My solution? Take the art yarn to your local yarn shop and make some friends! I am currently volunteering at Iron Horse in Natik, MA 3-4 days a month and this has given me the perfect opportunity to see how my yarns fit in with the commercial yarn market.
Below is a ball of yarn that I spun while at Iron Horse last Thursday. I walked it around the store to find some friends for it and get an idea of what type of project a typical knitter would make with it. I ended up surrounding it with multiple options including Berocco "Flicker", "Ultra Alpaca", and Noro. I could immediately imagine that combination of yarns as a stunning beachy table runner with handcrafted glass beads on the ends.
3 Pond Street, Natick MA