And ta da, here is what was in my parcel.
After falling in love with the Japanese Flower granny square scarf made by Lucy at Attic 24 , I couldn't resist doing some research on the wool she used. It is Debbie Bliss Andes and as described is a luxurious blend of baby alpaca and silk made in Peru. The reviews about this yarn were overwhelmingly positive with most praising its softness and feel while working it. I guess reasons why it is bought up everywhere as I would find out. Debbie Bliss is well known in the wool world having her own magazine, authored many knitting books, and put her label on a whole line of yarns.
This is one of her books I borrowed from the library and I was attracted because the projects all looked doable for even me, a novice knitter. It was published in 2005 and is called simply Home.
This project below, in particular, is a gorgeous blue using the relatively simple Moss stitch and what a lovely throw it produced. There are several videos of Debbie on Youtube; what an accomplished and interesting lady.
I had the darndest time trying to track down the Andes yarn . Most yarn shops both online and local seemed to have only a colour or two and many said they were all sold out. Finally I happened upon Infinite Yarns in Farmingdale, New York and lo and behold, they had in stock all the colours. I had a lovely chat with the lady who helped me with my order and who was very interested in how I heard about this particular yarn. She made note of Attic24 to have a look at Lucy's lovely scarf.
Now this wool is not cheap; I'm still in mild shock at spending the most money I have ever spent on wool in my life.
But they did not lie; this wool does feel divine and the colours are beautiful. Whenever I have a few spare moments, I am busy rolling it into balls and daydreaming about what to make with it.
What is it about beautiful wool that stirs us wool-loving people so....