|Beret in Andean Treasure, shawl in Capra DK|
I try to start knitting for the Winter season somewhere in Fall. I don't always manage it, mind you. Often I'm knitting for Winter IN Winter, when it's 5 degrees F, and I think, "Huh. Maybe I could use some new mittens."
I was good this year though! Got done in time for the cold snaps. And I'd like to take this opportunity to share two favorite yarn lines that helped me do just that.
That beautiful deep, dark red hat is knit in Andean Treasure from Knit Picks. It's a sport weight in 100% baby alpaca, and man is it ever soft! The colorways are beautifully heathered too, giving the yarn added depth and interest. So my hat isn't just red. It's wine swirled with bits of chocolate.
The pattern is my own ~ just a plain beret knit up in stockinette stitch. I enjoyed the yarn so much, I made matching mittens. I'm just a tad pleased with it all.
|You should feel this way about your yarn.|
Speaking of chocolate, my brown shawl is knit up in Capra DK, yet another Knit Picks yarn. This is a Merino/cashmere blend that is currently my #1 go-to yarn. I've made hats, mittens, and shawls with it, and I'm currently knitting some up into a sweater. It's not even the the tiniest bit scratchy. You know how a yarn can feel soft in the hand but have little "pricklies" once you wear it? Yeah, Capra doesn't do that at all. It's 100% soft 100% of the time.
|Capra yarn clouds|
With that pretty cabled lace edge, the shawl is a bit of a favorite pattern as well. The pattern name is French Cancan by Mademoiselle C, and as you can tell from the above photo, I've made three so far.
Though labeled as DK weight, Capra could pass for a worsted weight yarn, which makes it even more appealing to me. The following hat took just under two 50 gram balls (219 yards), and that includes the pom pom.
|Basket weave hat in Capra DK|
Both yarns are extremely reasonable in price as well. You won't break the bank knitting up a sweater in either of them, something that can be problem with popular yarns that run $20 or more per 100 gram skein. Using either of these means not having to put up with scratchy "rustic" yarn in order to save a buck. Especially so if you catch one of the many Knit Picks sales. You know, they have them quite often. In fact, they are probably having one right now. :o) So don't hang out here any longer ~ go check!