Yesterday I wound the alpaca yarn into a ball, found my short 3.75mm KnitPro tips and a 60cm (I think) cable and cast on for the Awesome hat.
The yarn I spun is, I'd estimate, a sport-weight yarn, but as alpaca's warmer than sheep wool, I didn't want a fabric that would be too dense, so I'm knitting it to the pattern instructions.
I took a photo this morning:
The weather here today is very dreary and the temperature has dropped a bit (we've been very lucky weather-wise this winter; certainly better than other parts of the UK and especially the US). When I took Jess out for her walk at 8.30 this morning, the sky was very grey and there were ominous-looking clouds overhead, so I snapped some photos:
Even though we haven't experienced particularly wintry weather (it's been between 8C and 11C according to my car over the last week), it's been cold enough to wear a hat and scarf. My hat of choice at the moment is my Quincy which I made a few years ago.
It's a Jared Flood design for a pattern book(let) he produced in collaboration with Classic Elite yarns. I wanted the book enough to order it from a yarn shop in Florida! Pattern link.
The scarf I've been choosing to wear is special in that I didn't make it. Last year, I got an e.mail from Jennifer at Thistlebear (if you don't read her blog, you should; it's charming) telling me that my name had been chosen to be the recipient of a scarf she'd crocheted. Very exciting; unexpected gifts are always good.
The scarf is just the right length for wearing under a coat. Long enough to wrap around my neck and tuck into the collar, but not so long that it dangles too much.