Here in Northern Idaho, the Fair just ended. It was a busy and fun five days! The weather was perfect and reminded us all how fortunate we are to live in such a beautiful place. There were a huge variety of hand crafts entered at the fair- amazing quilts, beautiful crochet, hand spun yarn, and lots of gorgeous knitted items. Alpaca Direct had the opportunity to sponsor part of the knitting department this year.
These are the awards for First Place Novice Knitter and Second Place Novice Knitter. This year we have been committed to teaching people to knit, so it's entirely appropriate that we were able to sponsor special awards to new knitters. We congratulate them on their awards and on the fact that they had the confidence to enter their projects.
Our staff entered projects, too.
This sweater was knitted by a staff member at Alpaca Direct. She has a weakness for Malabrigo yarns. Made from Malabrigo Rios Color #855 Aguas, Pattern is Flyaway Hoodie. Check out the fun Natural Beach Stone Buttons, too! She may have entered six projects, three of which were made from Malabrigo Yarn :-)
If you've ever struggled with the decrease section when knitting a hat on 16-inch circular needles, you need to learn the Magic Loop method of knitting. Similarly, if you hate how sweater sleeves twist up while knitting in the round, you need to learn the magic loop technique.
This technique works on just about any size project, so you can use it exclusively for smaller projects in the round, such as hats, sleeves, mittens, cowls, socks, and so on.
Kelley just finished knitting the Shift Cowl by Andrea Mowry, and she's fallen in love with mosaic knitting.
While it sounds complicated or fiddly—mosaics are made up of little pieces of glass, after all—mosaic knitting is super easy. Seriously, you end up with a beautiful colorwork project, but you're only using one color in each row.
Note: Please use the following sizing chart for general reference only. Sizes between different vendors and manufacturers may vary. Please match your measurements to those in the size chart below.