When I went into the stash to dig out the yarn to finish my Levieva Dropped Sleeve Raglan Pullover I stumbled upon my two single hanks of Plymouth Baby Alpaca Grande, one each in Light Blue and Stone blue, and I admit, I got a little Carried Away. I stopped what I was doing, and made this cowl immediately. I know, I know. I have a policy of only one knitting project at once. By my mother is always telling me to use bigger needles, and bigger wool (yes, I know that this is alpaca, oh sumptuous, snuggly alpaca) and maybe I needed a break from trying to get all of my projects done by my self-imposed deadline. However, then I guess, this became a project all on its own now, didn’t it.
I bought this yarn two years ago, to make the exact cowl you see now. Only thing was, my knitting skill wasn’t quite up to par. Brioche ribbing? I tried, and tried again, but at the time, only failure lay before me. Now, looking back, it is so easy, so simple. This cowl flew off my needles, and I made it in an afternoon. I always find it so satisfying to finish a project so quickly, especially when it 1. comes out the way that I imagined 2. is still fashionable, and didn’t inherit any “craftiness” in the short project process, and 3. When I have used my beautiful materials to the fullest. As I started this project, after I did my quick gauge swatch, I decided that I wanted a total of 11 stripes, instead of 9. However, by stripe 5 I could see that my lighter blue Baby Alpaca Grande might not stretch into an 11th row. In fact, I was worried that I wouldn’t even have enough for 9. I really wanted the symmetry of an uneven number of stripes. I felt it would be more “finished.” I’d been thinking of this cowl for two years, and now that I wasn’t sure I had enough yarn I thought all might be ruined.
But hast doesn’t always make waste. When I did m gauge swatch I didn’t measure the height accurately enough, and found that after 9 stripes my cowl was gloriously tall enough. In fact, after 9 stripes I felt that 10 or 11 stripes was actually going to be way too much. Good thing I was running out of yarn.
After completing the bind-off row, I looked down and realized that I had made it to the end, in one afternoon, and with, literally, 2 yards to spare. I cannot express enough how much I love to maximize my materials. 2 yards! Oh lucky me.
This yarn is so soft, snugly, warm, luxurious. I cannot say enough great things about it. Clearly I feel very fondly of it, as my Flynnie Wide Weave Raglan Pullover is also crafted of this same beautiful two-ply.
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