Remember Fuerig? The black baby alpaca fibre I received back in the early Spring? Well after a few weeks of washing, carding and spinning this lusciously soft and silky fibre, it turned into a gorgeous jet black skein of yarn just begging to be petted and smooshed. Trust me, ask anyone who knits or crochets what they do with a pretty skein of soft yarn and you will understand our crazy ways.
Smooshing aside, I spent considerable time looking for the perfect shawl pattern to showcase the lovely fibre. It couldn’t be too complicated a stitch pattern as the black fibre would make any intricate stitch definition disappear, rendering it a total waste of time and energy. I settled on a simple pattern with a scalloped lace edging featuring tiny seed beads set in like iridescent blue stars against a jet black sky.
Knitting didn’t take too long as the first 80% of the shawl was a boring knit, but boring was good as I was soon going to be challenged in the final outer lace pattern section with painstakingly inserting hundreds of teeny blue beads onto stitches as I knit along each row. Definitely took some time and patience, but it was well worth it. This is the first time I have ever knit with beads and I am not too sure I will do so again, but for this project, it was how to best show off the qualities of Fuerig’s fleece.