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Malabrigo March

First up, huge apologies for my sudden and slightly prolonged absence. I have to confess it had a lot to do with the small amount of juice left in my glass that I spilled along my keyboard. Yup, my computer really doesn’t like me very much right now. The whole bottom row of keys isn’t working, as well as the space bar and enter key. Not good.  But I have fired up my work laptop so that I can type without the use of my onscreen keyboard.

So, secondly, thanks for all the comments on the previous post – it’s great to hear about your knitting practises and hear it confirmed I’m not a freak for wanting to keep those needles working no matter what is on them.

You might remember me saying I wasn’t too keen to join in Malabrigo March either. Well, I have no intention of using my all the Malabrigo in my stash – but I thought a few projects wouldn’t hurt. So, today I’ll show you the first instalment. There is another project on the needles to show off in the next couple of days too.

First up is the lovely Spring Beret which I knit up with some leftovers from last year. I had around 75g left, and I thought I was taking a risk in knitting this up as most people on Ravelry said it took the whole skein. They must all be generalising though – I still had at least 20g of yarn left when this was done.  The pattern is available as a free download and is a really simple knit.  You cast on the band first, do one increase round and then proceed to the lace pattern – work the repeats and then the simple decrease rounds – all done. Sooo much easier than the Rose Red beret, but in this yarn is still super delicious. Yum. Just waiting for cold weather now!

In terms of the fit, this could be bigger – I knit the number of repeats the pattern recommended – if you like a baggier beret, I would knit one or two more. In fact, this fit like a closely fit hat before blocking – so, don’t be afraid of knitting it bigger. The pattern calls for cotton yarn and I think that it would sit differently if I had knit it in cotton.

Now that is not all for today though! I finally cast off my Whisper Cardigan this afternoon. It is such a light knit that I was able to wash and block it this afternoon in time for a couple of pictures. Yay for lace yarn. This is knit up in Malabrigo Lace yarn, in the colourway Sealing Wax.  I used all but about 10g of two skeins – so around 90g all up.  I totally love this, although the knitting was tedious, truth be told.  The heavy needles and light yarn is such a mismatch, and the knitting is quite boring – stocking stitch in the round, in the flat, and ribbing – yawn! But, it is so lovely now that it is done. I am sure I will get heaps of wear out of this, especially since the days are starting to get a little cooler. Yay me for finishing something on time!  This is the smallest size – I knit the largest size last time and it keeps sliding off my shoulders. I re-measured before casting on this one – and while I might have been better off with the medium, this is a much better fit than my previous attempt. I did knit a heap of extra length though just finishing when it seemed long enough.

 

So, for someone *not* participating in Malabrigo March, that’s a lot of Malabrigo for one post 🙂

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In love with lace weight

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Last week I cast on for another Whisper cardigan. You might recall I knit one earlier in the year, just in time for weather too cold to wear it. In the last few weeks it has been getting some use, and this reminded me that I had bought some yarn for a second attempt at the pattern. The deliciously smooshy Malabrigo Lace Yarn. 

I have to confess that I had no idea how this would knit up, or I would never had let this languish in my stash through the winter. Who would have imagined the beautiful cuddly depth of this yarn?  Not me anyway. Knit on 4.5mm needles, the fabric this produces is so incredibly soft I had to pass it around knitting group the other night to let everyone else have  a pat. I fear my developing yarn snobbery may rub off on them eventually.

But this has got me thinking several things.

a) Is all lace weight yarn as delicious? This is the only one I’ve tried. I may need to try more!

b) This is the recommended yarn for the pattern. I liked the version I did earlier in the year. But I *love* this sooo much more. So, am I missing out on this in-love experience for all the patterns I knit? The range of yarn available in New Zealand is increasing all the time, and thanks to the dollar’s recent rise overseas yarn isn’t too bad, but I do prefer to shop local and support LYS when I can too.   I might have to reconsider impluse buys though, especially on sales, if they aren’t going to do justice to a pattern.

I am taking this knitting on this cardigan slowly – I have masses of Christmas knitting and other projects to do, but when I need  a simple knit with delicious yarn, this will be my project of choice.

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What do Shakespeare and knitting have in common?

Answer? Both were part of an enjoyable weekend away

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Our family took a long weekend break this past weekend to travel across to Turangi to visit DH’s great aunt.  Apart from his parents and sister, she and her family are his only relatives in NZ.  We usually go across to visit her once a year, although we missed a year last year.  And we love to visit in Autumn if we can – Turangi has something we don’t get here – lovely deciduous trees.  It’s much better to visit than to be responsible for raking up all those leaves, but it’s totally irresistable to crunch and kick your way through piles of fallen leaves.

Another lovely aspect of the visit is that DH’s great aunt in another knitter.  So lovely to have knitting company, even if she does favour acrylic yarns! DD 2.8 was delighted to find a hand-knit blanket on her bed – there were also ones for DS, and a double one in the master bedroom.  And in our room, this crocheted beauty 🙂

 

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I had plenty of time to sit and knit while the kids explored a new house, DS enjoyed a Sky-watching marathon and we all relaxed after our time at the Tokaanu hot pools. There is a cool wee DOC track around a geothermal area including a few wee mud pools which were  a hit with the kids, as per usual. And look at what got it’s first outing…

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Great Aunt’s house is full of wee treasures – from the nostalgic items like candlewick bedspreads and a knitted doll covering a spare toilet roll, through to a great collection of teddy bears for the girls to enjoy. And, for me, a copy of Bill Bryson’s book on Shakespeare. Okay, call me mad, but I had it read cover to cover by the time we left today.  And really enjoyed it. Given my not-so-past-life as a high school English teacher, and my current post-grad -student-of-English designation, such madness is really par for the course. And luckily, thanks to many a mis-spent evening in front of the computer knitting, I can knit and read at the same time.

As well as knitting on Whisper, I cast on these cute socks last night:

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These are the Staccato Socks from Knitting Socks with Handpainted Yarn, colourway JOY from Vintage Purls. They are supposed to be knit in stripes, but I only had one colourway with me – they are looking sweet though, so I think they will be a success.

It was time to head back home today, and somehow DH missed the turnoff to take us back the route we came. I deny all responsibility – I was knitting, not driving! So we ended up coming back via the Forgotten Highway. Possibly the shortest, but most isolated route home. The AA describes it as ” one of New Zealand’s most secluded roads, explores the ever-changing landscape between Taumarunui and Stratford.

New Zealand’s first heritage trail, this scenic route winds over four mountain saddles, alongside the spectacular Tangarakau Gorge and passes through the 180-metre-long, single lane, Moki tunnel.”  They forgot to mention the 30 or so kilometres that aren’t sealed yet.  But it was a good, very quiet, trip – we didn’t pass another car, or get passed, on the whole 4 or so hour journey home.

And so now we are home again… I think I’ve got a bit of button shopping and blocking to do tomorrow!


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