I have to admit that I am a bit of a snob! I LOVE lovely yarn. I admired the yarn from Louet called Mooi first because its name means 'lovely, nice, yummy' in Dutch. This yarn contains 70% bamboo, 15% cashmere and 15% bison. I had the opportunity to pick up a small order and I chose a few colours in the lace weight and a slightly larger selection of the Sport weight.
A few skeins sold and I made a sample shawl, but at $45 and $30 a skein it really was too expensive for most knitters.
During March Madness I decided to put them all on sale. They still sat. Then I found Peasy a lovely sweater on Ravelry. I had 6 skeins of the aqua. The pattern said I would need 680 - 1200 meters I had 780. (I am not the small size ) I took a chance and decided that I could cheat a little and make the sleeves shorter. It is a top down pattern so I told myself (over and over) that I could make it work.
I began, it was clear I wasn't going to have enough to make the long sleeves. I made the sleeves to the elbow, each using one half of a ball. (I knit and then weighed the remaining on a scale to be sure they were even.) Still it was not going to be enough. I played with the idea of using a contrast colour for a colour detail for the bottom. (but it wasn't what I had in mind) There was a skein of laceweight, actually there are 2, I was saving those for something else. I decided that if I doubled the yarn and used it for all of the garter stitch details I would have enough.
I finished the sweater and tried it on. It was about an 1" - 2" shorter than I would really like. The sleeves were a funny length. I ripped back all the garter stitch, the two button bands and the bottom border and shorted the sleeves then re-knit the borders on the sleeves. Using every inch of the frogged yarn I was able to add about 1" to bottom of the body and re-knit the garter stitch bands and bottom edge. It blocked beautifully. I found some lovely buttons in my button collection at home.
It's lovely and perfect.
You don't really even want to know what its actually worth.