Last time I wrote about Christmas presents I made for other people, this time I am writing about a Christmas present that Artanis Wedding Lace got. And, what else can it be but luxurious yarn :).
To start at the beginning I have to tell you about a wonderful craft store/pattern maker/online store called Woolmint. Although it has been around for a while now I found out about it sometime during this summer. They specialise on quality natural materials and patterns that are modern, but at the same time traditional. Traditions and quality yarns are things that are also very important to me and I take steps to venture more into that direction. That is why I kept an eye on Woolmints doings.
In November Woolmint announced that they would order from Lamana for the first time and I opened Lamana’s home page. I immediately fell in love with Piura – a yarn made in Peru from baby alpaca wool (800 m in 100g). While it is not the right weight for Haapsalu shawls it is still an excellent yarn for luxurious wedding shawls. It had sixteen fabulous colors and it took me ages to pick only two, but finally I decided on white (natural white) and carmine for my first order.
The yarn arrived on the twenty third of December, right in time for Christmas and it is everything and more that I was expecting. Now, I should not be able to tell you how it acts while knitting because I still have two shawls to knit before I can officially start to knit from Piura (I promised to finish my half done projects before starting new ones). But, I could not resist the call of the yarn, and wanted very much to know how the yarn holds form that I knitted a hair flower. And, here it is photographed in a spontaneous photo shoot approximately an hour before the year 2015 began in Estonia
It is wonderful to knit and while some of my previous yarns have been caught sometimes on my bamboo needles, Piura never got caught and it slid along the needles beautifully. To my joy it also holds the form nicely and is very soft. I can’t wait to start knitting a truly luxurious wedding shawl out of it.