Day 15: What was your least favorite pattern and why?
I take this question to mean ‘of the things you’ve knitted’. Because there are some scary patterns out there that I simply chose not to pursue. But maybe if I’d tried them I would have enjoyed them? Who knows! Also, any pattern that gives me too much trouble, I usually frog.
Since I just mentioned Unbiased, I’ll note that the bag that results is not super usable. I looked at the comments of others and made some adjustments to mine to make it better — mostly I knit the panels to be taller and more narrow, so that the gap where the button is was more than 2” from the bottom of the purse.
It still ends up far too shallow when you try to actually put things in it. But I don’t really want to say that’s the “worst ever”. I mean, it looks cute, right?
So to be fair, I’ll also say I had trouble with the French Market Bag felted pattern. The shape didn’t come out at all like what I saw from the pattern, and the handles were placed weirdly so it bunched like a square instead of folding closed like a taco.
I don’t even remember what happened to this. I think I gave it to my Mom (she asked for it before the felting was done) and she disappeared it somewhere. I don’t blame her at all.
Day 14: What’s the worst yarn/fiber that you’ve worked with and why?
Oh, worst is such a weighted word. :) Different yarns are good for different things.
I’m probably done knitting with Lion Brand Homespun for the rest of my life — but I made a lovely blanket out of if and I will happily use that blanket until it falls apart. (I don’t like how it feels in my hands, and it tends to unravel when cut. Also boucle, ugh. There are sometimes big ugly flaws in it, too — you can see one in the lower right of the blanket.)
Another difficult fiber is sari silk — so gorgeous in the skein, such a pain to work with. Slippery and heavy and not the tiniest bit of give to it. It’s really not any good for garments. I eventually turned mine into a bag (which desperately needs a lining).
Day 13: Do you have yarn that you love but can’t find a project for?
I have some black Mongolian cashmere from Jade Sapphire that I have been carrying around for almost a decade… but I don’t know if that’s so much that I can’t find a pattern as that once I use it, it will be gone and I won’t be able to pet it all the time anymore. So to be honest, I haven’t really tried to find a pattern for it.
Rowan Felted Tweed has given me some fits trying to find a good pattern — it’s felty and tweedy (obviously) but also really lightweight, which means it doesn’t drape well. I like the way it looks and feels but had fits trying to find a good pattern for it. I tried to turn it into a scarf, a hat, a baby sweater… luckily, it eventually ended up working very nicely as fingerless mitts.
As far as something still giving me problems… I have some Madeline Tosh Vintage that is a lovely antique lavender color, and so squishy soft. (What I have looks a lot more bulky than what is on the site — I don’t know if the yarn has changed since I bought it years ago?) I tried to make into a scarf and then a shrug, but it was too squishy for both these things. I am thinking I might try a hat/cowl set instead, but haven’t narrowed down a pattern.
Day 12: Where do you keep your stash? Post pictures!
I have a cabinet in my office/craft room/cat room. I took a photo last time I re-organized it:
The middle shelf is all yarn —the black box on the left holds scraps and leftovers, with tools on top and some bags of upcycled sweater yarn behind it, the black thing next to it is my convertible needle set, the orange and blue bag holds my sock yarn blanket & yarn for same, the plastic bin on the right is sock and laceweight yarn. The folder on the far right is printouts of patterns, though mostly I read patterns right off the internet.
(The top shelf is mostly cards and art supplies. The bottom shelf is project bags, a box of old cards and mementos, and some old tins that I always think I’ll use for something interesting.)
In addition to that cabinet I have another rubbermaid tub (18” high) which lives under the window — the cats use it as a seat. It holds mostly worsted weight yarns.