I was given this cone of lovely cream colored alpaca today with the request that I knit a scarf for the woman who gave it to me. It was given to her by a friend of hers who lives on an alpaca farm near Chicago. It's a nice DK/Sport weight and I put my cell phone in the picture to give a bit of scale. The Pharaoh Hound was just an unexpected bonus at the last second!
I've got a pattern in mind, just feather and fan. It looks nice and I need something a little more mindless than the Pi shawl I'm working on at the moment (and desperately need a break from). But, can I knit right from the cone or should I bother with winding some of it into balls first? It's got a lovely twist to it that I don't want to f*ck up, and it comes off the cone quite easily, so my hunch is that I don't need to do anything but knit.
What would you do?
BTW - I get to keep whatever's left.