Project – Hands Of Purple

Pattern: Hands Of Blue
Designer: Lucy Hague

Yarn: Rowan Alpaca Colour
Shade: Garnet (139)
Alpaca Colour 139

Ravelry: Hands Of Purple

Towards the end of last winter, I lost a lovely pair of leather gloves which left me without any nice gloves to use. I bought some cheap black synthetic ones to get me through to the end of the winter and decided to buy some nice ones for the next winter. During last year I realised that what I should obviously do was knit myself some nice gloves rather than buying them. I reviewed lots of patterns on Ravelry and got it down to a short list of two. Both patterns are gorgeous and I was completely unable to choose between the two, so I decided to make both! This pattern appealed to me not only because the design is visually stunning, but also because the name is a Firefly reference, so I was powerless to resist it.

Regular readers may recall that I was gifted a giant cloud of soft lovely Alpaca Colour by my colleagues when I left my job of 10 years back in October. I was also lucky enough to have a skein of this gorgeous yarn for review, which it turned out would be perfect to make Hands Of Blue. One skein wouldn’t quite be enough to make the full-fingered version but, being part way through my Harewood scarf, I was quite confident that I would have some yarn left over when I finished it. As such, I pinched a bit from the second skein I hadn’t started for the scarf yet, and off I went.

This pattern is really gorgeous, the combination of the twisted rib and the curved lines from the lace pattern produce a stunning result. Alpaca Colour has now taken the crown as my favourite super-soft yarn, it’s like wearing clouds on your hands! Sadly the slight fuzz to this yarn loses the stitch definition a little and my not-great photography skills mean you lose it a little more in the photo, but regardless I could not be more pleased with these gloves. They are so soft and warm and pretty, what more could a girl want? I’m especially pleased with the length of the gloves, as there’s nothing I hate more than a glove that skimps on length and leaves me with draughty wrists!

If you’re looking for a new pair of gloves, I couldn’t recommend this pattern enough. It even has fingerless, half-finger and full-finger variations so that you can match exactly to your style and warmth needs. I’m also fairly confident that you could get a fingerless pair out of just one skein of Alpaca Colour, so great value too!

Life In Colour

Yesterday was my last day working at the company I’ve been with for just over 10 years, as I’ve taken the nerve-wracking but exciting decision to continue my career elsewhere. It was quite an emotional day and I’ve been really touched by the outpouring of kind words and well-wishes from my colleagues.

When presented with a huge card and a mystery parcel by my boss, I was overwhelmed to find this inside:
Alpaca Colour Yarn

Clearly with some assistance from my boyfriend (who works at the same company) my colleagues had got together to buy me a stash of Rowan Alpaca Colour yarn. In the Alpaca Colour design collection there is a wonderful striped scarf that I completely fell in love with but couldn’t justify the cost of making right now, and my colleagues have bought me the full set of yarn required to make it!

Harewood Scarf

When I start my new job next week, I will initially be based in the local office one day a week and at an alternative office 4 days per week, which is about a 2 hour drive away. This means that sadly I will be staying in a hotel 4 nights a week for several weeks until the initial training period is finished, but at least now I have this lovely project to keep me very good company during that time!

 

If you haven’t seen this gorgeous yarn from Rowan yet, I recommend you check it out. Brand new for Autumn Winter 2013, it is DK weight, made with 100% baby alpaca and comes in 10 luscious shades. The photos don’t do the colour justice and you can’t imagine how soft it is without getting your hands on some in person.

Jasper 134Iron 135Emerald 136Agate 137
Ruby 138Garnet 139Blue John 140Amethyst 141
Graphite 142Topaz 143

 

The design collection is quite contemporary and casual. These a just a few of my personal highlights, aside from the aforementioned scarf.

Calke
Calke looks wonderfully snug and I love the honeycomb pattern detail

Moreton
Moreton really caught my eye with the shoulder detail. I can’t work out whether I would actually wear it or not, but I still love it!

Coombe
Coombe is another invitingly warm winter knit, and who could resist cables as lovely as these?

Longshaw
Longshaw is a truly luxurious wrap. That eye-catching texture made in such a rich shade makes it irresistible for this autumn/winter.

Ashridge
Ashridge is a classic v-neck cardigan with the versatility to be dressed casually or towards the smarter end of your wardrobe. The simple lines will allow whichever shade of yarn you choose to really shine through.

Bolberry
Bolberry is my absolute favourite (my scarf aside, that is!) The asymmetrical detailing that you can see running from hip to hem on the front transforms what is otherwise quite a simple jumper into something much more intriguing. Yet another great texture is featured here too, and that wonderful shade of Agate steals the show, yet again.

Make sure to check out the whole collection on Rowan’s website and visit your local stockist to see just how gorgeous this yarn is in person.

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