Julie And The Knits is massively influenced by the Japanese culture. I’m not sure how it all started. I just feel drawn to anything that comes from Japan – the food, manga, anime, the kawaii culture etc. And since I visited Japan a few years ago I am officially in love with the country as well! I’m sure my friends are bored with me going on about it, but I just can’t help it. OBSESSED!
That brings me to today’s topic: alpacasso (also called arpakasso). But what is this???
Alpacasso is derived from the word ‘alpaca’. An alpaca is one of the cutest animals on planet Earth. They’re also a knitter’s favourite because their coat makes the softest wool.
One day, a clever guy in Japan decided to create plush toy versions of this animal and alpacasso was born! The company Amuse first used them as prizes in claw machines but more recently, they became available online, yay! If you’re into kawaii stuff, prepare to be amazed!
I first came across Tasty Peach Studio’s Zombie Alpaca Plush and soon realised that Alpacassos were a huge phenomenon! They come in so many colours, sizes and shapes, it can be really hard to pick one. Of course, quality varies as well, so if you would like to buy one, make sure you do plenty of research first!
Below is the alpacasso I bought for my friends’ daughter’s 1st birthday. After browsing many websites I ordered a plain cream plush from Blippo.com. It was so soft and kawaii I just wanted to keep it to myself! (Apologies for the terrible photos, I quickly took them with my phone because I’m an idiot).
I’d also knitted Eliza a scarf so decided to wrap it around and it basically become the best present ever! I found the pattern for this pompom scarf on this super cute blog.
If you’re aware of any other gems from Kawaii Land please do share them here!
I hope you”re enjoying this new section of my blog! It’s a bit of a mess at the minute, but I know a lot of you enjoy getting an insight into other knitters’ creative process (I really do) so let’s see where this takes us. The main highlight of these last couple of weeks has been two of my tutorials featuring in Gathered – one of them even was the cover star!
I’m actually already working on exciting winter projects for Gathered. I can’t tell you much at the moment, but hopefully will be able to show you pics soon. The great thing is, these tutorials are for beginners so anyone will be able to give them a go! I don’t know about you, but when I started knitting I remember getting really bored of the basic garter stitch. Ok it’s easy, and yes you can create great knits, but there are many more easy (and million times prettier) stitches out there! A good example it THIS stitch. I’m in love. Find out more in Gathered soon!
I’m also working on another winter custom order for a friend of mine. The brief: a brown scarf for men. I’m used to knitting girly stuff, so I looked for a new stitch and found this beauty: the knot stitch.
The knot stitch (MK) is worked on the wrong side row (knit each right side row). Purl 3 stitches together (p3tog), then without taking the stitches from the left needle, bring the yarn over the right needle (yarn over yo) and purl again into those 3 stitches together. Now repeat to the end of the row.
Ok, it might take me a while to get this scarf done due to the technicality of the stitch and how much attention it requires but I can’t wait to see the result! In the meantime, here are some snoods and scarves I’ve made in the past.