Sheared Bliss


FO Friday: Ragg* and Bone**
February 28, 2014, 8:00 am
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Rag and bone man, picking up the tin can,
Throwin’ it all in his donkey wagon.
Rag and bone man, coming down the street,
Come around here ‘bout every other week.

~ “Rag and Bone,” Gaelic Storm

Pattern: Iced

Yarn: Pure Luxury Organic Peruvian Alpaca by Cottage Industry (discontinued) in color 1 (cream) and 5 (gray).  I bought this yarn years ago.  I was a newish knitter and a friend from my knitting group had stumbled across a yarn store that was going out of business and selling off their inventory (on Ebay, maybe?).  New knitter me though “Ooh, alpaca, fancy!” and bought two bags of each of the three colors on offer (cream, gray, and brown) and then proceeded to do not much with it.  I made an Aleita Shell with the cream, which I loved and was very proud of.  Sadly, I finally had to admit that I never wore it because it was too short waisted and made me do the Picard maneuver so I passed it on to a friend who could wear it.  And so, I still had a large amount of brown and gray and a slightly less large amount of cream kicking around the stash.  When I decided to do Iced I did some swatching and some math (crazy, right?) and figured out that I got gauge if I held three strands together and I would have enough yardage if I used one strand of cream and two strands of gray.  *Ragg is a yarn formed of two strands of dyed wool and one strand of undyed wool.

Notes: I started this several years ago (ah, yes, here we go, it was definitely in the WIP pile over three years ago), finished everything except one and a half sleeves, stalled out, had a baby, blah blah blah.  I finally picked it up and finished it this winter and I’m so glad I did.  It’s super warm and comfy and I’ve been wearing it a lot.  Unfortunately, given the lag time between starting and finishing, I don’t remember a whole lot of details.  I seem to have used the US size 11 needles the pattern calls for and knit the large size.  I worked the bottom edge of the sweater and the cuffs in garter stitch to match the shawl collar because I didn’t like the unfinished look of curled edges that the pattern calls for.  I think those are the only real changes I made.  **I finished it off with hand carved bone buttons from here.



Fiberful Weekend

Well, I seem to be about two weeks behind on everything in my life right now so I guess it’s fitting that I’m writing about the Estes Park Wool Market about a week and a half after it happened.  So, two weekends ago I went up to drool over the fluffy things with Ms. Celery, CoworkerA, and NurseA (who’s in my fiber arts group).  As usual, there were many fluffy animals.

There was also much fluffy shopping goodness and some of it came home with me.

Sheep Tape Measure from Lantern Moon

Frabjous Fibers’ Black Diamond Bamboorino Top in Redwood Forest from Susan’s Fiber Shop

Neuquen organic merino wool yarn in green/gray colorway from Textiles A Mano

The tape measure and roving were birthday presents from CodeMonkey and the yarn was a birthday present from my Busia.  Thanks, you two!



It’s So Fluffy!
May 9, 2011, 9:17 pm
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Ahem.  Last weekend was the Great Western Alpaca Show and there was much fluffy cuteness.

"Look over there!"

The curly ones are suris.

The fluffy ones are huacayas.

Thanks to my amazing willpower, I did not bring this one home with me.

Alpacas are very intelligent and literate creatures. The show organizers posted these helpful signs to direct them.

Or perhaps they were just warning people so that they wouldn't be disappointed when they got upstairs and found no alpacas. Not to worry though, the other sign helpfully informed us that there are other lovely fluffy things upstairs.

The End



Estes Park Wool Market
June 14, 2009, 9:47 pm
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Today NurseK and I headed to Estes Park for the annual Wool Market where we met up with YogiK.

YogiK and NurseK bond with an alpaca.

It was a beautiful day and we got to see tons of fiber animals as well as some wonderful fiber, yarn, and other beautiful things for sale.  I could talk more about it, but let’s be honest, y’all just want to see gratuitous shots of cute animals, right?  Of course right.  On to the cuteness!

There were llamas . . .

There were llamas . . .

 

. . . and alpacas . . .

. . . and alpacas . . .

 

. . . and vicunas . . .

. . . and vicunas . . .

 

. . . and yaks . . .

. . . and yaks . . .

 

. . . and bunnies . . .

. . . and bunnies . . .

 

. . . and goats . . .

. . . and goats . . .

 

. . . and sheep . . .

. . . and sheep . . .

 

. . . man were there sheep . . .

. . . man were there sheep . . .

 

. . . lots and lots of sheep . . .

. . . lots and lots of sheep . . .

 

. . . you never saw so many sheep!

. . . you never saw so many different kinds of sheep!

 

This little fellow wanted to come home with me.

This little fellow wanted to come home with me.

 

Look how friendly he is!  Only $200!  Practically a bargain!  They only get to be about 50 pounds.  If we put a collar on it and tell everyone its a dog . . .  Yeah, CodeMonkey didnt buy that either.

Look how friendly he is! And at just $200 he's practically a bargain! They only get to be about 50 pounds. If we put a collar on it and tell everyone it's a dog . . . Yeah, CodeMonkey didn't buy that either.

 

So I didn’t come home with a sheep, but I did come home with a pretty nice little haul.

Thats May/June 2008 lace issue of Piecework, 2 ounces of bombyx silk in shades of purple, some Yarn Place Gentle cashmere/merino laceweight in a lovely rose color, and 4 ounces of bamboo/nylon/merino in turquoise, brown, green, and purple.

That's May/June 2008 lace issue of Piecework, 2 ounces of bombyx silk in "Iris", 50 grams of Yarn Place's "Gentle" cashmere/merino laceweight in a lovely rose color, and 4 ounces of bamboo/nylon/merino in "Dragonfly".

It was a great day, despite the whole not bringing a sheep home thing . . . 
Im an alpaca fan

"I'm an alpaca fan"