Yesterday I finished a very warm, beautiful cowl made out of Plymouth Yarn Baby Alpaca Grand Hand Dye 002. The pattern is called Kato Cowl, by Rae Ann Vandeputte. Her pattern is shown with some beautiful buttons, but I think I’ll be getting some shawl pins, or using some of my scarf pins, to add to the cowl. I got the yarn during a visit to Seattle for a family funeral this summer and found Main Street Yarns in Everett, WA. Unfortunately for them, it was the first day of their going out of business sale. However, I took advantage of the sale and got 4 great skeins of yarn and a set of Kollage knitting needles.
This alpaca yarn is quite squishy and soft, but once I got it worked up and sewn into the cowl so I could try it on, I found it a little bit itchy. I'm going to get some wool wash and see if that makes an improvement. Otherwise, I’ll be wearing it with a turtleneck!
I can't believe I actually used something out of my stash in the same year I purchased it! This knitted up so quickly, I think it's the fastest I've ever done a project! I might have to make these for Christmas gifts!
I started a top down felted slipper pattern yesterday to keep me busy on the bus. I’m having trouble with it, though, I’ve ripped it out about 5 times now; the right side is supposed to be on the OUTSIDE!
Sigh. I’ll get it, though.