Alpaca-Silk Pullover with Lace Detail

I apologize for the long break. I was not feeling well and took a little break from knitting and blogging. (I will explain what has been going on with me in more detail at the end of this post.)  However, now I am back to knitting and just finished this beautiful lace pullover. The pattern is called Late Nights by DROPS Design. I fell in love with this pattern as soon as it was published. I love that the lace pattern is on the lower portion of the sweater and not on the top, where most patterns position it. It was a very easy pattern to knit and I was able to complete it very quickly. I only altered the dimensions of the piece. I made it much longer with a very loose fit in the body. I love how it turned out. It is very light and soft with a beautiful drape.

Late Nights by DROPS Design knitted with purple Brushed Alpaca Silk

Pullover with lace pattern knitted with DROPS Brushed Alpaca Silk

Closeup of lace pattern of purple alpaca silk sweater

I used DROPS Brushed Alpaca Silk, which is a luxurious blend of alpaca and mulberry silk. The color is called Purple. It is a lovely and vibrant color that looks purple outside in the sun but more like magenta with a little burgundy inside of my house. I planned to knit this piece with the darker Violet color; however, I accidentally selected Purple, when ordering the yarn. Although I was a little disappointed, when I received my order, as I already knitted a sweater with this exact color of yarn, I still love it.

About my brief absence: In my last post I mentioned that I got injured in early September, when Chance dragged me down my front porch. A doctor diagnosed it as an ankle sprain and I was put into a walking boot for a few weeks. Unfortunately, I felt that my foot was not improving and the pain became excruciating, when the doctor recommended that I transition out of the boot. After my lack of improvement was not taken seriously by my doctor, I finally demanded an MRI of my foot. It showed a fracture in my heel bone on the outer and a torn ligament on the inner side of my foot. Both injuries are serious and do not appear to be healing. The subpar medical care, the constant pain, and my inability to move around has been very difficult and frustrating. I was losing hope of ever walking again and just wanted to hide away from the world. I could not even pick up my knitting needles to take my mind of this new reality. Although I am still feeling very sad, at least now I have a clear diagnosis and a treatment plan with a more experienced and caring doctor. I am so mad at myself for not switching doctors sooner. My injuries may have healed by now, had I not been encouraged to walk on a fractured foot. At this point, I am just hoping that I will get better without surgery. Anyway, considering that I will be chair-bound for a while, I see a lot more knitting in my near future. So stay tuned for more projects.

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