The kids are back at school this week, so that must mean that sweater weather is here soon! And with sweater weather comes hats and scarves as well. It's the knitter's time of year. This week's yarn of the month is Du Store Alpakka's Faerytale, a 100% brushed alpaca. It has a tightly spun core for strength, but the brushed nature of the fibre means that it feels mostly made of fluff! It is used to its best advantage when knit on a larger needle, as the fluff fills in the space for a piece that is as lightweight as it is warm. As we look towards cooler months, this yarn is wonderful for accessories as well as oversized jumpers. Think 80s mohair jumpers, but for the modern day!

While looking on Ravelry to find patterns that call for Faerytale, we found the Swallow's Dance Hat, by Marianne J. Bjerkman. It is a free pattern for a cabled hat. The loose gauge works perfectly with the yarn and the cables to create a slouchy look.

[caption id="attachment_1455" align="aligncenter" width="640"]Swallow's Dance Hat, photo copyright to Marianne J. Bjerkman. Swallow's Dance Hat, photo copyright to Marianne J. Bjerkman.[/caption]

Du Store Alpakka is a Norwegian company that is an original supporter of the Mirasol project. This project is supported by a number of yarn and fibre companies that source their yarn in Peru. A percentage of profits from the yarn companies goes back to the communities of the workers in Peru to provide educational support for their families in the form of a school. Currently they are working towards raising money to open a secondary school and eventually higher education. You can read more about Du Store Alpakka and the Mirasol project on our website.

Use the code FAERY15 online to get 15% off Du Store Alpakka Faerytale until Sunday September 11th, while supplies last. Mention the sale in-store to receive the same offer.