Just a quick yarn recommendation, since I’ve been sitting knitting with it thinking that I really need to tell you how wonderful it is. It’s a naturally coloured blend of baby alpaca and tussah silk from here: http://www.ukalpaca.com/index.html One of the softest yarns I’ve ever knit with and compared to the only other alpaca silk blend I’ve used, the Debbie Bliss one, so much better. I’m always a little wary of alpaca, since some of them don’t have the guard hairs removed and feel really itchy to me but this isn’t itchy at all and it’s also spun really differently to the loose, fuzzy Debbie Bliss yarn which will hopefully mean it looks good for more than a millisecond. This blend is only available in a single colour, but judging by the snippets on the shade card the rest of their range is also wonderful. This arrived the day after I ordered it too, which always pleases my impatience. Anyway back to knitting with it.
Here in the studio, we are definitely feeling like it is sweater time. Some of us are still finishing up accessories from our holiday knitting, but we are excited about making sweaters and the workplace chat is full of links to Ravelry and other pattern sources with riffs on what yarn we could use and how we could adapt them.