March 09, 2021
Malabrigo hosts an annual KAL, with the featured yarn changing from year to year. This year's star of the show is Sock, and the pattern, free on Ravelry or Malabrigo's website uses three colors of this fingering weight favorite.
The pattern sample, pictured above, uses three new colors--Gingy, Myths, and Jasmine. The kit that uses them will be available for pre-order as soon as my order has shipped. All other combinations are in stock, and ready to ship. To see available quantities and the larger images of each combination, select an option from the drop down menu--the quantity available and the feature image will update.
The fun begins on April 1st, and you can find additional details about the KAL here. If you're planning on knitting along, don't forget to sign up. For the duration, Malabrigo will be selecting participants who share their projects on Instagram, Facebook, and Ravelry using the hashtag #malabrigokal for prizes.
Current open hours are Monday - Friday, 7am-3:30pm, and Saturdays, 9am-3pm. In-store shopping: mask covering nose and mouth required for the duration of your visit. We continue to be mindful about making it possible to maintain social distancing in the shop.
Thursday, March 11, 4:00-6:00pm
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/981942707?pwd=TExyQlRPWnB3OW40QkFZRCs5aVRtQT09 OR open Zoom and enter 981-942-707 for the meeting ID
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Reminder: we've consolidated to just one Zoom event for now, but if you'd like to share project photos, chat, or share KAL progress, we'd love for you to create an account at yarnfolk.com and participate in the community we're building there. No intent to be yet another social network, but it's an option for sharing that doesn't depend on any outside platform. You can find it here.
Although we're still waiting on the new colors of Sock (see above), we did add stock of Rios, Arroyo, and a little bit of Rasta to the shelves last week--including a few colors we haven't had on hand before. If you're thinking of a sport weight sweater for spring, there are lots of choices in Arroyo for you at the moment. (It's also a great weight for baby garments.)
I've noticed it, as have many of my shop owner friends: during the past year, more of you have taken to knitting sweaters. Ravelry pattern sales reflect the trend: while as a category, accessory sales exceed clothing sales, sweaters represent the largest of any subcategory. And while pullovers are significantly more popular than cardigans (71% pullovers, 28% cardigans, 1% other), today, I am thinking about buttons.
Beyond color and size, what else do we need to think about when attaching buttons? Here are some great blog posts on the subject:
Jill Wolcott -- Buttons & Buttonholes on Your Knits
Modern Daily Knitting -- Techniques In Depth: How to Attach Buttons
Fiber Flux Blog -- How to Choose Buttons
Sew Daily -- Tips for Sewing Buttons on Handknits
(Ravelry stats here.)
On Sunday morning, I had time and quiet to sit down and finish the front of Deliciosa. Norah Gaughan is a veteran designer, and the pattern is well written and clear, but that doesn't change the fact that working a cable chart with a 50 stitch repeat AT THE SAME TIME as neckline and shoulder decreases requires time to concentrate (and for me, that's best done early in the day). Next step is picking up stitches for the sleeves, which are then worked flat from top to cuff. Getting closer, and enjoying this cheerful color of Berroco Lanas along the way.
Over the last week Roadrunner DK was my go-to auto pilot project. Once set up, the 16 row repeat was easy to remember, and the Murky Depths Neptune DK is a wonderful yarn to knit with. After blocking, there's just one short seam to sew. I started with most of a skein, and used 77 grams!
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