Okay, so I'm fickle. When it comes to some things, I just can't be faithful. Yarn, for example. I realize I just professed my love for the new Ultra Alpaca Light a couple of weeks ago. And I do still love it. Very much. But someone new has stepped into my knitting life.
Malabrigo Lace Baby Merino....and her heavier sister Malabrigo Merino Worsted.
I don't even know if I can fully express the love I feel for these yarns. Picture the colors of Manos del Uruguay. You know, the lovely kettle-dyed, irregular semi-solids and variegateds. Now, imagine next-to-your-skin softness. It's so soft, I don't want to put it down when I'm done knitting. It's soft and light and an absolute joy to knit with.
I'm using the Malabrigo Lace Baby Merino to knit the laceweight prototype of the 2008 River Knits Mystery Shawl (more info to come in the next couple of months).
The color is Tuareg, and I'm using size 6 needles. I started with 4's, and found it was just a little too solid for a lace shawl. Sorry I can't show you the knitting in progress. After all, it's supposed to be a mystery.
I'm using the Malabrigo Merino Worsted for the Tomato (which I'll be teaching as a class at River Knits in September). I realize the pattern calls for Blue Sky Alpacas Dyed Organic Cotton, and the pattern appears in the book No Sheep For You. So, it's sort of strange that I'm using wool to knit it. However, I envision wearing it over a long-sleeved T-shirt this winter. I must admit, though, that the yarn is soft enough, I could comfortably wear it without the T-shirt on a cool fall day. The main color is Red Mahogany, and I'll knit the stripe designin Cadmium, which is quite possibly the most gorgeous yellow ever created.
Check out how lovely the Red Mahogany is:
I'm so in love with this yarn that I don't want to do anything else today. I just want to knit. Darn jobs and kids and housework......