I am so totally in love with this pattern! I absolutely had to have it the minute I saw it (which almost made up for not being able to hit “buy” the minute I saw the original shirt, mind you!) and I knew exactly what yarn I had to use! Gauge? What gauge? Gauge, schmauge!
It’s karma, I tell you, that this pattern came to MDK this weekend, because today, August 27 is our 24th anniversary, and every year since I began “Seriously Knitting” if you can imagine my husband and father saying this as if it were a serious illness like leprosy, one or both of them has always gifted me with something to do with “my condition.” As in, on our 20th, 4 years ago, we were in Ireland and they got me both handcrafted wooden needles and (for the 20th) 20 skeins of every freaking color of wool the Blarney shop had! Every single relative is getting tired of that wool, lol! I’m making Dad his (and my) first daughter designed cables cardigan with the last 14 skeins for his 96th birthday in December - whew!
But 2 years ago, we were at a fiber festival near Gatlinburg, and a I was looking at yarn, of course, and all of a sudden my youngest daughter springs up out of nowhere! She tells me to come with her, all excited - she’s helping her friend. A year ahead of her in Vet school with her mother’s alpaca farm and they have all kinds of alpaca yarn to sell… well, you had me at yarn!
Hubby bought me 1000 yards of the most gorgeous homespun alpaca and silk sari combination I’ve ever seen, and I even got to meet “my” alpaca! Her name was Susie and I’m sure she will totally approve of using her beautiful homespun in a combo with some carefully curated brights to match the hair and pick up the flecks of silk in the saris.
I plan to cast on this afternoon at the Biscuits and Blues concert at the Park that Hubby is performing in. I’ll be the one behind the big bass with the needles.