JLS (jlsjlsjls) wrote,
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A long while ago ...

... at a 2008 Boxing Day Sale, to be exact, I bought this:



Malabrigo Lace: 100% baby merino wool. Again, no specific pattern plans, but I've been coveting the newish Malabrigo rack at the store for a couple of months ... one of the ultimate pettable yarns. Just to give you an idea ... on a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being soft and 10 being steel wool scratchy, your average angora kitten or rabbit is about a seven while Malabrigo is a .5




It's been sitting happily in my stash, looking beautiful and being extremely pettable, with no particular purpose in its existence. Until now. Obviously I have an inner masochist that has remained hidden up until now, because I came across the pattern that is obviously what this yarn needs to be. I've never had any previous urge to make a shawl because the traditional triangular design has always seemed to me to be ill-adapted for draping over a 3-dimensional body, plus most current patterns, while beautifully lacy, have a zillion little fancy pointy bits along their edges that need to be pinned out perfectly during blocking ... not terribly appealing either. But In The Pink, with its designed-to-fit-around-the-shoulders-and-stays-where-it's-put shape, along with its unusual construction ... this, this has grabbed me by the brain and insisted that it IS the one! (yeah, there's still pointy bits, but they're small, restrained pointy bits rather than elaborate monsters ... I can live with that). Plus, while the designer is only showing it in solid and close-to-solid (the pink) colourways, in which it looks quite lovely, something magical happens when varigated yarn is used. Like this:








When I'll get 'round to this ... who knows? But at least the yarn has a "this" for me to get 'round to now. ;-)
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