Lacy Alpaca Scarf – Secret Knitting vol1

Mustrimaailma Pitsiline salakudumine 2015
Hi again 🙂 I have not been knitting for couple of months, I couldn´t. In the beginning of May I was diagnosed with myocarditis and I was on bed rest with strict orders to actually rest in bed (instead of knitting). But I stopped knitting months before I was actually diagnosed because I just did not have the strength to do it 🙁 Now I have been resting (and eating medications) and feel much better.

I saw a forum post on (pattern world in estonian) that is one of the estonian forums for crocheters and knitters. The post was about a secret knitting projet, you know a project where at first you are given only a part of the pattern and after a while another part and another part. So that when you start knitting you actually don´t know how the finished item will look like. This time the subject of the secret knitting was a lace scarf. And, I thought that I would give it a go and see if I can start knitting again 😀

And here is the shawl after the first clue 😀
I chose white Lamana Piura (100g/800m) for the yarn and used number 3 needles.
When you look at the pictures and see that the yarn is not “white” white then you are absolutely correct, the color of the yarn is actually something between natural white and cream.

Secret knitting Lamana Piura baby alpaca lace shawl vol1

Lamana Piura baby alpaca lace shawl - Secret knitting vol1

And a small note about the shape – the two edges that are not on the knitting needle are actually the top edge (longest edge) of the shawl. It is knitted outwards from the center of the top edge.

Baby Alpaka Yarn (Piura) from Lamana – Christmas Present for Artanis Wedding Lace

baby alpaka yarn_wedding hair flower_artanis wedding laceLast 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

baby alpaka yarn_bridal hair flower_artanis wedding lace

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.

baby alpaka yarn_bridal hair flower_carmine_artanis wedding lace

baby alpaka yarn_wedding hair flower_carmine_artanis wedding lace