When we released our merino/cashmere blend yarn Capra in the fall of 2010, we were really excited to see the response from customers – it was a hit! After that launch, we immediately started work on developing a finer weight of cashmere-blend yarn that would make super-squishy socks and floaty, lightweight garments. That yarn just launched – Capretta!
Capretta is a blend of 20.5 micron merino wool (for softness), cashmere (for that velvety I-can’t-stop-touching-it quality), and nylon (for durability). The swatch in the image above is knit at a fairly tight gauge, 8 stitches to the inch, and it feels cushiony and plush with a slight halo. I’m personally dying to try it out using a looser gauge on some lightweight sweater patterns like Pas de Valse by Marnie MacLean or Hannah Fettig’s Breezy Cardigan.
A few months ago, I finally got the nerve to try my hand at weaving. I first was intrigued by weaving when Kelley started to prepare the samples for her Weaving with a Ridig Heddle video class. I don’t know why, but for some reason I had it set in my mind that weaving was complicated and time consuming. And don’t get me wrong – weaving isn’t some I am able to start on a whim as easily as casting on some stitches for a knitting project. The preparation is a bit time consuming and takes a bit of finessing, but once you are actually weaving the entire process goes along fairly fast.
Even though my Christmas crafting is over, I still have some really fun gifts I’m excited to get started on. I have some really good friends expecting babies this year so that means I get to make a lot of baby things!
My first projects are for 2 dear friends who are expecting their first baby in May. All of us are big University of Oregon Ducks fans (and if you are a college football fan, yes, we are all still celebrating the big win from yesterday) so I wanted to make sure I had a UofO theme for them. I’ll definitely make a Duck Hat of course!