Monday, May 18, 2009

Malabrigo en lace

Malabrigo wool, aka crack heroin for knitters, is a dream to work with. Buttery soft. Gorgeous, saturated colors. Not an itchy fiber whatsoever. Sigh.

I recently decided to master knitting lace, something I've always wanted to do, but was a little too intimidated to try. And designing lace patterns? That's just crazy talk.

But I was determined, first got over my inability to knit from charts (that was a tough one, but I'm much more confident now) earlier this month. Then knit a lot of swatches in fingering an lace weight yarns (most of which stunk - hard to see yarn that fine!). Then thought, hmmm, let's play with some Malabrigo!

So here we are - my first lace design and in one of my very very favorite wools. I flanked a lace panel with lace columns and an i-cord border. I'm very happy with this, just wish I'd had more wool in this colorway so that it could be longer.

To be listed in my shop this week!


fray said...

Knitting lace???

You are my hero. :)

Oh, you are so right about Malabrigo! I have 3 skeins of it taunting me right now. Haven't tried lace yet--too scared about the small needles! I'm so impressed by your new design...way to go!

xo Sarah

. Phydeaux . Phydelle . said...

I tell you, it's not that hard after all! I think the secret is in realizing that lace is nothing more than yarn overs and decreases. :) Mind you, I haven't tried very elaborate 20+ row stitches, but good Lord, that would take years to finish. :)

Yay for Malabrigo!!!

Oooo, I'd love to see a Fray design in Malabrigo - wowee, that would be sumptuous!!!!

June Shin said...

I LOVE Malabrigo! It's so yummy!

heather jane said...

beooo. teee. ful.

That's a helluva scarf, there, Brenda. Nice work.

. Phydeaux . Phydelle . said...

Aww, thanks Heather! :) June, you're so lucky, you get a discount! :D