I've got a name for this venture: Early Bird Special. Why? Because I got the stitch design and yarn before anyone else in the world! That's what I call special. Check out the swatch I finished over the weekend. Isn't it gorgeous? I love the cables and I plan on encrusting my cardigan with them. I'm been wanting to knit an aran cabled sweater for years and now's my chance. Even better, I'm going to design it using my exact my measurements. How exciting!
Look how pretty the sleeve will look with that main cable running up the arm. Moosie likes it, too.
Kraemer Yarns. Kathy kindly sent me the remainder of her skein so I could swatch in advance of next weekend's class. My only regrets: the lackluster name and mega-dated looking label. Kraemer, if you're out there watching, I am a freelance graphic designer, marketing expert, and avid knitter and I'm looking for work. Please hire me to market your yarn. I could make all the difference. You need me!
But regardless of the marketing, the good news is that there is an absolutely splendid new yarn coming to market. When Alpaca Handknitting Yarn lands in your LYS, go feel it - you'll fall madly in love, too. Here are the specs from the yarn-inducing label:
- DK weight
- Approximately 220 yards
- U.S. Needle #6 (I used #5 for my swatch)
- 23 sts = 4 inches, 5.75 sts = 1 inch
- 70% Alpaca, 30% Merino
- Made from North American Alpaca blended with Merino woo
- Hand wash, dry flat
- Made in the U.S.A.
- Alpaca Fiber Cooperative, 877-859-0172
My next project: this giant pile of red alpaca that currently lives on my dining room table as a constant reminder that I don't know what to do with it.