On a Ravelry message board it’s come to my attention that perhaps I have a problem.
An alpaca addiction.
Almost every time I write there, it’s about my love of Lion Brand LB Collection Baby Alpaca and how I love my Rose Red Hat. Or how Shadow who only looks innocent has the real addiction. I buy my fibres and fess up to them. For instance, I only bought 3 balls of Fawn Heather today (we won’t talk about what that brings my total sport weight alpaca yardage to. in all fairness 4 balls are earmarked as gifts for others). He crawls into my fibre bins and steals off my wheel or waits for me to drop bits of roving while I’m drafting.
Then I thought about it.
Short of some sock yarn recently purchased all I buy or want to spin is alpaca.
Though I have met an alpaca fibre I am not very fond of. I think it’s the weight of the yarn (Bulky) more than the blended alpaca. Despite some discontent with the project, I’m really happy with my design, and look forward to knitting more in the future. If there’s significant interest I’ll attempt to write up the pattern, but be forewarned, if you’ve seen how I write up food recipes… (examples: on flickr or penguingirl, yes same recipe) don’t hold your breath for anything that is highly specific. Perhaps it is why I love the challenge of Elizabeth Zimmermann’s patterns.
Cowl #23, knit
Ravelry Project Page
Bernat Alpaca Natural Blends in Plum
6.0 and 6.5mm needles
But the thing is I don’t have an addiction. I can stop when I want. I left a ball of Fawn Heather in the bin at the studio this afternoon. It was my first time in there in weeks. If I had an addiction I’d have convinced them to set up a standing order for alpaca to be delivered to my door daily.
Actually, I have an idea of a standing order club and would pay into it if the price were reasonable. I can never find a tapestry needle when I need one. I buy them all the time. They just run away and hide. I’m not sure why. I’m nice and kind to them and give them nice fibres. I let them practice different seaming techniques when I can.
I’d pay to have tapestry needles auto-delivered to my door each fortnight. I’m not the business person (right now) to handle the logistics to make this happen, but if you’re out there and listening. Please?