I wanted to go into NATURE, to take photos of my new FO:
Tahki Lima yarn, all of 11 balls, sizes 6 and 8 needles, about three weeks of non-exclusive knitting
The Lima yarn is an acrylic and alpaca blend. However, it is mostly alpaca and thus worked well for the pattern. The recommended yarn is alpaca. I got gauge, so the knitting was according to pattern and was easy. I loved knitting the pentagons in the round. Switching to the dpns as I got to the centers was tricky, but it only lasted a few rows and then I was down to 8 stitches and done.
The drape is excellent, the yarn is super soft and not at all itchy after hand washing and blocking. It is a very light yarn, but expands well -- no see-through and no shedding. Oh, that drape! So this is what it is like to knit a good pattern with nice yarn. I've been buying cheap yarn for so long, I haven't had the experience much. Not that Lima is expensive, especially on sale at Elann.
Yes, it is a "killer" sweater, as Virginia, my old blogging buddy, put it. (Thanks, Virginia!) Even if I had to knit for weeks, then take a 'killer' hike to show it off, it was well worth it.
Well, enough of this gloating. I've got to get on and finish the laundry. But I'll be walking on air, even if it is uphill all the way.