Great Yarn Makes it Better

Among the embarassingly large number of projects currently on my needles — or itching to get on my needles so much I can hardly resist them, is this lovely little gray number:


If you can’t tell from the photo, that’s a huge mass of ribbing. It’s going to be a shawl with arm holes, and all in all its more than 50 inches of ribbing. At least it’s not all bad, it is a slightly interesting K4, P2 rib.

It’s also not all bad because this is an absolutely luscious yarn: Cascade’s Eco Alpaca. This is undeyed alpaca that comes in 11 solid colors and some two-color variations, and it is so soft and wonderful that when I came across it in a yarn store I just had to have it.

I was planning at the time to make it into a really basic top down sweater, but then I wanted to knit this pattern, which called for cashmere, and I just don’t have that amount of cashmere (or really any, truth be told) in my stash.

But I did have this lovely stuff, which is almost cashmere soft, and was already paid for, so I get to feel like I won (a free project!). And the yarn is a joy to work with, so I can just drift off into the softness and the easy pattern and forget everything else. We all need knitting like that from time to time.

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