A while back I tried to spin 100% alpaca and didn't enjoy it at all. The lack of crimp made it seem slippery in my hands and I couldn't get a consistent yarn so I gave up. Recently I was heading out to my once-a-month spinning group at the Ballard Library and I needed something to spin so I grabbed a bag of brown alpaca from my stash. I'm not sure where I acquired this roving. This time around I really liked spinning it and I chose to make a lace weight 2-ply yarn.
I ended up with a nice fat skein and then set about to find a pattern to knit. I came across Shield Lace Hat by Kristin Lamm. Perfect! After watching a few youtube videos, I used the tubular cast-on method. It's brilliant! I love how the edge looks with this kind of cast-on.
You can't really see the shield lace pattern in this hat, but I like it none the less.