Another birthday chullo for my brother. He just loves them so much, he wears them like hair. For this birthday I chose to make an anniversary of last April’s Camino Inca Chullo pattern release, knitting from the pattern. This one samples the Incan wave motif, and I knit it up in some lovely soft Juniper Moon “Herriot” yarn, which is 100% undyed baby alpaca, and this baby is soft! My brother likes the folk look of the ‘gnome’ crown, so I worked the option for slower decrease and it is just a bit gnome like…
Its the tassels that my brother really loves, and with a brow/mustache comb that has needle-sharp brass teeth, I am able to comb through the pompom fringe and fluff up the fine hairs to a really fine furry puff …
Voila! I even tied on an extra bit of yarn to comb into a tassle at the tip of the earflap.
This being the last of the deadline knitting, I am now able to spend some time experimenting with the traditional “mens” chullo ~~ the varied regional methods of picot edges, and knit with needles traditionally made from bicycle wheel spokes! When time, opportunity & energy come together in the near future, I will continue where I left off, and embark on a new chullo knitting adventure ! But for now I will leave you with an artful & inspiring short travel ad film which gives glimpses of the wild landscape and colorful textiles of Peruvian Highlands that I have been so very drawn to …
Nearing the end of my scheduled project deadlines, I decided to spin up the alpaca stash I’ve built up over the decades. I have taken it upon myself to spin up a couple of skeins of yarn for Nora’s Mom, as I hear she is knitting now quite regularly, and I thought it an excellent opportunity to put to use some of the exotic and luxurious white huacaya suri alpaca I have. Well I asked what color alpaca yarn would she like, and she requested purple.
I asked, not being familiar with a one-tone sort of roving dye experience, ” might you like a reddish purple varigated, sort of plummy …. or maybe a blueish indigo-ey ???”
But Nora’s Mom’s answer was “… just purple “.
Well, Nora’s Mom, here is a nice straight-with-no-chaserPURPLE.
I am not accustomed to having ever before dyed, spun, or knit anything ‘just purple’, especially in such complete unvarigatedness as this alpaca roving I just dyed. Oh and in case you didn’t notice, I’ll point out that it is a bit felted. I was impatient while dying, as I was trying to cook dinner at the same time ( I don’t recommend that), and managed to agitate the roving too much (instead of stirring the soup, perhaps I stirred the steaming dye bath ??)… so I’m paying for that by having to mess with the roving a bit before spinning it. (I think the technical term is ” pre-drafting “.)
Upcoming, a little skein or two of ~ r e g a l but sexy ~ and very purple handspun !