One of my recent secret knitting projects can now be revealed, as the recipient has received her gift. It was a beret for my dear sister-in-law, knitted from Misti Alpaca Best of Nature Worsted yarn which I bought from Loop. As all baby alpaca yarns, it’s incredibly soft, really lovely, and the colorway (BW03 Napa) is just gorgeous, a lovely purpley red semi-solid colour, dyed with cochineal, a natural dye from small aphid-like insects, of all things.
The Bramble pattern is really pretty and I enjoyed knitting it, despite the fact that because of all those bobbles it was quite slow progress. But such a small project is an ideal occasion to spend a bit of effort knitting a slow but pretty pattern.
The pattern came from Vintage Modern Knits: Contemporary Designs Using Classic Techniques by Kate Gagnon Osborn and Courtney Kelley. It’s a great book, full of lovely classic wearable patterns that I really like and can see myself knitting. Here’s a link to Ravelry if you want to see more of the patterns.
The only slight problem with the book for me is that it uses yarns from the Fibre Company, which are not the easiest yarns to buy and see “in flesh” here in the UK. Loop has some, I think, but the last time I look the range wasn’t huge. So you’d need to order them online, probably from a US-basedshop like Webs or do as I did and substitute the yarn to something else.
ps. To something completely different, here’s a link to a very handy video that shows you how to fix a jumper that ended up being either too short or long, without unravelling the whole piece.