Sunday, July 31, 2005
Tykk entradet alpakka
The post is a remarkable institution. The Canadian / Norwegian partnership is an excellent example. Post something to go over land, oceans, the arctic even and one would expect the destination to be reached in weeks, not days. It took days! So last Friday, after a long week at work, a package greeted me at home. Beautiful Norwegian Alpaca in two lovely shades of green. The wrapper on the yarn is written in Norwegian. I consider that a challenge.
I wanted to knit something quickly to get a feel for the yarn, to get over my fear of knitted lace and to properly thank Ms. s t r i k k e r . Thank you Kris! This yarn is incredibly soft, it reminds me of a narrower lopi but much softer. It is easy to knit up but because of lack of twist in the yarn, it is like ripping out mohair.
For my sample, I knitted up Epstein's FishTail Stitch pattern, see below. You can find it (and many other patterns) on page 82, in Nicky Epstein's book Knitting on the Edge, which was published by Sixth&Spring Books in 2004. She has a new book out Knitting Over the Edge, I'm looking forward to checking that one out too.
I casted on 55 stitches. (5 x 10 + 3) + 2 = 55 sts. The first stitch on each row to slip and make a selvage, only because I really like the effect. Hence, the 5 tails. I'm thinking of a three tailed two toned scarf, with a wee detail of sort travelling up along the edge. I'll have half the scarf in the pistachio the other half in the loden. Wrap it around my neck, et voila, a masterpiece in my imagination! Well we'll see.
It is worked from the bottom up in multiples of 10 sts plus 3 sts.
abreviation SK2P= Slip 1, knit 2 together, pass slip over the k2tog.
Row 1 (RS) K2tog, yo, *k3, SK2P, k3, yo, k1, yo; rep from *, end k1.
Row 2 and 4 Purl.
Row 3 K2, *yo, k2, SK2P, k2, yo, k3; rep from *, end k1.
Row 5 K2tog, yo, *k1, yo, k1, SK2P, k1, yo, k1, yo, SK2P, yo; rep from *, end k1.
Row 6 Purl.
Repeat rows 1 to 6 until desired length.