Sunday, August 21, 2011

Oh Malabrigo

I was gifted this Malabrigo worsted weight yarn from a fellow friend on the Ravelry group "Random Acts of Kindness." 

I had heard about this yarn on the DoubleKnit Podcast and placed it on my monthly wishlist.  I was surprised that the donor didn't want this yarn.

This under-spun worsted weight yarn is luxurous and very nice to work with. I made this Saroyan Shawlette, available for free on Ravelry.  

The Saroyan is the opposite of the Cedar Leaf Shawl that you knit vertically instead of horizontally and the leaves are knitted on as you move up the pattern.  While the Cedar Leaf Shawlette has a fixed width, you can make the Saroyan Shawl as long and as wide as you want.

Cedar Leaf Shawlette

One of my favorite knitting podcasts is "Never Not Knitting." The host, Alana Dakos is a knitter and a designer. When she released the designed this shawlette, I had to make one for myself. 

The pattern called for Handmaiden Lady Godiva, a 50/50 silk and wool blend. It took two hanks to make up this beautiful garment. 

Although it looks complicated, it was quite easy. Like I said, "all you have to do is read and count." I would love to make another as a gift for someone very special. I can't wait for the weather to turn a little colder so that I have an excuse to wear it. The ice blue will look great against my purple coat.