Back in June I went to a Farmer's Market and bought some handspun, hand dyed alpaca from a vendor, and it's been sitting in a basket looking pretty and waiting for the right project to come along. When I saw Stephanie Pearl McPhee's one row handspun scarf I thought it would be perfect for this yarn. I had to laugh when I started knitting, the yarn looked like my attempts at spinning. It went from fingering weight to bulky weight and back again, had pieces of twigs or something still in it, and a definite scent of alpaca. As you can see, the striping is all different widths - with the natural alpaca being the first color on the bottom. In spite of all that - I loved knitting this scarf and love the results. When I bound it off, the scarf was only about 4 feet long, but after a soak in soapy water and a rinse I hung it up to dry and it stretched to almost 6 feet - perfect!
On the needles:
Another Old Shale Smoke Ring Cowl - love knitting these an will be giving them as Christmas gifts. I'm knitting this one with Araucania http://www.araucaniayarns.com sock yarn in fall colors.
Cabled Beret knit with Killarney Irish Fisherman's wool (thanks again Roni!).
Snowbaby Cloth (cute!)
Fingerless mitts from the Holiday Mystery Gift-Along Yahoo Group
Listening to: The Shack by William Young
Reading: Secret Admirer by Patricia MacDonald
On the Shelf: The Beekeeper's Apprentice by Laurie R. King