Friday, September 9, 2011
It's a shrug
Just a quick post to show you my shrug that I finished a couple days ago. I rather like it. It's done in Berroco Alpaca and took about 485 yds of yarn (3 skeins). I still have 150 yds left to make a hat or mittens or something.
I loved working with the Ultra Alpaca, but it grew substantially when I washed it. I read that others have found this, too. Of course I didn't make a swatch and wash that! But I believe it regained some of its old shape in the drying process. I also dried it in the dryer on the tray for laying things flat, and I think that helped. I don't mind it in this shrug, but I would be more careful making a sweater to check the gauge on a swatch after washing. Someone wrote in the comments for this yarn on Ravelry that they thought alpaca should only be steam blocked, but you'll have to wash it eventually, right? Once all that's worked out, I'm more than happy to work with this yarn again. I restarted work on a sweater in Rowan Felted Tweed, and it feels downright scratchy after the Berroco, when before I didn't notice that.
Gotta run--happy knitting!