As I typed that heading, it struck me how interesting it would be to watch a herd of purple alpacas from the window of a cosy farm kitchen, but I'm sorry to disappoint you: today we are talking about a hat/cowl combo made from alpaca yarn that is dyed purple.
I found the hatcowl at the Meadowview Alpaca Farm booth at this year's Royal Winter Fair, and of course I thought immediately of Jan, she of the purple socks. Her birthday falls into an unseasonably bitter week of weather: great timing. But that's not all, because the tubelike shape renders this little item suitable for a cowl if your neck is cold, and the drawstring at the top means you can tie off the end for a hat if you're worried about your head. Perfect gift!
Too perfect, actually. I tried it on to make absolutely sure I wasn't giving her something that looked stupid (as if purple alpaca could ever look stupid, ha!), and it turns out to look great on me. As well as being incredibly soft and buttery.
I am telling you: alpaca is nice, but fingering weight alpaca is heaven. The fabric you get is just so gorgeous.
Well, as you know, I am a selfish knitter, and it's natural to assume (correctly) I am also a selfish shopper. I really, really did not want to give this hatcowl away after I saw how nice it looked on me and how soft it was on my forehead, even though I knew that would be very, very wrong. So I did the next best thing. I got out some tools...
and measured and counted and thought and swatched...
and cast on a hatcowl for myself. I'll tell you later how all that came out.
Meanwhile: do me a favour and give yourself some sort of treat today, even if all you have time for is to find something beautiful to look at while you take a few deep, slow breaths. It's the middle of the week and we all need a little break! See you tomorrow, but have a good day today if you can.