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Friday, August 23, 2013

Galler Alpaca

I love it when Joseph Galler sends us boxes of yarn.  The lovely alpaca inside tells me it's time to start thinking about fall knitting.
The Peruvian Tweed, in particular, makes me want to cast on for a big, snuggly wrap.  Maybe Mara (freebie from Madelinetosh), or the November Ruffle Wrap from Kate Jackson's Ravelry shop, or the well-loved A Little Ruffle from Jennifer Lang.
I would recommend a pretty simple stitch pattern for this yarn, as the halo from the alpaca will probably obscure any lace or cables.  The marled colorways will really look their best in a simple stitch pattern, too.  Each skein contains almost 600 yards of light worsted/DK weight buttery soft alpaca, so you get some serious bang for your buck.

If you like your alpaca a little more refined, the boxes from Galler contained something for you, too.
The rich colors of the Heather Prime Alpaca always take my breath away.  I see this as a sport weight alpaca, although the label, website, and Ravelry all seem to think different things.  Either way, you are getting 660 yards in each of these hefty skeins, enough to make a sizable scarf or about a Groovy?  What a fabulous gift that would know I love mine.
One skein should be plenty for a kid or baby sweater, and two will make a medium adult-sized sweater.  The colors are so rich and varied, it is difficult to do them justice with a photograph.
Come on by the shop to truly appreciate these beautiful yarns and get ready for some fall knitting!

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