Its a bulky gray chunky baby alpaca yarn...I think I have a total of 216 yards of it (2 skeins) and it's beautiful! Its some of the softest yarn I've ever laid my hands on and I'm really excited to use it.
Baby Alpaca Chunky
100% Baby Alpaca
Gray - Dye Lot 9963
Made in Peru
I planned on making socks for my BF out of this great stuff but then reconsidered after realizing this is a handwash only yarn. Its pretty delicate and I know he won't take the time to hand wash them. That means he'll either wear them once and never see them again, or I'll get stuck washing them. Yuck. So I'm thinking a cowl is the way to go. He fishes all the time (especially in the winter) and a "neck warmer" as he called it will be put to good use.
The color is perfect for a "manly" knit and you won't have to wash it as often (I won't have to wash it as often).
I love Cascade Yarns. They are one of my favorite companies. They offer a huge selection of fibers and at reasonable prices and there colors always seem to be "just what I was looking for". Over the summer I started the Girl Friday cardigan with a Cascade Yarns product in an Aqua blue, and loved every minuet. By the way I'm still working on that cardigan. I really only have to sew the pieces together and finish the button band, but I havn't found the right buttons for it yet, so I've procrastinated on it's completion. You can check out the pictures of it on my ravelry page (hfoolwm). And while your at it you could probably shame me for putting it off for so long. Maybe the guilt will inspire me to finish it.
Anyways...this is the pattern I would LIKE to do the cowl in. I frankly love it.
Its the Burberry Inspired Cowl Neck Scarf by Julianne Smith
The designer did a great job, however, I have a feeling that the cable-like movement of the scarf will be too feminine for my fisherman. So I should probably stick with some more simple.