One of the yarns I purchased recently is this Icelandic singles from Frelsi Farms in Maine. I wanted to try some Icelandic, and in fact that was all I purchased at Rhinebeck: Icelandic yarns, Icelandic wool to spin, and more Icelandic yarns and some patterns. For this I blame Marcy, again, but that is a post for another day.
I had no plan when I bought these skeins;I just liked the colors. There were sample socks knitted with this yarn in the Frelsi Farm booth so I bought enough for socks. When I got home, I realized I could make glove covers for my plain (store bought) angora/wool blend gloves:
Details, such as they are, will go into my projects on Ravelry, but basically there is no pattern: cast on 48 stitches (US size 1 needles), knit until it's time to insert a gusset for the thumb, work until they are long enough, cast off, pick up for thumb and ta da: glove covers.
I made a pair of cashmere ones a few years ago, which I wear over my fingerless gloves:
I wear these while working in the studio in colder weather. My studio is a yurt, and there is a heater, but it takes a while. . . The place is, after all, a glorified tent.
3 ply handspun cashmere, over (purchased) alpaca fingerless gloves:
I guess having a little bit of stash yarn is a good thing: it certainly is quicker to knit up an idea when the yarns are sitting ready and waiting. Good thing my LYS is expanding (yay!) and just in time for Christmas. The question is: are those yarns that I am buying truly for gift making, or are they merely stash acquisition unchecked? :)