So last week I wrote about the awesomeness of alpacas and showed you all my new chocolate brown alpaca yarn.
I decided instantly that I would make a hat, but I wanted it to be special…really special. I found this beautiful Milanese lace pattern and knew it was what I wanted. Never mind that I have little practice making hats, or that I’d never worked on circular needles before, or that I didn’t know what “blocking” meant. I figured I would learn.
After restarting at least 8 times I thought I had it down. Hours of knitting later, I got this (apologizes for the blurriness, I’m not very good at taking my own pictures from the side like this):
I can tell you right now I made mistakes– it’s a little too big, much too loose, and slouchier than the original pattern, but I love it to bits! It’s soft and warm and I wear it all the time anyway. I still need to block it, which may help it hold the shape and pattern a bit more than it does now, but I’m working up to it. I’ve never blocked anything and it seems like quite a process.
But that is for another day. For now I’m busy with multiple custom orders and a craft show to prepare for this weekend. I’m super happy about the increase in sales and super exhausted at the same time. You know I actually woke up with a sore muscle in my forearm from continuous knitting yesterday? That’s never happened before, but it’s a sign of great productivity. Hope your week is just as awesome!