I visited Milwaukee with my friend Megan and boyfriend Scott recently. At only an hour from Chicago, it's a perfect weekend stop. Scott and I had only been there for Bucks games before, but this time we dug into all the Lake Michigan gem had to offer.
Hats are a great one-skein project, worn by almost everyone, and quick to make. They're also wonderfully customizable, especially when you find a "teaching" pattern that gives you tips and a recipe rather than just straightforward color by the numbers steps.
When a coworker was getting rid of ultra soft sport-weight alpaca in this neutral dusty navy, I knew I wanted to make a top down hat.
Last Thanksgiving, I bought a small skein of light-as-air Abbey Alpaca at the Minneapolis Holidazzle. It was a pleasure to work with, even though I frogged the headband a couple times. I finally found the right tension and perfect little embellishment. The result was the perfect Christmas gift for my little sister, who braves Chicago public transportation all winter long.