Ever wondered what to do with your left over sock yarn (as little as 15gms)? Or some handspun that you just don’t have enough of to do anything with (like about 45gms)? I've got so many spare skeins hanging around.  Some are experiments that worked, some didn't make the grade.  I wondered what to do with them, and with Chirstmas coming, what better way to use them up, then on gifts?

A study in Calorimetry kept me busy and helped me use up some of my left over yarn, both hand-spun and other yarn. Not Calorimetry, but Knitty’s Calorimetry.

I present 3 pieces of the experiment




Exhibit A - the Lilac and Purple Item

Calorimetry pattern (cast on 120 stitches)
Yarn used - Aurora 8/43gms
Needles - 3.5mm/US4
Circumference when stretched/worn = 56cm/22inches
Modifications - NONE
Verdict - hmmmm, fits nicely (if anything - a little loose), but certainly too wide.

Exhibit B - as shown below


Yarn used - 20gms of left over sock yarn/12gms
Needles - 2.5mm/US2
Modification - none
Circumference when stretched/worn = 50cms/19inces
Verdict - really like this one - but would probably add another 16 stitches when casting on just to make it a little wider.

Exhibit C - some of my hand-dyed 5ply.


Yarn used - 5ply that I hand dyed/12gms
Needles - 3.5mm/US4
Modification - 88 stitches
Circumference when stretched/worn = 47cms/18.5inches
Verdict - too small for me but perfect for Kaela. To make an adult size I would cast on 120 stitches.

Exhibit D - some of my Hand-spun slubby yarn


Yarn used - my hand spun - merino and red kid mohair locks/40gms
Needles - 4mm/US 6
Modification - 100 stitches - 6 repeats
Circumference when stretched/worn = 60cm/24inches
Verdict - really nice - it’s a keeper.

I really got on quite a role with these - they are rather addictive too.  It's hard not to rummage through your stash looking at all your left over yarns in a new light.

And what a great way to go through my button collection and find buttons to finish them off.



I think that the best way to approach this project is with fun and experimentation.  Try one - see what sort of result you get, and then add or subtract stitches for your next one.  They really don't take long to whip up and are heaps of fun. 

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