I have some lovely, lovely yarn for you. Recently, the fine folks at Aslan Trends contacted me and wanted to know if I was interested in reviewing their Royal Alpaca yarn and hosting a giveaway on my blog. Of course I was! I received two skeins of Royal Alpaca and began swatching one of the skeins; the other is for one of you.
First, the nitty gritty details (from the ball band):
Fiber Composition: 100% Royal Alpaca Wool (19-19.5 microns, for those of you who might want those details)
Put Up: Approx. 220 yards/200 meters; 100 g/3.5 oz
Gauge: 5 sts/in on US 6-8/4-5 mm needles
Care: Hand wash in cold water using mild soap, lay flat to dry.
I started swatching in plain old stockinette stitch. Oh, how I enjoyed knitting with this yarn. The yarn is soft, without being too delicate (You know what I mean. So soft that it pills if you look at it wrong.), and does not have a tendency to split.
Sweet, simple stockinette.
After stockinette, I played around with some lace.
Lace looks really good in this yarn. I would stay away from super small stitch patterns, but larger lace motifs would look great!
Lastly, I swatched a rib and cable pattern.
Ooh, look at those pretty cables!
This was my first time knitting with Royal Alpaca, and I was impressed. It is a yarn that shows off stitches nicely and is a pleasure to knit.
I have a skein for you to try, too. All of my swatches were knit with the color, Sable, but the skein I have for you is Crimson.
There are loads of super patterns that you could knit with one skein of Royal Alpaca. I think all of these are fantastic: Beau Cloche by Natalie Larson, Debaser by Meghan Jackson, Maize by tincanknits, A Loved Thing by Caitlin ffrench, or Ferryboat Mitts by Churchmouse Yarns and Teas.
To win this skein of Crimson, leave a comment and let me know what you would knit with one skein of Royal Alpaca. Is it something I mentioned above or some other little pretty item? I will close the comments at 10 am (EST) April 4th and will choose a winner by random then.