway, Allegro in bright and deep reds, some DK that's a mystery, two skeins of Classic Shades Metallic in the Festivale colorway, and, in the middle, one ball of DK Tweed in Walnut.

So much to do! My challenge is to take these different Universal Yarns and turn them into fun-to-do projects. Let’s go!

Let’s determine what we have:

98.5g of the green/purple/blue sockweight, which is Naked Sock, which was reviewed by Charles Voth in December (link to Dec. 19 post) will go nicely with the

89.0g of variegated reds, which is Allegro, also reviewed by Charles that same week in December. Both these yarns work with size 2 [2.75mm] needles.

A partial ball each of Allegro sock weight, and Naked Sock.

Allegro, left, and Naked Sock

The light purple and variegated purple/ pink/ white look like a match, and I have

103g of the purple and

62.5g of the variegated.

A ball of lavender Double Knitting weight yarn with a ball of white/ pink/ lavender variegated beside it

I’m pretty sure these balls are Uptown DK

Bamboo Bloom in the Rice colorway -- a soft, fluffy pink roving is plied with a strand of natural (off-white) rayon

There’s enough of this soft pink to make something frothy for a winter coat.

There are a total of 252g of the Bamboo Bloom, rice colorway, size 9 [5.5mm] needles.

Two balls of Classic Shades Metallic in the Festivale colorway, which has two shades of purple, one bluish and one redish, a soft beigey-brown, and mustard gold

The metallic fleck in Classic Shades Metallic is quite subtle.

200g of the Classic Shades Metallic, in the Festivale colorway, size 8 [5mm] needles

Deluxe DK Tweed is a dark brown yarn with soft, white flecks in it

The dark brown color of this ball of Deluxe DK Tweed would make a manly project!

100g of the Deluxe DK tweed Superwash. The color is Walnut, and the recommended needles are 6 [4mm].

A ball of Java in deep purple

Java is a 100% hemp yarn. Hemp has natural anti-bacterial qualities, and it dries faster than cotton, which makes it ideal for kitchen and bathroom use.

100g of the Fibra Natura Java hemp in Purple Crush, with recommended 6 [4mm] needles — pretty sure I know what I’m going to make from this!

A skein each of Deluxe Chunky 100% wool yarn in off-white and grey

Oooh! TWO skeins of a very soft, lofty, chunky wool yarn in natural fleece colors. I’m feeling something Fair Isle coming on!

100g each of the Deluxe Chunky 100% wool, which is beautifully soft, and calls for size 9 [5.5mm] needles.

A ball of black acrylic yarn in the back, with a partial ball of Rozetti Cotton Gold in blue on the right, and a scant few grams of off-white on the left.

The two balls of Rozetti Cotton Gold in the foreground are leftovers from my blog posts in November. I have great plans for them that involve the black acrylic double-knitting in the background, also leftover from another project — two, actually!

There are 35g of the blue Rozetti, for which I definitely have plans! There’s a scant 5g of the off-white and the black, but that’s enough to do something similar!

Now, we only have four days left in the week, but I’ve got enough scraps for eight projects. Whatever will I do?

This is part 1 of 5 in this series.


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