...when you have a spinner in the house and her accumulated stash of 10 years of spun roving that she just had to have? The answer of course is a lot of small and not so small skeins of colorful yarn that clog every nook and cranny in the house. One solution could be to insulate the walls with the yarn, but that would make the walls way too enticing for the mice that populate the woods around us. The only practical solution is for the knitter in the house to knit with it. And since winter is not too far around the corner in these parts of the world, the first item to be knit was a Ruana Style Wrap for the spinner. The original pattern was knit with Boku yarn by Plymouth. The pattern #1061 is probably the worst written pattern I have ever come across. The only redeeming factor was the schematic, but it too had its shortcomings since it did not contain the measurements of the finished piece. What to do? Forge ahead, of course with no particular plan, different yarn and different sized needles. Since not all yarn was of the same weight, I doubled yarn or combined yarn at times. The shrug contains Shetland, Alpaca, silk, a bit of the late Captain Crunch (a Romney and who knows what else mix), Blue Faced Leicester and some yarn from long forgotten sheep varieties. I used US 7 (4.5 mm) needles. The spinner loves the wrap and all is well with the world.
Knit on Merrily!