Fiesta Yarns started doing a Flower of the Month colorway each month with three different yarns, complete with patterns to go with. I have collected all of the colorways but haven't done anything with them, partly because I have way too many projects in my queue. The yarn is so beautiful, however, that it has been calling to me, so I finally broke down and pulled out the September colorway. The yarn is Ballet, and it is 50% Superfine Alpaca and 50% Tencel and comes in 350 yard skeins. It knits up at 22 stitches and 28 rows to 4 inches on size 6 needles. This is the first time that I have worked with the yarn and I am liking it. I haven't really worked with Alpaca before, and I am finding it a bit hairy (I like smooth yarns - no mohair or angora for me). I have woven with Tencel, but never knit with it. Tencel is a cellulosic fiber created by humans as a replacement for silk. It gives the yarn a nice sheen.
For this project I created a top-down raglan pullover in my Sweater Wizard software. The pattern that came with the yarn is a lace pullover that I thought was just too busy when you combined the lace stitch with the colors of the yarn. I am letting the yarn pool if it wants to rather than working from two skeins as is usually recommended. Frankly I feel that when you try to prevent the yarn from pooling you end up with a chaotic color effect that I find disturbing.