Knitty Spring is up! Better yet, they changed the Pattern Archive so that you can see thumbnail photos of each pattern. It makes browsing soooo much more fun. I want a summer shawl. As soon as I saw Bob and Weave, I knew I had to make it with the alpaca that has been waiting patiently in my stash for the past 2 years.
I pulled out five skeins of hand spun alpca. One is a partial skin of this beautiful blue-gray. I got it at the Empire Alpaca Association's Extravaganza a few years ago. Then there are four skeins from Sunshine Alpacas in Phoenix, NY. I wish she had a website. They are all undyed from an alpaca named Snowman. One is a slightly heavier weight than the others. I used the soap scale to divide the blue and the heavy one exactly in half. I will use them for either end so that the ends are identical.
I made two gauge swatches and then cast on 91 stitches on size 11 needles. Four inches later I frogged it. I cast on again. This time only 77 on size 13s. I made it 9 inches before I frogged it. I now have 53 stitches on size 15 needles. It is a little looser than I would have liked, but I think it will be a good contrast for the ribbon once that gets threaded through.
The third time is the charm right?