We came across these guys on our way from Bunjil’s Shelter in Victoria, Australia. Glenda and Stephen run Blue Moon Alpacas and sell undyed yarn, fibre, knits and other alpaca goods out of a small shop on their organic farm. Glenda introduced us to the alpacas – very inquisitive, handsome fellows. Since they had all been shorn for the year, 10 of them were going to work guarding sheep.
I walked away with a big 800g bag of 8ply yarn, which I learned would be DK weight in North America, in a natural charcoal grey. I’m thinking about using it to make Kate Davies’ Manu cardigan.
Blue Moon Alpacas don’t have a website (EDIT: they do now!), but if you find yourself in the Grampians, they’re at 340 Pomonal Road, Stawell, Victoria (phone: 03 5358 2581).
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[Photos 1 and 3 courtesy of Chris]
I love the slouchiness of this hat! I don’t know if I’ll be able to give it up… Katushika’s Wurm pattern is available for free (along with some other great patterns) and knits up quickly enough to make it a perfect last-minute holiday project. I’ve been loving Mission Falls lately. This hat took about two and a half balls of their 136 charcoal merino. One feature of this pattern that I love is that the hat band is doubled, which makes for a neat-looking, snug finish.
[Photos courtesy of Chris and his awesome new camera]
Hemp is the perfect material for making washcloths. It’s naturally antibacterial and mould resistant, and the finished product can be safely machine washed and dried. I ordered some allhemp6 from Lanaknits Designs recently (intended for this great market bag), and they were nice enough to throw in some sample yarn as well. As it turns out, the perfect amount for a hemp washcloth. If you have a full skein to work with, you should have enough yarn to make three or four washcloths.
20 cm square
One skein of dk weight hemp yarn (I used hempforknitting hempton in sage)
3.50 mm crochet hook
Approximately 15 sts over 10 cm
1. Chain 30
2. Insert the hook through the second chain from the hook and work a single crochet in each of the foundation chain stitches to complete the first row
3. To start the second row of single crochet, turn the work and chain one. Inserting the hook under both loops at the top of the stitch, work a single crochet in each single crochet of the previous row
4. Work following rows in the same way as the second row until the cloth measures 20 cm square
5. Work a border around the cloth by single crocheting in each stitch. Place three stitches in each corner stitch
6. Cut the yarn, leaving a 15 cm tail. Pull the tail through the last stitch to tie it off and weave in all ends with the tapestry needle
7. Get washing