February 18, 2013

Project Update: Alpaca Socks & Lila Scarf

The weekend was kind of a bust in terms of my expectations for the Carolina Alpaca Celebration, which I attended as a vendor this past weekend.  Let's suffice to say that if I didn't have bad luck, I wouldn't have any luck at all.  I drove over 400 miles with my beautiful hand-dyed alpaca yarns only to be stuck in the far back corner against a wall of doors that were constantly being opened in 35 degree F. weather because people needed to stand with the door open to use their cell phones (we wore coats, gloves, and scarves in the booth all day on Saturday).  And then there was the 3 inches of wet, icey snow that fell on Saturday afternoon and created a white-out ...  This is what happens when a completely new group of organizers have replaced the experienced organizers.  I did meet some extremely nice people, though, and learned a gazillion new things about raising alpaca (one step closer to the dream!).

And I did manage to get some knitting time--about 8 hours of it on Saturday and about 4 on Sunday--and the result was a finished pair of socks in my new Paca Toes alpaca/angora sock yarn (stonewashed colorway) and half of a Lila scarf in Cielo Sport (wheat colorway).

Cabled Socks in Paca Toes

Lila in Cielo Sport

 The nifty thing is that, as far as the socks are concerned, this is the first pair of socks that I have knit without having to look at a pattern.  I just sat down and knit them sans references.  So that means that there isn't a pattern, but I did write down a sketch of what I was doing so I may have some free time to jot down a pattern and post it with my other freebies at some point in the next week or so.

I hope your weekend was productive, knit-wise, too! 


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