These hats are now washed and blocked and ready to give as a gift. They are soft and squishy, however, because this yarn (see 2 blogs down), even tho it is 100% acrylic, will require a little bit of special care. It can be washed in the washing machine on gentle and cold water but, it can’t go in the dryer, it must be laid flat to dry, and they took a full day and night to dry (maybe because of the weather or because they are so thick), would be less time I’m sure if you put a fan on it during the day. That might be a problem for people who aren’t familiar with knitwear care. So I will reserve this yarn for family and friends who are knit worthy :P. The friend, who these were made for, is knit worthy, but because she is a busy nurse I hope this won’t be a pain for her. Her babies will be warm tho :).
Now to work on a hat for my daughter out of some hand spun alpaca.
These are the cria that were born on my son’s alpaca farm last month. They are so cute, I was able to go see them today, so little!! They are enjoying a shower from the hose on this very hot afternoon. **Correction on the cute white faced cria, her name is Liza not Liz :)**
I do my best, but my photography skills lack so much :P. I purchased a new set of stitch markers for my sock knitting from a pod-caster I listen to, the Knitting Samurai and Her Guys. These are so cute and she even has a little tag on one of the stitch markers so I can remember where the beginning of my row is in the round. The progress keeper is the colorful sheep that is covered in balls of yarn and it is sooo cute, it is now my favorite progress keeper. Her shop is AdoreKnit on etsy. She has soooo many cute stitch markers at a very reasonable price :).
Ok, I finished spinning on Thursday but didn’t have time to ply until today. It’s offically yarn :). It is soooo soft. It came out about 16 wpi (“wraps per inch” for those who are yarn impared :P) that is, depending on what chart you use, fingerling to sport weight and I’m gonna call it sport weight, and this skein is 224 yards. I was worried that I might over ply but I didn’t and it is luxurious to handle. You can see one of the spools of singles and the fiber on my August 17th post.
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I’ve put this picture up so you can see the twist. I’m pretty impressed with the results of this Cria Alpaca yarn. I will need to buy some more of the fiber tho, as this was not enough for a shawl or capelett, it used about 4 of the 6 ozs. I will need to spin probably 1 & 1/2 to 2 more skiens. It will be a pleasure to spin more but I’m sorry that I have to wait to knit it up :P. Maybe I’ll knit as I spin to urge me to spin more frequently to finish :).
I purchased this wonderful roving from Deer Trace Farm in Fayetteville, TN. They don’t appear to have a website so if you are interested in contacting them regarding some fiber just email me and I will hook you up with their email addy and/or phone number.
Oh yeah, I got to watch the Dallas Cowboys play yesterday evening (still indoctrinating my 3 year old grand daughter to be a Cowboy fan :P.) They won, I wasn’t sure they were going to, they certainly did not have it all together the 1st half and were down by 2 touch downs, but then they revved it up during the 2nd half and won. But then they have always been known as a 2nd half team. 🙂
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This is the Wisp shawl. I made it a little wider than the pattern (I think the pattern was probably written for someone who wears a size 6 :P.) I put ribbon around the neck line so it wouldn’t fall down. It seems tho that you button the short button side to the long side or you can put ribbon in the neck line (which is only woven in and can be adjusted to fit) and button the top button like I did for a more traditional style cape type shawl. Hope my friend will enjoy this :).
I have started spinning my beautiful and extreemly soft baby alpaca roving. I can not reiterate enough, how soft this stuff is!!! I’m gonna love the capelet I make with it. Searching for patterns now. 🙂