Today I visited a LYS in Ocala and bought a 1 pound ball of sport weight alpaca yarn in a dark charcoal gray color. It was rather pricey in my opinion and I haven't the slightest idea what to make with it. Any suggestions?
I say a vest if you have enough.
pricey..maybe...but it's going to feel so good while you're knitting...
I second the motion for a vest. The yarn sounds really nice- how about a picture, Mason?
I'll have to check out some patterns to see if there's enough to make a vest. There's no yardage on the ball, just the weight. As it's a pound of sport weight alpaca I'm guessing there's somewhere around 1200 yards there give or take a bit.
I added the pic as requested.
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It looks beautiful Mason and if it helps you have 10x50gram balls there so you should have enough for a vest. You do a lot of 'giving away' work so this time be nice to yourself and keep whatever you make! Whatever you make it will feel gorgeous to wear.
Thanks, that does help. Whatever I make with this yarn will definitely be for myself for a change. :)
Oh Jeez...you got a great bargain. Working in a LYS, I deal with sticker shock alot (especially when pricing yarn). But you did GOOD...that's an excellent price. What about a hat, scarf and glove set for yourself...you'd do good with that too... Altho a vest would be very tempting. Beautiful yarn.
Thanks. I like the idea of a vest. I just need to find a good pattern for one using sport weight yarn.
I found a couple that might work. This one from Lion Brand specifically calls for sportweight yarn and calls for a gauge of 5 stitches and 7 rows per 1". http://www.lionbrand.com/printablePatterns/kwes-vest.pdf
This one from MagKnits calls for a slightly smaller gauge than the one from Lion Brand, but that may not be a problem. The recommended yarn isn't called a sportweight, but it's a cotton and the recommended gauge seems to put it in the sportweight category.
I tried searching Ravelry, but there's 3100 projects tagged with "vest" so I'll leave that to you to look there. :)
LOL the one from Lion Brand is the one I chose and am now working on.
Very good Mason! I love buying in bulk! I envy that catch.
I thought it was cool that she had one pounders of alpaca. She had several of them but only one of each color. From what she said she doesn't sell a lot of it.
That's a pretty good price for a lb cone of alpaca!
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Yeah I have finally figured that out. Funny though, it was in ball form and not a cone as one would expect.