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Peruvian Diamonds


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I was given this absolutely beautiful fiber. It was incredibly soft and oh so special. What was this fiber? It was Royal Suri Alpaca fiber from Peru. I was only given a small amount (less than an ounce) so I knew I wanted to make something special with it once it was spun up. I chose to spin it on my Siberian Russian spindles. The resulting yarn was incredible. Very soft and it had a nice halo. The spun yarn is what inspired this pattern. I wanted something that would showcase the yarn without hiding the lovely lace pattern. I also wanted something that lent itself very nicely to beading. I took the yarn with when I went to pick out and purchase beads. I wanted a bead that would flatter the yarn without overpowering it. I wanted a bead that was subtle, yet would surprise you with a bit of sparkle. The end result is Peruvian Diamonds This is a wonderful pattern in which to knit until you run out of yarn. Be sure to weigh your yarn before you start. Weigh it again after you have completed the 6 row garter stitch border. This will tell you about how much yarn you will need for the 6 row garter stitch border on the other end, plus the bind off. GAUGE 7sts/9 rows per inch - blocked in stockinette (gauge is not critical - it's more important to achieve a fabric that is to your liking) SUGGESTED YARN 220 yards of Lace weight PREFERRED BRAND/YARN personal preference COLORWAY personal preference

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I enjoy spinning, knitting, and quilting. I have a small spinner's flock consisting of 11 Shetland sheep, 3 Suri alpacas, 3 Huacaya alpacas, and 2 llamas who watch over them all. Finding patterns for using with handspun yarns hasn't always been easy. Since I primarily use my own handspun yarns (there are gift giving) I started dabbling with designing my own quite some time ago. I've received so many very nice comments about my original designs that I thought I would make them available for everyone. I try to write each pattern so that it can be used whether you use a handspun yarn or commercially purchased yarn. I also try to write each pattern so they are fun to knit...not frustrating. It is my sincere hope that everyone who uses one of my patterns enjoys knitting it as much I enjoy creating it. As for copyright...only the written instructions, photos, diagrams, charts are copyrighted. What you do with the finished item is strictly up to you. After all, you made it. =) So you can love it, sell it, give it away, or whatever else you would like to do with it. Happy Knitting!!