That alpaca I brought home from Johnny Appleseed has been calling my name (the alpaca YARN, not a real alpaca ANIMAL), but I have not yet found the right pattern for it. So I turned to something that has been on my queue for a while: Mason-Dixon's 'Belinda'. That is the good news. The bad news is I am knitting it in Rowan Kidsilk Haze.
I have a love-hate relationship with Kidsilk Haze. My knitting history is littered with started and unfinished Kidsilk Haze projects. The yarn is next to impossible to knit, definitely impossible to unknit, and yet, when I do occasionally win the battle and complete something in Kidsilk Haze, I love the finished product.
Keeping my eyes on the prize, I struggled to get this thing started...
...and am about ten rows farther along than this photo indicates. Each pair of rows takes about 15 minutes to complete. And I have about 260 more rows to go. To be HALF done. Gah.