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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Brushed Alpaca

New yarns are rolling in, and we are seeing a few that have not been in the shop for a bit like the Plymouth Baby Alpaca Brush.
This pretty yarn has a nice halo for those of you who love that sort of thing.  It's a bulky yarn, too, so you don't have to knit with tiny lace weight mohair to get the softness and glow you desire.  I have not worked with this at all, but there are some really nice projects on Ravelry that totally inspired me.
Photo from Please Don't Eat the Daisies Ravelry shop.
The Cupido Cowl by Hiroko Fukatsu would be fabulous in the Alpaca Brush.  I would use a US 9 or 10 to get a nice big cowl with open stitches.  Two or three balls would do you, depending on how large you wanted it.  And the pattern is a freebie!
Photo from Jenny Stacey's Ravelry shop.
The fluffy halo of this yarn really lends itself to creature-knitting, too.  I can see a whole flock of alpacas, sheep, or maybe a few goats.  Definitely goats.
Photo from Kittyville Ravelry shop.
I'm pretty sure my girls would flip for a soft and fuzzy Kittyville Hat.  That chill in the air this morning reminded all of us that it's time to get knitting!

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