A few weeks ago I attended a local fiber festival and discovered this gorgeous yarn. I’d been searching for something special to knit up the Snoqualmie Hat by Andrea Mowry (yes, another one of her designs. They’re just so good). As soon as I picked this skein up, I knew it was meant to be.
The yarn I’m speaking of comes from Only the Finest – A Tennessee Alpaca Fiber Consortium. Made of 80% local alpaca, 15% BFL and 5% silk, this yarn is literally a dream. I couldn’t find the exact one I bought on their site, but it was 3.5 oz at 150 yards. It’s so soft, yet somehow very sturdy. The stitch definition is amazing and… I could go on. The lady who sold me the yarn told me she used navy on a tan base to color it. It’s such a unique blue-purple-grey shade. I wish I had bought a skein in every color!
My size 5 circular needles were otherwise engaged, so I knit the whole thing with size 6 and had no issues. Other than that slight modification, the pattern knit up perfectly as written. The pattern calls for 170 yards, but I only used maybe 80% of my 150 yard skein. I had purchased an extra 25 yard mini skein just in case, but didn’t come close to needing it.
Also, I haven’t blocked it yet (shhh)!! I just couldn’t resist seeing how it looked, but I imagine it will only look better after a nice block.
I adore all the texture (including squishy brioche – I can’t get enough)! The pattern is simple enough to be relaxing, but Andrea switches up the textures to keep you interested. This hat is definitely in my top 5 favorites and it’s such a quick knit that I’ll be making several as gifts! I daresay, it may be my favorite of Andrea’s patterns thus far.