Finished Objects Friday!

Striped Newborn Hat and Socks

Yarn: Deborah Norville Simply Sock Yarn (wool blend) in Woodsy Green and Burgandy

Made on US size 1 needles 

   
Café au Lait Tam

Yarn: Peruvian Alpaca Yarn

Made on US size 5 16″ circular needle

  
    

Happy Friday!  

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WIPs on WIPs on WIPs

There is a lot going on in my project bag. I don’t know what is up with this week. My hands have wanted to dabble in a variety of things. Generally I am a pretty monogamous project knitter. However, some of these projects have emerged from my efforts to de-stash.

WIP #1- Striped Baby Socks

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Another pair of baby socks are on the needles. I swear my size 1 DPNs are going to be worn out by the end of the year. This time I am using the rest of my Debra Norville Serenity Sock yarn to whip up some striped footwear. Aren’t they cute? It is hard to believe people start so tiny.

WIP #2- Alpaca Heaven

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I began my secret project with the alpaca yarn I picked up in Peru and OH MY GOODNESS! Knitting with this yarn is like knitting with clouds! It is sooooo soft. I wish I had bought more so I could have a whole alpaca wardrobe.

WIP #3- Vibrant Textures Cowl

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Mix extra sock yarn and a desire to try new stitches and you get a pretty interesting result. I think I am going to try and get all the colors of the rainbow in this project (minus indigo). Only purple and orange to go!

Happy Thursday!

Alpaca, Alpaca, Alpaca

Picture it: I am re-entering the USA and the customs officer stops us.

Officer: “Where are you coming from?”

Me: “Peru and Bolivia.”

Officer: ” What was your reason for being there?”

Me: “Tourism”

Officer: ” Did you bring things back? If so what?”

Me: “Ummm gifts for family, yarn…”

Officer: “Okay thank you and welcome back.”

Yep that officer knew what is up. If you are into fiber arts and head to Peru it is pretty impossible to come home without some beautiful fiber in your bags. I managed to control myself and returned with only 700 grams of fiber (aka 14 balls of yarn). 🙂

I bought this lovely teal yarn in a local market. 10 skeins came in the bag and it was $35 for the whole thing! The label claims it is 100% baby alpaca, but I am pretty sure (after a good feel test) that it is an alpaca/ acrylic blend. Yet, who could resist this color and the price!

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The yarn is fingering weight so I’m thinking of making a light weight sweater such as Lila Light by Carrie Bostick Hoge.

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I also went to an Alpaca Fiber Factory in Cusco, Peru. Here the yarn was more costly ($65 for 10 balls at 50 grams), but certified 100% alpaca yarn. I ended up purchasing 4 balls for a secret project that I am working on. Don’t you love the cobalt blue? The colors really remind me of sea glass.

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On the trip, I also finished my Jaywalker socks. Ever make a project that made you say “Meh” afterward? Well this was one of them. It is not like they came our horrible, yet on the other hand I am not screaming with excitement about them.  I should have used a self-striping yarn when making these, however, the yarn store didn’t have any color combinations that I liked. In addition, I ended up not liking the yarn I chose. Typically I like Berroco yarns, but this one (Berroco Ultra Alpaca Fine) was super splitty. It made it super tough to knit with after a few frogs.  In any event, I highly suggest “fun” yarn when making this project.