2007-04-11: A Productive Long Weekend

Sometimes you just need to hang out inside all day, wearing jammies and knitting

So I'm 2 for 2 in promised projects that have taken waaaay longer than their due date. Most people I know who like handcrafty things advise to never tell people up front that they're getting a present which relieves the issue of a due date. However, I find that the imposed deadline (even the horrifically overdue deadline or the impossible deadline) is a good motivator for finishing something, and I hope that the thought, intent, and niftiness of a handmade gift more than makes up for being (cough) six months late.

Thus finishes the saga of my dad's alpaca hat. I don't have many pictures of it in progress, but here it is in yarn stage:

Three balls of
alpaca yarn

The yarn is made from the alpaca fleece I bought at Amber Leaf Alpacas. The colours are all natural; the grey is a blend of the white and black. I prepared this yarn using my nifty minicombs and it was very easy to spin after combing (the combing part, though, was time-consuming and grubby due to alpacas' propensity for dust baths).

And here it is after I finished knitting it up (basically the entirety of my day on Easter Monday):

Photo of finished alpaca hat

I'm pretty pleased with it. It's very soft, warm, and comfy to wear. Here is the close up of the stranded colourwork pattern (just some simple triangles to make the zigzags):

Close-up photo of the hat

Just in time for the North American spring! Ha! (Well at least it's getting nippy here...)

Lovely hat! I'm sure your dad will love it. Any leftover yarn?

Lara rhubarbandcustard@mac.com 11 Apr 2007

Thanks! A few scraps are left, mostly the white.

ARJ roceal@jngm.net 12 Apr 2007