Do you have a passion for making things entirely by hand or appreciate it in other people? In my teens and twenties, I got a thrill out of being my own mechanic on my old '75 Mustang. Yep, I've changed a few water pumps and brake pads. I have sewn every stitch of handmade rag dolls with a needle and thread (no machine stitching), and I prefer to cook from scratch. Isn't it much more rewarding to gather family and friends to put in fence posts, and raise barns? So naturally for me, prepping the fleece, learning to spin, and then making things from the alpacas' luscious fiber is my idea of happiness! -Kaylen

Friday, June 4, 2010

Casting On - Baby Kina

This is my current project. It is a Muriel Agator pattern called Baby Kina.... PRECIOUS!!!!  I discovered it on a blog I like called caffeinated yarn. I'm testing the pattern with inexpensive yarn before I dedicate it to alpaca.  I think I'll try some of my handspun yarn, too, to give it a different look and texture with organic, natural colors.  Here is a link to the pattern if you want to purchase it. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/baby-kina It cost me $5.  You do have to be enough of a knitter to interpret the pattern as it is not spelled out for you row by row.  For example it says "8 rows in garter stitch", and "continue in stockinet stitch until it reaches 9 cm".  If you understand that then you'll do just fine.  You need to join Ravelry! It is free and a great knitting resource. Ravelry.com

4 comments:

Loco Lindy said...

That sweater is darling! Do you have a baby in mind to knit it for? (Not that it's a necessity!)

Kaylen said...

I was looking for a pattern I could easily do in handspun. Now I'll have to find a baby! :)

Annette said...

I almost have one for you! My niece is due any day..! :-)

Kaylen said...

Yay! So excited for you, Annette.