Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Third Time Lucky

After your comments last week on this, and much fortifying of myself in terms of making me give up on a project*, I decided to try the Midwest Moonlight pattern in my lovely orange Alpaca Silk Lustre - and I'm glad I did - I'm very happy with the result! Of course, I've had to put this on the backburner a bit this week, as I'm madly trying to finish my Spey Valley socks in time for the start of Southern Summer of Socks, as well as sewing up Beau, in time for husby's birthday the following week! Need more time in the day.
Sigh! Thank goodness 1 October is a public holiday! Yippee!
And a close up of the pattern - just because it's so pretty! Question though - is there any problem wet-blocking an alpaca blend yarn?

*(I do have a little confession...I still haven't actually frogged the two attempts at Backyard Leaves in this yarn...I will, I promise!).

18 comments:

Queen of the froggers said...

That looks really nice and the pattern shows up well. Will we see him in Beau in a couple of weeks? I am hoping that will persuade my husband that I have to knit him Beau too!

2paw said...

It looks very good, the pattern shows up really well and the colour suits too!!!

Nora said...

Perfect!
[And it looks even better in real life!]

Bells said...

I think it's an excellent choice. I like it so much better than the leaves one - for that yarn at least. It's a good match!

jacqui said...

Great choice of pattern for your yarn. Looking forward to seeing the beau!

del said...

How pretty! I love that pattern.

A full wetblock can stretch the alpaca. I learned that the hard way. From now on, I'd only mist with water & pin.

Diana said...

Yep, you'll love it. I don't remember if I did more repeats in mine or not but it is nice and long. I don't think I needed to block it either. I might have increased the needles size. Geez, I don't know what I did!!!

kim said...

Such a lovely color, and the pattern looks like it would be fun to knit. I think I've wet blocked alpaca with no issues.

Julie said...

Wet-blocking alpaca yarn makes it smell like wet camel. But only until it's dry again.

MadMad said...

Wow! That is a really cool pattern, and the color looks beautiful, too. I just read someone's blog somewhere about wet-blocking alpaca. They were making a reference to "having learned the hard way not to," but I don't remember what blog it was. I'll try to remember, but, well, the old brain isn't what it used to be, so no promises.

Snoozen said...

It looks really lovely. So soft and pretty. I am in awe of all these lovely designs

Georgie said...

Yes, yes, yes! Great choice, its looking fabulous.

Ann said...

The pattern is lovely. I have also finished off most of my projects (except my lace shawl) to be ready for Oct 1!

michele said...

i'm glad you've switched to this pattern - it looks fantastic. yeah!

i think i wet blocked the alpaca wrap i made. at the very least i sprayed it down with a plant sprayer and then pinned from there. had no problems.

Donna Lee said...

I love the pattern. It looks so complicated and difficult and very, very impressive.

catsmum said...

much much better suited to that yarn.
I suppose I should go and add that to my project queue at ravellry

Laura said...

Hello My Friend! I am taking an extending blogging leave due to computer problems and just an attempt to connect with my real life -- kids, job, etal.

I wanted to comment how much your beautiful pattern resembles one I have been working on -- the Storm Water Shawl: http://www.colorsongyarn.com/shawl_stole/storm_water_shawl.htm
Funny, huh? In any case, I love your interpretation, the color is gorgeous. Take care, Laura

kgirl said...

great stitch pattern, particularly in that yarn/shade. Might translate well onto socks, hmmm?!

looking forward to Oct 1, too. Unfortunately, no public holiday down here - lucky Sydney-siders!(or were you only joking?)