After making the Puddle Duck for the little babe and seeing how perfect a design it is, I decided to go ahead and make one for myself. The adult version is the Nutkin. However, we don't look too matchy-matchy, since hers was knit in a natural colored worsted weight wool and I choose a 50/50 wool and alpaca blend in a reddish brown color for myself. I have only knit with alpaca once before, just one skein for a cowl, and I didn't remember exactly how amazing it feels to knit with. I know that I say that all of the yarns I knit with are soft and squishy, but this really is! And much lighter than straight wool. I am a bit of a yarn snob and prefer to buy yarn from American companies and independent spinners, rather than large international companies. But for this project, I wanted to start it NOW and I was trying to keep costs down, so I went to the local yarn shop and found the Berroco Ultra Alpaca and I actually really enjoyed knitting with it. Made it Peru, it definitely wasn't a sustainable purchase from an environmental standpoint, but it will be a staple in my wardrobe, so I'm making excuses. And without further ado, here is my Nutkin, straight off the needles and unblocked, but just begging to be worn on the first real snow day of the Winter. (Yes, thrown on right over my pajamas. No fancy photo shoot here.)
I love it! Keeps my core warm, yet my arms are free. Not too loose and swingy. The pockets will hold a credit card or small nature finds. When worn with tight jeans and a striped shirt, I think it will look rather stylish. (Nothing really looks good when paired with baggy brown fleece pants.) And it just plain feels amazing to the touch. I am now an alpaca lover.