Friday, August 1, 2014

alpaca silk lace

I had to take a moment from my blogging 'hiatus' to share this new yarn with you guys. Back in May, I worked with Hampden Hills Alpacas to put together a truly fantastic Yarnbox shipment, using their Alpaca Silk base, which is a dk weight, ultra-luxurious alpaca and silk blend -- the members loved it! She asked if I would also like to review her newest yarn, Alpaca Silk Lace. It's almost identical to the original Alpaca Silk base, except that you get 875 yards of lace weight luxury! The skein is massive, seriously.

She sent me a hank of this beautiful new base, which launched yesterday, in her solid collection colorway, Charcoal. It has so much depth! I almost felt guilty breaking into the pretty skein without having the perfect project lined up, but I found one pretty quickly.

I decided that Aise would be absolutely beautiful in this yarn. I am all about simple, wearable pieces this winter, and have been working on a variety of accessories in neutral colors. What I love about the Charcoal color is that it's the perfect neutral with a bit of depth. It's got a bluish tint that reminds me of mixing Payne's Grey for painting classes in college.

Knitting wise, it reminds me a bit in structure of Madelinetosh Lace (the one that is two-ply) but with a super soft, slightly-haloed texture. The fabric that I knit initially on size 7 needles turned out a bit large, so I am scaling down onto 5's to get a more solid scarf fabric (I am probably going to make some modifications.) It has a wonderful hand as a finished fabric, and I am sure it will bloom slightly in the blocking process (that was my experience with the heavier Alpaca Lace.) 

Definitely check out Erica's amazing company, Hampden Hills Alpacas, at their website or follow them on Facebook. The yarn line is called Artisan Yarns. I really enjoy it when people I have built relationships with ask me to help announce the release of a new product! Thank you Erica!