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Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Alaska Knitting


I'm not a person who wears fur (come to think of it, I don't wear leather anymore either). But Juneau, Sitka, and Ketchikan Alaska are filled with fur and sheepskin shops.

Venturing into a fur store, I found the most amazing thing. A KNITTED mink shawl/scarf. I didn't believe it was knitted. The store clerk then showed me the mink yarn. Amazing.

The clerk discovered I was a knitter. She pulled me around the store, showing me all the different knitted fur items, and the fur yarn that made them. I was in a state of incredulous amazement (hence the weird expression on my face)! This is a knitted beaver shawl.

Needless to say, all these items were $1,000 - $5,000 and obviously, none of these treasures came home with me. But I appreciated the clerks enthusiasm and her willingness to let me take pictures.

During our Alaskan cruise, I started and knit 13.5 inches of my pink sweater as well as most of one sleeve.

So far, I like this pattern. I like that the left, right, and back pieces are all one piece (so far) and how the increases are worked into the pattern. I've also enjoyed knitting a sleeve in the round and adding 2 increases every 6 rows. This gives the sleeve a lovely tapering shape. I hope I'm creating a wearable garment. And this will be forever remembered as "The Alaskan Sweater".

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