Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Summer Alpaca Knitting

We have had the perfect summer for knitting with alpaca — cool and damp. The alpaca was a lovely gift from Kelsey, who just finished a Fulbright scholarship in Peru and is next going to Ecuador with Kiva. Kelsey is a weaver and, based on her writing, made the most of her time in South America. You can read about her travels here.

She brought me three skeins of yarn from Sol Alpaca, 80% baby alpaca, 20% silk, 100 meters/50 grams. The blue is deeper and richer than in the photo.

I kept the scarf pattern very simple — stockinette and garter ribbing — to highlight the yarn. Knit on US5 needles. The finished size is 7 inches wide by 74 inches long.

Thank you, Kelsey, for the beautiful gift.