Tuesday, July 04, 2006

I started a Pi Are Square shawl

This is a red alpaca-wool blend I have had in the stash for years. I now realize why I haven't used it. I hate it. It is oily and full of white hairs that are getting all over me, and I swear I'm allergic to it - I have had a tickle in my throat all afternoon. To Goodwill it goes. Does this mean I can buy something nicer to substitute for it? I think it does - something is leaving the stash, something new can come in. That's my rationalization and I'm sticking to it.


Geogrrl said...

Yeah, some varieties of alpaca can be like that. Send it to me--I'll make it behave. Heh.

Seriously, even though you don't like the yarn, the pattern's a no-brainer, isn't it? I found I worked on it steadily (you sure won't get done in a hurry) and it was pleasant knitting for an hour or two in the evenings. Get yourself a yarn you like better and try it again. Really, you'll like the results.

When are you going to start that linen shell? What did you think of "Somewhat Cowl"?

Catherine said...

I do not have the linen yet. It is on its way, or so the last email stated.

The alpaca's yours if you want it - free to a good home, I can't use it. It's about 10 skeins of about 150-ish meters each, alpaca and wool blend, I can't tell you any more about it because the label is unintelligible to me. Looks like Greek. Maybe Turkish? I have no clue.

Geogrrl said...

Thanks very much! I'd be happy to give it a home. I have some similarly hairy cream-coloured alpaca I can match it up with. I'm thinking a cardie or something--it definitely won't be for a garment that goes next to the skin--too itchy--but VERY warm. I have an alpaca sweater I've worn in -20C weather and it kept me nice and warm.

Yes, I will eventually be moving back north.

What/where was that fiber festival in October? I'm thinking I may make it to that--no promises though.

Hum. Maybe I'm in a time warp--I really thought you would have gotten the linen by now. Or maybe I'm just impatient... or not paying attention.

Catherine said...

It's yours. I have added alpaca to the list of fibers I can't use. I'm strictly a merino or cashmere blend gal from here on, why torture myself with things that make me sick? I'm sure it was the yarn, too - I put it away and washed my hands and the tickle in my throat is gone. A day's knitting down the drain.

Geogrrl said...

Thanks so much!

I was working with a cotton like that. It took me ages to figure out why my nose kept itching--it was the little bits of fluff/fiber. But that wasn't the knitting stage, it was the winding stage, when a lot of it was going through my fingers at once.

I re-dyed that cotton, BTW (it's original dye ran like you would not believe). I used Dylon fiber-reactive dyes and am really, really pleased with the results. Not too expensive (for small quantities) nice colours and colourfast. I just have to remember not to tie the skeins too tight... unless I really want tie-dye.