I must be a little strange when in the midst of hot summer with three digit temperatures and heat records; I am totally immersed in study of alpacas and their luxurious fiber. I dream about having a small alpaca farm, listening to the sweet noises they make, dreaming about having few of the sweetest animals and the best time working with the fiber they give…. I am stopping right here as I could go on and on.
So, in order to satisfy my newly found obsession, I went down to Castle Rock and visited a small charming store that sells just what I am looking for, “Everything Alpaca”. It was recommended to me by a lady obsessed with yarns and fibers just like me. She said I just have to go there.
Store is operated by Deb, who is an actual alpaca breeder. Not only you can see the yarns and touch the handmade products from this awesome fiber, Deb will talk to you about the animals themselves, the different breeds and show you which skein of yarn came from which award winning animal.
Sure I knew about alpaca yarn for some time now and sure I can buy it almost in any yarn store. But, there is a difference buying it from the very origin where it’s known which animal it came from and when some of the yarn is handspun by local artisans who share the same love of yarn as I do. It is as authentic as it can be for a city person like me. I did not want to get it from the store that is supplied by skeins mass produced in large quantities somewhere in other country. I feel it would be a disgrace to the animal who gave us such a gift. I feel bond to all the hands on farmers and artisans who keep traditions alive.
Deb is fortunate to know many top notch knitters that produce all the magnificent pieces offered for sale in her store. In fact, I know where I am going to go looking for a wedding present when my next friend gets married. I will go see Deb and get for the new couple one of the softest warmest blankets made from alpaca fiber. And I will not have to be ashamed of the present as it will become their new family heirloom to cherish.
As I just read through the Spring/Summer 2012 Vogue Knitting magazine, I had their patterns for eyelet beret, lacy shawls and especially drop-stitch scarf freshly in mind. So when I saw the last two skeins of soft Blush hand dyed alpaca DK yarn on the shelf, I had to grab them. I knew just what they have to be turned into. It was a perfect match. I would not forgive myself if I did not put the exquisite pattern together with luxurious fiber in luscious yummy color and my great appreciation for the alpaca and left without them.
So here I am, knitting in the heat, enjoying soft buttery feel of the yarn and praising myself that I made my trip to Everything Alpaca. Yarn is very soft, two ply, not very tightly twisted. Color is great, very even dye job.
I am so going to show off later while wearing it!
Sections in between leaf designs-the ones that look like garter stitch- will later
be dropped. Some of the loops/stitches will be dropped and will unravel all the way down to the beginning of my scarf to create loose ladder-like airy areas separating leaf sections.
This is the pattern number 14 from the above Vogue Knitting Magazine.
I have but one regret; before I spotted my blush pink DK, Deb showed me the softest yarn from her prize winning black alpaca princess and I did not get it. I just did not have the right set of mind and vision on how to use this softest ever fiber. But now I keep thinking about it and that is a sure sign that I missed out on something good. I am going to call her tomorrow and have her send me a few of the ‘black princess’ skeins.
If you are interested in visiting Deb's store, look up her information on www.everythingalpaca.biz.