Friday, October 12, 2012

Fiber Arts Friday: For Me!

In honor of our first hard freeze last weekend and with the realization that I only have one hand-knit hat and it is not alpaca, I cast on a hat for me using hand-spun yarn from our oldest girl, Keyla.

Keyla with Willow

It was donated by her about the time we were just dipping our toes into the idea of raising alpacas and spun by a friend of our first alpaca-farming-mentors.

I thought it was the most beautiful yarn I'd ever seen and had dreams of making an Irish Fisherman's Sweater out of it.  Of course I had no idea then that there was no where near enough yarn for a sweater.  :-/

It has sat mostly quiet in my stash since then.

I decided a simple London Beanie would show off the character of the yarn best and give me the fit I wanted.

I've made this pattern so many times that I can almost do it in my sleep... exactly the sort of pattern I need right now.


I must say, it feels good to have been hit with a little inspiration and to be able to act on it.  :-)

Happy Fiber Arts Friday.

16 comments:

Cathy said...

I can almost feel the softness of your alpaca yarn, it's going to be very warm hat :) I've got some cria to spin up and I'm very excited.

Claire Davenport said...

Oooh, I'm a teeny bit jealous, I love alpaca yarn!

oak haven alpacas said...

beautiful!!

Lindsay Klik LaBella said...

Ooo, I love the look of that yarn. Should be a very soft beanie when done. I'm hoping I have enough of my alpaca for a sweater I'm working on.

Vivian said...

An alpaca hat sounds so lovely to work on and will keep you nice and warm too. You know you can knit a very small sweater and wear it as a hat? I think Knitters had a pattern for it years ago.

Alittlebitsheepish said...

The hat looks lovely and will be toasty warm.

My favourite thing about handknits is the stories they have that go with them.

Voie de Vie said...

I too love that yarn!!! That hat is going to be toasty warm and soft as all get-out. Thank you, Keyla. :)

Melissa said...

Your hats going to be so very warm.

Carol said...

As someone who is a big fan of alpaca and gets to wear her warm sweaters high up in the Sierras, I know that hat will come in handy and get alot of wear.

Spinster Beth said...

I can see the fluffitude in that yarn!

WonderWhyGal said...

The London Beanie seems to be my "Confidence" hat. Always helps me when I'm in a knitting hut. That yarn looks delicious to work with.

Chrisknits said...

You can just see the softness!!

city garden country garden said...

I love the London Beanie, I've knitted a heap of them, it's such a great pattern. I'm sure none of mine are as soft as yours in alpaca fibre though!

Heather Woollove said...

Oh, it's going to be soooo soft and lovely when it's gone! Sometimes it's wonderful to put your brain on 'auto pilot' and see what comes of it, isn't it?!? XO-

AllyB said...

I knit a hat last year with the leftover yarn from the Big Ass Sweater...Berrocco Ultra Alpaca...it is so nice and warm. Your hat will be beautiful and toasty. What you have done so far looks very nice. Stay warm and have a great weekend.

Andria said...

Ooooh, that yarn does look lovely. I love knitting hats, but very few for myself. Now if I had yarn like that............