I had never used anything like this yarn, which I found over a year ago at a second hand store. My projects were always utilitarian, made from old fashioned worsted, because my skills don't justify the expense of fancier yarns. But the cost of this soft blue wool was reasonable enough to take a chance, and the six small skeins would probably be enough to make a nice scarf. But the yarn sat in a storage tote while I knitted and crocheted with worsted again last year.
Last week I decided to stop making excuses and just use it. I had bookmarked a pretty scarf made by the Selfish Seamstress, which she appropriately called the "envy scarf". The directions seemed straightforward, so I cast on and started knitting....and knitting....and...
It takes me a little more concentration to use this type of yarn and the lacy effect is not as pronounced as it would be with a plain yarn, but I really like the "nubby" texture. I've got about 12 inches done and with another 30 or so to go, I'll have a gift ready for the holidays. Shhhh, don't tell!
P.S. My November and December goals for Hip Mountain Mama's One Small Change Challenge are to make this a handmade holiday season, while keeping my use of resources down to a minimum. I'll be upcycling as much as possible!