Wishing I was in Maui, but dealing with being here

A is for………..

Alpaca.  I’m a knitter. There I said it. Some people think this is an activity for old women, which I don’t consider myself even if I am collecting social security. It has become “hip” to knit in the past few years. I began knitting in 2007 on a beach in Maui, taught by my dear friend Pam. I made dishcloth’s for everyone. Once you know how to knit, purl, increase and decrease you can pretty much do anything.

OK, back to Alpaca. I have a love hate relationship with this fiber. I love how soft it is and how it seems to want to swaddle you in it’s warmth. I hate how it sheds little hairs all over everything I wear. The best way for me to wear alpaca knitted apparel is to buy yarn that is a blend of Alpaca and something else. I recently knitted a shawl in a Alpaca and silk blend. No shedding.

The shawl pattern is Texelle by Phydeaux Design. The yarn is Deerfield by Valley Yarns and is 89% Baby Alpaca and 20% Silk.

I have lots of Alpaca in my stash (i.e. supply of yarn). Some is 100% Alpaca that seduced me by it’s color and softness. Some are blends bought because of color and because they are more practical, no shedding.

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Thanks for stopping by for my firs A to Z blog. I’m sorry this is so late on the first day. I plan to write in advance (starting B now) from now on.



Comments on: "A is for……….." (3)

  1. That’s funny I was going to write about alpaca too. There is a farm nearby and I was going to take some photographs of the animals. But I didn’t make it over in time.
    I feel the same way you do about working with this yarn. I don’t like the shedding. And like you I have loads of it in my stash. I keep looking at it guiltily trying to find someway to get rid of it, I mean make something wonderful with it 🙂

  2. I love alpaca, although I know what you mean about the shedding! Alpaca and silk together is one of my favourite types of yarn 🙂

  3. Anonymous said:

    I don’t know anything about Alpaca, but I do remember my mother knitting when I was a kid. I always wished that I learned to knit too. Maybe one day!

    Stopping by from the A to Z challenge and glad to learn something from you.


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