Blue Sky Alpacas Techno
Blue Sky Alpacas Techno: Cloud-Soft Wonder
Color shown: 1977 Aquarius
The tag on a hank of “Techno” reads: “Whipped up alpaca”. You will know why the moment you hold it in your hands. Cloud-soft and light as fluff, this yarn will have your fingers itching to crochet it (or just pet it!) The tag does not include a crochet hook symbol or gauge recommendation, but since it appears to be a lightweight bulky, I set to work with a size K/10.5 (6.5 mm) hook to match the 10.5 US/6.5 mm knitting gauge suggested. Perfect!
"Techno's" plain look yet sumptuous feel led to a variety of swatches: a lace motif “super-sized”, a fan pattern fabric, and a textured ripple/single/double crochet combo. The more I worked with “Techno” the more I wanted to crochet, so I would happily have kept on going with other options just to see what would happen.
Visions of “exploded lace” shawls, openwork shrugs, textured cuffs, sleeve trims, cowls and fingerless mitts all come to mind as appropriate projects for quick-stitching “Techno.” You will get warmth without weight with this yarn, so I would say that in this case a little would go a long way in providing comfort. Small accessories would be dreamy in “Techno”. Larger projects might be best if crocheted in loose, openwork patterns, as the alpaca/merino/silk blend will furnish warmth naturally. And as stated above, once you start crocheting with it you won’t want to stop!
Rating: Highly recommended for its softness, versatility and stitching ease.
Content/Care: 68% baby alpaca/10% extra fine merino/22% silk. 120 yds/109 m per 50 gm ball. Suggested gauge: 3-5 sts/in. on size 10.5 US/6.5 mm needles. Hand wash or dry clean.
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