Another Birthday, Another Gift… Another sister’s birthday is upon me and I am planning a custom made project to knit for her. After talking it over with her; I am settled to design and knit a cape as both a birthday gift and a general “Thank You” for everything she does for me.

I asked Parisa what she likes/does not like it to be. Her reply:

  • any soft, woolen yarn
  • any color except purple, green, yellow and peach
  • any design/pattern but not too fancy
  • little or no embellishment, please
  • mid hip length

Based on the above, I have already drawn up the general idea in my head (dangerous as the memory is not as close a friend as it used to be). I will knit the cape from top down. It will have a short stand-up collar and a decorative bottom edging. I will find a pretty clasp or two (not flashy) to close the front with and will have a surprise embellishment (not excessive) to bring it all together. I have not settled on exactly what stitching the body will be in but to keep Parisa happy; I might go with simple stockinette with a twist.  This is more or less what I have in mind:

I do have the yarn. Ordered it online and it is exactly as envisioned: Super Soft and in Pretty shades of pink with speckles of beige and grays.

Originally, I was going with Malabrigo Rasta which is a super bulky weight in soft 100% merino offering amazing color palettes. I also loved the quick knit aspect of this yarn. However, I knitted a swatch and thought the end result would be too stiff and not suitable for what I had in mind. Also, I really wanted to have a combination of merino and alpaca or silk for nice stitch definition, sheen and durability/less pilling. I found all these in Araucania Azapa.

It is a blend of 30% Alpaca, 45% Merino, 15% Silk and 10% Donegal. The weight is heavy worsted and the yardage at 140 is good enough.

My only problem at the moment is balling the skeins without my trusted “ball winder” as it was victim of a “ball winding war”.

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