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Ask the [Knitting] Hive Mind: What neck-thing would you knit with this skein?

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I have one (1) skein of Handmaiden Camelspin (70% silk, 30% camel), and would like to knit a neck-centric accessory with it and is soliciting suggestions.


So, I have this skein of yarn.

A single hank of Handmaiden Camelspin in Ecru, twisted for sale. Photo © Handmaiden Fine Yarns.Several years ago, I bought a skein of yarn at a shop in Worcester, Massachusetts.1 It’s made by Handmaiden Fine Yarns, the makers of one of my favorite yarns ever: Sea Silk (70% silk, 30% sea cell). As mentioned above, the yarn in question is Camelspin (70% silk, 30% camel). A dozen years or so ago, everyone was declaring that camel was going to be the Next Big Thing™ in the fiber world. To the best of my knowledge, that never really materialized.2 I remember finding some baby camel at a yarn shop in Delaware about a decade ago, and then have no recollection of seeing any more of it until I encountered a couple dozen skeins in Worcester. (more…)

Review: Lion Brand 1878 Yarn

If you’re a knitter (and really, if you’re reading this page, chances are good that you’re a knitter, or are just humoring me), chances are good that you know the anguish of balancing yardage and cost, especially when it comes to lace- or fingering-weight yarns. Lion Brand has come up with a fairly decent solution. Lion Brand 1878 Yarn provides you with 2,045 yards (!) of sock / fingering / baby weight yarn, for a very reasonable price. In my experience, 1878 provides great stitch definition, making it a great choice for lacework, and with the amazing yardage, you’ll probably be able to get through even the most complex shawl pattern without having to switch sources even once. The yarn is machine washable, but should not be machine dried. Hey, for about a penny a yard, you can’t have everything, right?

Available in a few colors from Amazon. (It’s even eligible for Prime, as of this writing!) A few more colors available from Lion Brand directly.