Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Jethro Jacket

Look at what I found at the Gisborne Market on Sunday. Alpaca yarn! I have never bought any real alpaca yarn before so this was a nice surprise. The owners even had photos of which alpaca it had come from, and they are so cute. I like this color which was the darkest one they had. The other 2 colors were a cream and a tan color. Their farm is in New Gisborne, so if I need anymore of it I am quite welcome to call and pay them a visit too. Since it is only a 20 minute drive, I will wait and see. Maybe some hats for Christmas time will be a good idea. I cannot believe how soft it is. Maybe a knitted pillow would be better and I could sleep on it!
I also started the Jethro Jacket today. I cast on just after lunch and this is how much progress I have made. I only knitted for about half an hour so it is not too bad. I am using a yarn that I bought at the yarn shop today. Bad me, breaking my yarn diet. I did not intend to find anything that I liked but then I saw the Heirloom Celtic yarn, which is a mix of alpaca and wool and it is really soft to knit with. I like the blend of the 3 different browns together, and luckily Paul loves the pattern too. It was his birthday on Sunday, so if I had of ordered the book and started before the New Year I could have given this to him as a birthday present. Maybe I can make it a belated present - I am sure he wont mind. I hope once I memorise the pattern that I can make a lot more progress on it. Luckily for me I only need to knit the smallest size. Tomorrow I should have an FO to show you all too. It is another jumper for my other nephew, and I quite like it although knitting the sleeve was a problem, but I think I was the problem. I could not figure out why the sleeve had less stitches, then realised after the 3rd time that I was casting on for the wrong size. How stupid of me. I think the tiredness from last week caught up with me, and having Lachlan home sick from school is tiring too. Tomorrow he is back to school so I should have a few hours of peace and be able to catch up with housework and other things, like knitting too!

10 comments:

tiennie said...

That's going to be a cool sweater!

joy said...

Or maybe next year's birthday present. ;-) It's going to be gorgeous!

Katt said...

That wool looks gorgeous..All of it (including for the jumper)...

Love the pattern too..

Katt

Dipsy said...

My gosh, this alpaca looks like a real dream indeed - so soft, it must be heaven to work with! And I adore the colour!
Good luck with the Jethro Jacket - the pattern is absolutely beautiful and will definitely keep you entertained - I'm looking forward to seeing more of it!

Saltwater purls said...

I like that sweater...wondering how to get hubby to wear a cardy...he's so ummm finicky about these things

monica said...

What a great looking jacket. I wish I could get my hubby to wear knitted goods. The alpaca is gorgeous.

Rhonda said...

Your going to love the Alpaca!

Sue H said...

The Jethro jacket looks to be the sort of thing my son wanted. What book is the pattern in please?
Qwarkus

Lolly said...

The Jethro Jacket is so handsome! and in that lovely alpaca! WOW ;)

PlumStitches said...

Beautiful color, and the alpaca is soooo soft. Can't wait to see what you do with it!