Monday, May 18, 2009

I've Got Mail

And it's yarn, no less!

Okay, so my family might not have been so excited, but I was darn thrilled. If you've been reading my blog for any time at all, you'll know that I rave and rave about how wonderful Malabrigo is. Because of how amazing and incredible this Uruguayan treat is, I haven't really branched out much lately. I buy a lot of Malabrigo. But recently, I got to thinking - do my yarn 'icon knitters' specify that they've got a favorite yarn? And they don't - they experiment with all kinds of yarns, and test new yarns, and see what the buzz is about. Which is why I've been inclined lately to *gasp* branch out from the Malabrigo and try some new stuff.

First up, I wanted to see what all the fuss is about with Madelinetosh, an indie dyer who just seems to be all the rage on Ravelry. Her colorways are gorgeous - and the yarns, from what I'd heard, equally exquisite. I found the right color at Eat.Sleep.Knit some time ago, but just couldn't really pony up the money. When I did have a bit more cash, I went back to find that the colorway I wanted - violin - was sold out. Go figure. So when The Backwards Loop announced that they were having a 10% sale in honor of their anniversary, and they carried Madelinetosh, I had to check to see if they had it. And they did. It arrived to day and was, well, incredible. The hand of the yarn in the skein is very nice, sort of a mid-weight worsted. It's plied, and the colors are certainly handpainted but not streaky. I'm interested to see how it knits up - going to do a review, of sorts! (My first review, as if anyone's going to be that interested in it, ha!)

The second yarn I've been wanted to try was the Shibui Knits Sock yarn. My friend Ivy, who is one of the most sunny people I know, is on the list to receive Christmas gifts this year. And yes, for once, I am starting early. VERY EARLY. I will not be held back at crunch time this year (literally, last year, was finishing a sweater in the upper bedroom the day before Christmas. Not cool.) So she's getting a pair of socks in Shibui's bubbly colorway, Finch. I know Ivy will take care of them - she handwashes a LOT of her clothing already - plus, they're superwash, so if an accident happens, there's a good chance they'll survive. I don't know what pattern I'll be using yet - let me know if you have any ideas!

Last, but not least (since obviously I can't have any yarn days that don't include Malabrigo!), my good friend Tricia sent me a skein of Malabrigo's Merinocash that I traded her for. It's in the testing stages, but I'm sure they'll release it soon, especially since everyone's gone so crazy about it. The colorway is Pearl Ten, a sort of deep gray with touches of purple, and the yarn is 70% merino, 30% cashmere lace. I'm making a Featherweight Cardigan (Ravelry Link), using mostly the Pearl Ten with some stripes of Malabrigo Lace in Sapphire Green. She was so generous to trade - and even sent a novelty chocolate bar with it. Have any of you had bacon-chocolate? I'm not sure which way I feel about it, but I'm willing to keep trying as long as I've got the bar in my fridge!


  1. I love Malabrigo too, but I love Shibui sock a lot. It is SO sproingy and soft.

    I'll be looking forward to your reviews!

  2. Great colors! And welcome to the world of yarn beyond Malabrigo:) I've never knit with Malabrigo, but it must be absolutely heavenly if it can inspire people to resist everything else!


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