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.