I don't like orange much, I didn't have much orange yarn or fibre, so I decided to use up what I had.
This is Sally Melville's Universal Vest a wonderful garment, it has pockets and is becoming to all body types. It also shows off handspun very well. Notice the brown stripe on the front and the edging on the collar. Didn't intend to knit this, I planned to do L'enveloppe and I know roughly how much yarn it takes, 670 g. garter stitch takes a lot of yarn.
I choose to use the neutral brown, to darken the blend and to bridge to useing brown if I ran out of the blend.
Spun the yarn from the batts across the top, which blended the colours nicely.
First skein, 2 ply both plys Orange
By this time I have changed the project I wanted to knit and I was in a hurry, I didn't weight these skeins.
Then I looked at the Pattern, what can I adapt to allow for running out.
Sally writes to knit one pocket first, I didn't, I did the pockets last. In solid brown, they don't show.
The vest is knit from one side to the other, I used a couple of the orange skeins on one side, and the back then I did the the other side useing the brown and orange and joined then useing a Cowichan cast off in the 2 ply brown, that's the brown stripe. It makes a good decorative element.
Saved a skein of the orange and brown 2 ply for the collar, That collar is ideal for playing yarn chicken, It could be done with something quite different if you wanted.
But I still ran out of yarn, I could have stopped when I ran out, an other yarn chicken method but I wanted the full, full collar, and next time I will knit it even longer. Cast on enough stitches to give the width I wanted and garter stitched all the way to the other side of the collar, Knitting 2 together to join. Then I did the pockets.
Using the Brown in the orange blend, and then in the 2 ply orange and then by itself as a 2 ply works, draws the whole thing together.
Total weight is 650 g or 23 OZ, I don't know how much the metallic fibre added to the weight.
I wish I had weighted the parts, fronts, back and collar, the proportions would be handy to know.