Isn't it strange how you suddenly SEE something that's been there for some time, and you've seen it several times without really noticing. This happened to me some time a go. I was visiting my LYS (local yarn shop/store/seller) (I've seen these three letters several times without really catching what they stand for, but now I figured it out :)) Anyway, I was visiting my LYS, when all of a sudden I noticed some yarn in a basket. I picked it up, and it was incredibly soft and it had an incredibly soft greyish pinkish variegated colour. 100% pure alpaca. I had to have it! So I bought two skeins.
Now I just had to figure out what to make with it. Every once in a while I would pick it up, feel it, and put it back down. Thinking.
Andrea's Shawl from Kirsten over at Through the Loops, and I thought: that has to be the perfect project! I rushed to my LYS, found a contrast colour that would go with the yarn, (see the solid grey there?), and started knitting.
A very fun project to knit, lot's of challenge and variety, but very well explained. It took me 3-4 days to knit the shawl, and I thought it was beautiful, and incredibly soft. Just remained to wet it and block. So I put it in the machine. I didn't stop to think. Just put it in the machine. Wool washing programme. Allways works. But not this time! Out came something about half the size of what I had put inn, and much thicker!
I will definitely make Andrea's Shawl again, possibly with the same yarn, but this time it will be handmade AND handwashed!
Pattern: Andrea's Shawl from Through the Loops
Main colour: Mirasol from Du Store Alpakka
Contrast colour: Royal alpakka from Dale
Needle size 4mm