Sunday, April 24, 2011

Artsy Fartsy Yarns!

Have you fallen in love with a gorgeous, handspun art yarn, but hesitate to purchase it because 1) there doesn't seem to be much yardage or 2) it's, well, kinda of weird, or 3) BOTH!?! Something like this skein of orange and blue wool/mohair boucle blend.

Or this funky, bulky, multi-colored skein that's only 84 yards in length?

Hmmm, what to do!?! Well, check out a new book by Joelle Hoverson: More Last-Minute Knitted Gifts. (And, when I say, check out, I mean it. Run, don't walk, to your local library and see if they have it.This is a great follow-up book to Ms. Hoverson's Last-Minute Knitted Gifts.)

This new book has some great project ideas for that artsy fartsy yarn including the "Big Lace Scarf". This beauty only requires 123 yards and is knitted up on size 17 needles. It's featured in the section of projects that take 2-4 hours.

Another superb project in the book is the "Spiral Seat Cushion":
Ms. Hoverson bases her design on the knitted I-cord, but her project can be knitted in all one piece. Of course, there's nothing to stop you from just knitting up an I-cord in funky yarn and sewing it together a contrasting yarn/string. The possibilities are endless. This design inspired me to use some of my own funky, bulky yarn and crochet a seat cushion instead. Wonder how this would look felted?

I love it. Easy, peasy, quick, and oh-so handmade from some beautiful art yarn! Check out the book for a load of more projects!

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