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hedgewick
10-24-2006, 09:43 AM
Oh folks, here's the deal. I am a beginner knitter so I am not up to socks or mittens yet (dpn are scary). I'm constantly seeing these lovely single balls of yarn on ebay that are not a bad price. You know... the ones that are hand spun/dyed and look really great! Alas, they also look like they are too small to make anything with them. What do you all do with small balls like this? Was thinking of getting one and making a scarf as a christmas gift but I'm afraid of running out and hate to waste this nice yarn by adding something else to it. I can't really afford to go crazy with the yarn spending so this seems like a nice option if I can pull it off.

what to do...what to do...?

ebrperk
10-24-2006, 09:47 AM
Does it tell you how many yards are there? You can make a hat with about 200 yards or so of yarn. Or if it is less you could make a headband to keep your ears warm in the winter.

janelanespaintbrush
10-24-2006, 09:48 AM
Here's (http://www.amazon.com/One-Skein-Quick-Projects-Crochet/dp/1931499748/sr=8-1/qid=1161697645/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/002-6149084-7945641?ie=UTF8&s=books) a whole book on the subject.

Cristy
10-24-2006, 09:55 AM
That one skein book has the cutest little change purse in it that I keep thinking of knitting...

what about something like an ipod sock? They can be knitted as flat panel and seamed up the sides...

or...just hold on to it and use it later when you make a striped blanket or something that you need multiple skeins for...

or better yet....just buy it and fondle it...that's what I do... :roflhard:

cocoa
10-24-2006, 09:56 AM
Hi there,

Here's a few ideas.

http://www.knittingpatterncentral.com/directory/belts.php

http://www.woolneedlework.com/Free%20PatternFun/bath_mitt_928-431.htm

http://www.y2knit.net/Patterns/headband.pdf

http://www.craftyarncouncil.com/projects/july00_knitproj.html

http://www.knitting-and.com/knitting/patterns/hair/bow.htm

http://www.blackrayne.com/pages/batty.html

Dee.

Stiney
10-24-2006, 10:13 AM
DPN's aren't scary, they're WONDERFUL! Really, they are. I only started knitting this summer and I LOVE :heart: knitting in the round.

earthchick
10-24-2006, 11:48 AM
I think the scrunchable scarf (http://www.knitlist.com/96gift/giftsscarf.htm) is a great, easy, fast project that looks really beautiful with a handpainted yarn (much prettier than the picture in the link). If you have about 200 yards and cast on 20 stitches, you can knit a long skinny scarf about 6 feet long.

Brvfan
10-24-2006, 12:01 PM
When I started back knitting I made lots of scarves. I found they were a good way to learn to get the tension right. Also, had trouble with small needles (1,2,3) so I took a skein of self striping sock yarn and cast on 22 stitches on a size 3 needle and knit a long scarf. It came out great and looked like I did alot of work but just used self striping yarn. It was fun to see the stripes appear in the scarf and now I am very comfortable with the small needles which I use for socks.

Debby

Jan in CA
10-24-2006, 12:31 PM
You probably have enough to do one of those long skinny scarves that are so popular.

VictoiseC
10-24-2006, 01:05 PM
Well I've been making lots of things because I thought I would do crafts shows and sell things. (I did my first craft show last month and didn't sell anything! ha It was a bad day for all though)

But I make something I call my Lucky 7 scarves. Only 7 stitches but then really long. I like little scarves wound round and round the neck and then of course, you just stop when you run out. There are some picturs of them on this post if you want to see them.

http://knittinghelp.com/knitting/forum/viewtopic.php?p=269771&highlight=#269771

I often buy yarn on ebay, have got some great deals!

Hildegard_von_Knittin
10-24-2006, 09:55 PM
You could send it to me!!! :teehee:

knitncook
10-25-2006, 08:56 AM
You could send it to me!!! :teehee:

How come it took Miss Hilde 12 hours to think up sending it to her? :)

And I can't believe no one has mentioned *accent* on something - a hat, pair of mittens, ends of a scarf, edge of a shawl, cuffs of a sweater, etc.

Jan in CA
10-25-2006, 12:37 PM
I just saw another new "one skein" book! It's not out yet, but maybe it'll be a good one!

One Skein Wonders (http://www.amazon.com/One-Skein-Wonders-Judith-Durant/dp/1580176453/sr=1-2/qid=1161794159/ref=sr_1_2/104-2581605-3008712?ie=UTF8&s=books)

nadja la claire
10-25-2006, 12:54 PM
Oh folks, here's the deal. I am a beginner knitter so I am not up to socks or mittens yet (dpn are scary). I'm constantly seeing these lovely single balls of yarn on ebay that are not a bad price. You know... the ones that are hand spun/dyed and look really great! Alas, they also look like they are too small to make anything with them. What do you all do with small balls like this? Was thinking of getting one and making a scarf as a christmas gift but I'm afraid of running out and hate to waste this nice yarn by adding something else to it. I can't really afford to go crazy with the yarn spending so this seems like a nice option if I can pull it off.

what to do...what to do...?

No need to fear the dreaded dpns. They're not so hard Amy has a great video on them. I watched the video over and over until I got it down. You can also use 2 circular needles which by the way Amy also has a video on. They make small circular knitting very easy.

Nadja xxx

nikic
10-25-2006, 01:47 PM
I just saw another new "one skein" book! It's not out yet, but maybe it'll be a good one!

One Skein Wonders (http://www.amazon.com/One-Skein-Wonders-Judith-Durant/dp/1580176453/sr=1-2/qid=1161794159/ref=sr_1_2/104-2581605-3008712?ie=UTF8&s=books)

I love those kinds of books!

I agree, go see Amy's video on DPN's. It's really not hard at all. I taught myself just watching the video a few times.

kemp
10-26-2006, 12:06 PM
I'd have to vote for the skinny scarf

ecb
10-27-2006, 09:53 AM
fingerless gloves
I got this teeny tiny 10" circular needle just for things like that
36 stitches around on a #8 needle, and yarn up to fancy and softer Bulky
just make a tube of about 6-8 rows, then back and forth for 8-10 rows, then back to making a Tube for a few inches till its going to cover your wrists
then bind off, and make the match
I used less than one skein for any pair
it was a lot of fun

ecb