I’m one day behind the official start date of the Celtic Cast On KAL for Aidez, but that’s ok as I have many other projects going on at the moment. I was able to wind two cakes of my Plymouth Yarn Baby Alpaca Grande early this morning and started off by doing a gauge swatch – yes, I do those now and then.
I used the pattern suggested gauge of 15 sts + 16 rows = 4” over stockinette using an US size 10 1/2 needle. I was quite pleased that I matched gauge so I will not be making any size adjustments other than shortening the sleeves and possibly the length of the over all cardigan.
I’m following Kelly’s lead over at the Celtic Cast On and starting with the sleeves. I’ve completed the ribbing and one repeat of the pattern. This yarn is soooo squishy soft!!! I think this pattern is going to knit up quickly and I can’t wait to get it finished so I can wear it this fall.
I think overall I must be on an Alpaca yarn kick this month. I’m using my stash of Louise Harding Thistle in Berry, an Aran weight yarn in a very soft blend of 60% Merino and 40% Alpaca, for the Schooner shawl that I’ve been working on. I’ve just about completed the body of the shawl and will be starting the edge by tomorrow. I really love how it is starting to look!