I'm Totally in LOVE...
...with a yarn called Malabrigo!
Well, At Least The Lace Weight
I decided to fall prey to the pressure-filled concept of having one of my xmas gifts be hand-knitted this year. Someone on Ravelry suggested that "Henry" by Mareike Sattler published in Knitty was a classy man's scarf. It seemed like the perfect gift for our friend Charles. With a woven look, using a fine-gauge yarn, it would look spectacular, and still have the special quality of being handmade.
I started off using a merino/cashmere blend of yarn I have on a cone, but I didn't like the gauge, so I restarted using Malabrigo Lace (100% Baby Merino), and I was completely in love.
This yarn is so soft, and yet it has quite a bit of tensile strength for a one-ply laceweight. It's make the perfectly warm and soft fabric.
The only downfall to this project is that it takes forever, and I am making it longer than the pattern calls for. Each row on my scarf is 516 stitch and there are 148 rows in the pattern for the scarf. The pictures show that I'm up to row 36 at the moment. Quite a bit more knitting to finish before xmas...well, actually New Year's Eve, because that's when we celebrate xmas with Charles.
Amazon Best-Selling Knitting Book
How is it that this book stays at the top of Amazon's bestselling knitting books?
Stitch 'N Bitch by Debbie Stoller doesn't seem to get that much press in the blogs and forums that I read, and yet, it stays on the top of this list and has for quite a while.
I would have thought that Franklin's bookwould have been a little higher on the list as well...don't get me wrong...#9 is pretty amazing when you're up against the ever-popular Stephanie's library of books...and I guess his book hasn't been available for quite as long.