Defying Alpaca's Character



Alpaca is one of my favorite fibers to work with. It's soft long fibers mesmerize me to no end and I have made many a project with Alpaca. From the very first moment I started experimenting with Alpaca, I noticed how it slouches so beautifully and how it has some good weight to it. And its softness, oh my!

It was in October 2008 when I decided to knit a cowl made out 100% Alpaca. I wanted to feel its softness close to my neck while biking during a crisp not yet too cold Fall day and feel all warm and cozy and happy. So... I casted on with some 100% Misti Alpaca, knitted it up in 2 nights and was so excited to wrap it around my neck.

I was unpleasantly surprised when my much anticipated warm and cozy 100% Alpaca cowl just slouched down my neck and did not stand upright! I slapped myself on the forehead; of course it won't stand up! It is Alpaca Fiber! It slouches down!


Settling for an Alpaca/Merino Blend

  In the end I did make a cowl with Alpaca, however, I settled for an Alpaca/Merino Blend by Misti Alpaca. The design that came out of this was my design called "Kassandra's Cowl":


Still, I wanted my 100% Alpaca Cowl!

Dear reader, I cannot tell you how I cracked my brains to figure out how to defy Alpaca's slouchy character. It kept me up several nights in a row!

And then, suddenly, when knitting with some variegated 100% Alpaca, I figured it out...


Look! I found a way to make it stand up!


I was so happy about it that I decided that this pattern was going to be a pattern I would be putting out in the Fall of 2009!

Me and my graphic designers have been putting together a nice pattern and I also have had a photo shoot with a handsome male model. I am so very excited to introduce this pattern to you very shortly!

In a couple of days, you will see how it came out. So come on back here, okay?

See you then!


Where can you get the pattern

Where can you get the pattern for Kassandra's Cowl?

It's so good to see you

It's so good to see you knitting again!

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