Ok, what do you do with that perfect bulky weight handspun yarn you just spun up/got in the mail/found at a fair? You want to make sure it is something special and that none of it goes to waste. Small handspun yarn projects are the perfect quick project- unique, small enough to take to the beach in the summer, lightweight enough to not be hot while working on it, and a great looking finished project.
Before you choose your project consider:
-Crochet will take up more yarn than knitting usually.
-If you worry about cutting it close, start at the top of the project (like for a hat), you can always finish the bottom edge in another yarn and call it trim.
-The type of yarn- really thick yarns or yarns that change texture will not make the best socks or slippers but will make a great neck warmer. Likewise, a really fuzzy handspun angora yarn will not fare well on high wear areas like the palms of gloves.
-I am assuming here you are working with a bulky weight handspun with some texture- thick and thin, boucle, coils, items spun in, etc. Pretty much any of the bulky weight yarns in my shop fit the bill.
Less than 50 yards of yarn:
1 Drop stitch scarf knit over 5-6 stitches- the drop stitches are made using yarn overs. The drop stitch shows off the handspun yarn and stretches the yardage.
2 Loosely knit beanie
3 Neck Warmer
4 Ipod, or cellphone cover- use smaller needles than you would for a scarf.
5 Belt or sash- you can thread a button directly on to the yarn on one end to eliminate the need to sew it in place, just add it in as you knit or crochet.
Less than 100 yards of yarn:
1 Wristlets with thumb opennings
2 Loosely crocheted hat
3 Scarflett- even in plain knitting or crochet it will look lovely. If knit on really big needles you can pull one end through the other like a keyhole scarf without needing to knit in the keyhole!
4 Small purse or Kindle cozy- use smaller needles than you would for a scarf.