I have been so excited since last Saturday, the day I picked up 319 skeins of our own home-grown Shady Grove Alpacas Suri alpaca yarn (and 9 felt sheets and several bumps of rug yarn) from the mill which processed it!
I eagerly searched for a pattern, and settled on the Wheaten cap from knitspot.com. The pattern matched up with the sport weight yarn I wanted to use, and presented both lace and cables to see what the yarn is capable of. This yarn is from our late alpaca, The Eleven, whose fleece was the darkest shade of brown in our herd.
This is the first time that I've ever used Suri alpaca, and it is quite different than any other yarn I've ever tried. It feels a little stiff and inflexible due to the fact that it has negligible loft, but is softening beautifully as I work with it. Now that I finished the first repeat, I think I might wash it and see how it reacts to washing before continuing.
Stay tuned on more info about our yarn. We're in the process of setting up a business plan, etsy shop, and inputting all the yarns into ravelry.com. Not to mention, I want to provide knitting info on Suri yarn, so I'm knitting up a bunch of samples to see how it all reacts. Who knew that selling yarn would take so much prep work?!
Check out the rest of this week's fiber fun at Ginny's here: http://www.gsheller.com/2016/02/yarn-along-267.html