Sunday, 11 August 2013
Vintage knits on the needles
The yarn I'm using is Lang Baby Alpaca. Angora yarn is pretty hard to find nowadays, a far cry from the 1950s when it was commonplace and firms like Patons and Baldwins had farms where their pampered bunnies were regularly brushed and trimmed. (Rabbits are not killed to produce angora, their long fur is clipped.) Although Rowan have brought out an angora-rich yarn, Angora Haze, this season they didn't have the colour I wanted, so I opted for an alpaca as it would be soft and luxurious and have an attractive fuzzy halo, although it won't be quite as fuzzy as angora.
I've also had fun messing around with another Fair Isle beret, knitted from my favourite pattern. Playing with the colours is fun. It'll be a while before it gets finished, though, as the cardigan is taking priority.