Tonight I finished my first knitting project, a scarf made from alpaca fiber (click on the image for a larger view). I learned how to knit last spring and struggled with a different project. Then I went to the Minnesota State Fair and discovered wonderful fibers from Pure Country Alpacas. I selected a natural colored bulky yarn that I could use with nice, big needles.
I started my scarf on December’s trip to Vegas with my mom, but ran out of yarn. I made my scarf a bit wider than it probably needs to be and could have used bigger needles. In the end, I used 3 2/3 hanks (50 yards each) on size 13 (9 mm) needles. Pat with Pure Country used size 17 (12.75 mm) needles and 2 hanks on her sample scarf that I was trying to model mine after.
I tested my new scarf out on an evening walk with the pooches, and it is wonderfully warm and cozy. I can’t wait to start on some camouflage scarfs I’m knitting for soldiers in Iraq. I may even try purling!