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New Sweater Project – 2009 NaKniSweMoDo

100% White Alpaca & Gray Mohair   


100% White Alpaca & Gray Mohair


Have you ever found yourself staring at the yarn you wanted to use but weren’t able to start a project? I’m at that point now in terms of the next sweater that I’m knitting for the Ravelry NaKniSweMoDo (aka National Knit a Sweater a Month Dodecathon). I want to  use the 100% alpaca and the lace mohair with a tiny thread of silver (think Rowan Silk Haze)  that I bought at Silk City Fibers last month. 

What  I have in mind is a  sweater that I can use  by itself or with a jacket. To get some inspiration, I turned to some of my knitting books and didn’t find anything that fit the bill.

In the process, I decided that I wanted a sweater that had the feeling of lingerie to since the alpaca is delightfully soft and has a slight haze. While I didn’t find a specific pattern, I knew that I wanted a close fitting sweater with some lace added to it.

I remembered seeing Thermal in Knitty which has some great comments on Ravelry. While it is close to the image that was developing in my mind, it was too casual. Also, on closer examination, it is knit in the round with limited if any shaping. I wanted a close fitting garment so I decided to marry the best of  Thermal with a basic pullover with a scoop neck. Interestingly, many of the Ravelry posts complained about the use of the small needles. Since I made three tops using size 1 or 2s, this shouldn’t be a problem.

While doing my research, I saw the lace cuffs from Lace Style and decided to add them using the grey mohair.  I plan to use buttons to make the cuffs detachable.

Since I have a lot of the grey mohair, I am thinking of adding a sheer cardigan or wrap like the  Cardi Cozy in the new Mason Dixon Knitting Outside the Lines. (Please note that there are errata posted on Ravelry.) I will change the pattern since I don’t like the cables or the tie in front. (Of course, I don’t have to decide about this until I finish the white sweater.)

To further dress it up,  I am going to make a lacey grey scarf to add drama to the neck line.

Do you have these types of problems thinking about your next projects?

Submitted by Knitted Yarns Editor-in-Chief


Black Lace Shawl for Mom

Did you feel the earth change course recently? It was my mother. After watching me knit several lace shawls and my asking if she wanted me to knit her one, my mother finally asked me for a black scarf! It turns out that she had wanted to spiff up an outfit with a scarf which are all the rage this season. In the process, she discovered that she didn’t have a black one. This is somewhat surprising due to the fact that it’s at the center of every New Yorker’s wardrobe.


My mother’s only stipulation was that the shawl be at least six feet long. She wasn’t clear about any of the other aspects such as fiber content or width or style.


Knowing that I have an ever growing stash, my mother assumed that I had to have lots of black yarn hidden away that I could transform into a dazzling piece for her. Due to the difficulty of knitting with black yarn, black is a color that is scarce in my stash. Therefore, a yarn shopping adventure was needed.


While I had hoped to get something spectacular at Silk City Fibers, I knew that going with a mission to find a wonderful black yarn for a shawl was probably not going to be successful. I didn’t find anything that would fit my mother’s spare requirements.

Therefore, I visited Knitty City to check out their lace yarns. Since I wanted the shawl to be used for casual as well as dress wear, I preferred a fiber mix that included more than just merino. While Knitty City had a nice selection of lace weight fibers, the color black limited my options. I bought two balls Classic Elite’s Silky Alpaca Lace which is 70% alpaca and 30% silk and has 460 yards per ball.  It’s very soft and the silk gives it a great sheen like Jaggerspun’s Zephyr.


Silky Alpaca Lace from Knitty City in Black

Silky Alpaca Lace from Knitty City in Black