I finished the hat from last week (and apparently forgot to take a picture) and now I'm working on Elizabeth's. She really likes elf-style hats so I'm attempting this one without a pattern. I've made them in the past with the Elf Cap pattern from Handknit Holidays, but that pattern uses super bulky yarn and size 15 needles. I'm attempting this one with bulky yarn on size 11. The yarn is Crystal Palace's discontinued Kaya in Jungle. (You can get it for a great deal here.)
And while I've been occasionally working on hats since arriving home from Alaska, what I've been spending the bulk of my knitting time on is this lace cowl.
While we were in Alaska, I encountered qiviut fiber for the first time. The underwool of a muskox, qiviut is among the softest natural fiber in the world and some of the costliest as well. The hats and cowls that we saw at the store in Anchorage began in the $125 range and went up from there. Qiviut, however, is 8x stronger than sheep's wool, softer than cashmere and will not shrink regardless of the water temperature (which also means it won't felt).
Paul's aunt took notice of my interest in the qiviut, and she knows well my love of knitting. During our trip to a yarn shop in Fairbanks, she treated me to a gorgeous ounce skein of sage green 100% qiviut with the condition that I make something for myself with it. The shopkeeper showed me a pattern which is supposed to be a silk smoke ring, but with only an ounce of fiber and slightly larger needles, I was able to make a lovely cowl using the pattern.
You can kind of see in the closeup just how soft the fiber is. And I really thought that this pattern did justice to the delicate qiviut.
Now I just need the weather to turn a bit cooler so I can wear my qiviut cowl. Because qiviut accessorizes well with everything, right?
aaaw I want a hat just like that!!!! perfect color and perfect style - who wouldn't like elf-style hats!!! :)ReplyDelete
What a lovely gift from your aunt-in-law! It's always fun to try out a new fiber, and especially one as costly and unusual as qiviut!ReplyDelete
wow, your cowl is stunningly beautiful the yarn sounds lovely!ReplyDelete
That really is amazing-- so beautiful. I always wanted to climb in the tub of roving at the yarn shop because it looked so soft-- this is a better option:-)ReplyDelete
Beautiful! I love the cowl you made. And the fiber sounds heavenly!ReplyDelete
I dream of knitting with qiviut someday. I touched some once, and it was so dreamy! Your cowl is so beautiful!ReplyDelete
You bet your behind it does!ReplyDelete
Both look great. I especially like the cowl. Such a pretty scalloped pattern.ReplyDelete
Did you make that cowl for me?? It is exactly what I like! I have not worked with that fiber yet, but you make me want too. Have fun reading the Anne books, I am!!ReplyDelete
Oh, I seen qiviut before - it is some precious stuff. So amazing. You did a great job using that single ounce - the cowl is stunning!ReplyDelete
I love the color of the yarn that you are using to make the Elf hat. It's beautiful.ReplyDelete
Pretty! I love the yarn and what a price. And the qiviut... I'm jealous. Is it divine? I know it must be!ReplyDelete
Aw, the cowl looks amazing; I've never heard of qiviut before! Also the yarn for your hat - my son's name is Kaya. It would be so great if I could get hold of some of it here in England..ReplyDelete
It is beautiful. And I am jealous you were in Alaska! This is my first time to your blog and my son just LOVES Alaska and totally would move there...I am not into harsh winters...to say the least. lolReplyDelete
wow! That is just gorgeous! That pattern shows off that fiber perfectly!! Lucky you!!!ReplyDelete
That yarn is amazing and you have done a beautiful job on that cowl. Make sure it gets lots of wear.ReplyDelete
would like the lacy patternReplyDelete