Friday, June 4, 2010

Yarn Review - Malabrigo Rios


If you haven't heard yet, Malabrigo Yarns is going to be releasing a new yarn at TNNA this June! It's a plied superwash yarn (four plies, worsted weight) that will hopefully fill the demand for a sweater-worthy yarn that is super-soft, machine washable, and durable (with less pilling than the original Malabrigo Worsted). Since I arrived at the mill, I've been eyeing all the piles of Rios, which is in full production and should be in stores by September, at least, for those yarn stores that order at or right after TNNA.

While the official color card hasn't been released yet, I can tell you that all the colors I've seen are exceptionally gorgeous - Rios is superwash and takes the dyes differently than typical merino wool, with a different vibrancy and depth. I did bring home a few test skeins to sample. I'm knitting one of the single skeins up (it's a sort of denim-blue mix, a mistake color, not one of the color card colors) into a 4 x 4 ribbing scarf for a little boy who's birthday I was invited to this weekend. The other three skeins are from the same lot, and are also mistake colors -- they'll be knitted up into a vest pattern, if I can figure out the complex construction I'm hoping for.

The structure of Rios isn't splitty at all, which I think was my main worry -- the plies are very cushy, but not overspun, and the entire yarn is very round and even, making it possible to have really lovely stitch definition. I found it most comfortable to knit on size 8 needles, but I was looking for something quick, and I think Rios could comfortably fit on 7's or 6's, all the way up to 10's, if you like a loose stitch. The superwash content doesn't add that waxy or squeaky feel some superwash yarns have, though the finished product does have more sheen than regular merino. The colors are fantastic and have a unique sort of depth to them that resembles that of Madelinetosh, Wool Candy, or Sundara Yarns.

4 comments:

  1. Oh wow! That is so gorgeous. I can't wait until it hits the stores!

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  2. soooooooooooo preeeeeeeeety



    ::attempts to regain composure::

    That is really some gorgeous yarn, Hannah!

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  3. Oh looks so good, cant wait to try some!

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