18 January 2013
On The Needles January 18, 2013
Two projects! Count 'em. Do you recognize the yarn in the top photo? It's that 100% alpaca used for the Mama Bear Sweater. Now that was a bad decision. This yarn happens to be a DK weight and the sweater called for worsted. To make matters worse, alpaca grows. By the end of the day this sweater was halfway down to my knees, no joke. It didn't help that the sweater started out too big because I made the wrong size. So I frogged it. The dilemma was to come up with something to make using a lot of yarn and not worry that it stretched. Since I needed a lightweight, but warm, blanket in the camping trailer I decided to knit one. I also realized that I had 2 different dye lots, so I've been working stripes. See them? This alpaca felts wonderfully, so I've been doing spit splices as I go. I do believe I've landed on the perfect project for this yarn as it is keeping me wonderfully warm as I knit.
And these are the ever-present socks. I couldn't haul the blanket around so socks got cast on and I only seem to work on them away from home.
I'm linking up to JudyL at Patchwork Times.