Alpaca – So Soft & So Warm…

One of my favourite materials to work in – Alpaca. Here a collage of some of my Alpaca sweaters and cardigans, all in Drops Alpaca.

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Drops Alpaca comes in lots of beautiful shades and if they’re not enough, it can easily be combined with Mini Alpakka from Sandnesgarn.no, which , however, is more expensive.

I tend to buy yarn in bulk when they’re on sale which happens about twice a year when we’re talking about Drops Alpaca: November-December -25% and May -35%. So even though my Alpaca stash looks like this at the moment…

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… I’m awaiting a new order of lots and lots of yarn as it is that favourite time of year for yarn shopping – May.

Here you can see the Alpaca garments individually:

  1. “Nancy” (Sandnes Garn)

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3. “Rygja” (Sandnes Garn)

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4. Seven sorts / Sju slag by Vanja Blix Langsrud

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5. Free pattern in Norwegian from Gjestal.no

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6.

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7. Elidakofta

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8. – 9.

Number 8 is a modification of Ventetid by Kristin Wiola Ødegård

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Now I’ve got to run down to the yarn store – just got the message that my yarn has arrived \o/.

Blue Anemone Girl – Blåveispiken – Flickan med blåsippor

One of the first cardigans for adults I made during this latest 2-year-long knitting craze was this spring inspired garment. It’s named after the beautiful pennywort that heralds spring and the returning light and life after the long Scandinavian winter. The ground is still brown and murky and few greens have had time to sprout their delicate greens at the time of its arrival. Even the plant’s own leaves are not yet there, only the beautiful bright blue-purple flowers pop up here and there and fill people’s hearts with joy and hope for the coming summer months.

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The colours of the cardigan reflect these circumstances: The murky browns, the bright green of the leaves and the flower petals themselves against a very neutral background. I loved the cardigan as soon as I saw it on Ravelry and could not help myself but buy the pattern. The original yarn, Hifa Ask, however, was not available in Finland or in any EU country; in fact, I haven’t been able to find it outside Norway at all, and I had to come up with an alternative.

I ended up with Drops Merino Extrafine, not the perfect choice, but  close enough and, what’s more, it was affordable, something that cannot be ignored by a compulsive knitter ;). The result:

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The cardi was finished in about eight days. However, it ended up a tad too big so I have never worn it even once, but I don’t regret knitting it for a minute. Lately, I’ve been playing with ideas of reusing parts of the pattern to compose a complete new design. For example, I absolutely love the pattern at the bottom of the bodice and the sleeves. The anemones could be used together with the leaf pattern in a yoke, and if one changes the colour scheme the end result could be pretty satisfactory, I would imagine.