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Where did the month go?  Seems like just yesterday I put up my ‘to knit‘ list for Malabrigo March 2009!  Well, I successfully finished the (very short) list and even added two more projects around mid-month.  Still have the Fiddlehead mittens on the needles and I suspect they will remain there for a little while longer.  I haven’t lost interest, but I have decided that I won’t be able to wear them for a while (live in H-O-T Texas).  Might as well concentrate on more spring/summery projects for the time being.  With my first Malabrigo March under my belt, I think next year I will try and take on more projects.  There will be more time to prepare and stock up.  So, here’s to next year and the many, many projects I will take on and stress myself out with!  HA!

Irish Hiking ArmwarmersProject Specs

Pattern: Irish Hiking Scarf Armwarmers by Delia Rau

Pattern source: Ravelry

Finished Size: One Size Fits All

Supplies: Less than one skein of Malabrigo worsted weight in ‘Butter’.

Date started: 3/1/09

Date completed: 3/14/09

Having finished the first armwamer in one evening, I guess you could say I became  a little unmotivated to whip out the other one.  14 days after starting, I finally finished.  Not that I did not enjoy this pattern, because I did, but because I got wrapped up in too many other projects.  For the most part, I followed the pattern.  I did add one more repeat of the pattern before starting the ribbing.  I wanted them to be a little longer.  Even though I am very happy  about how these turned out, I just don’t think I am an armwarmer wearer type of person.  They look great on other people, just don’t think they are my style. This is my 3rd completed Malabrigo March Project!

Let me know what you think.  Are you an armwarmer type of person?

Ravelry Link

A friend of mine has been raving about magic loop for some time now.  DPNs have always made me a little weary, so I thought that the magic loop would be a hit.  Well, turns out I am not that big of a fan.  For whatever reason I am having a terrible time keeping my tension on the two “ends”.  After about 10 rows into the Fiddlehead mittens, I made an executive decision to rip it out and start it over with DPNs.  I am not done with Magic Loop.  I REALLY want it to work.  I think I will give it a go on another project that does not involve stranded knitting.

progresspicSo far I am really enjoying making the Fiddlehead Mittens.  Stranded knitting is a breeze.  As long as you stay organized, you are good to go.  Since I had to rip it out, I am only 8 rows into the first mitten so far.  Between that and making a baby shower gift at the last minute, I am moving pretty slow on this project.  Right now I have 3 other projects on the needles.  I am the type of knitter who needs to have multiple projects going on, other wise I get bored. I will finish these mittens soon.  It IS Malabrigo March after all!!

Check out this GREAT DEAL.  If I had the extra cash right now, this would be on it’s way to me right now.  It would be SO nice to not havce to spend 45 minutes winding up  a ball of yarn prior to starting a project.

img_08031Project Specs

Pattern: Baby Hat by Leigh Radford and Super Quick Baby Socks by Dilys Sutherland

Pattern source: Ravelry and One Skein

Finished Size: Both are newborn size.

Supplies: Less than one skein of Malabrigo worsted weight in Bobby Blue.

Date started: 3/6/09

Date completed: 3/7/09

Yay for malabrigo!  I have had this skein of bobby blue for well over a year now.  It has been sitting on my shelf just starring at me forever.  The color is so beautiful yet I could never figure out what to make out of it.  We were invited to a baby shower at the last minute (yesterday evening) and before I even hung up the phone I knew exactly what yarn I would use for the gift.  After making the hat (finished around 10am this morning), my husband teased me and said that there was NO way I could finish the socks in time.   HA – I showed him and I had time to spare!

Pattern modifications: None.  For once, I followed the pattern as is.

fiddlehead-mittens2One of the things that I want to learn how to do this year is fair isle (or stranded) knitting.  I have done some research, watched some tutorials and feel like I can totally handle this type of knitting.  Since I have been eyeing the Fiddlehead Mittens for quite some time, I have officially decided that this will be my very first fair isle project!  Since it is Malabrigo March, I am going to make these with malabrigo of course – Praline for the main color and Bobby Blue for the contrast color.  Only going to use two colors the first time around in an attempt to make this less confusing.  These mittens are so popular that they even have a Flickr site dedicated to people who have made these.  As soon as I actually successfully cast on and figure out fair isle knitting, I will post the tutorials I used.  Wish me luck!

hudson-hatProject Specs

Pattern: The Hudson Hat! by Lindsay Baker

Pattern source: Ravelry

Finished Size: Toddler – 17 inches in diameter, but stretches!!  Approximately 14/15 inches long.

Supplies: 10 yard scraps of Malabrigo Merino worsted weight – Carrot, Toureg, Butter, Praline, Verdes, Rich Chocolate, Oceanos, Ravelry Red, Lettuce, Azul Bolita. Approximately 200 yards total.  Size 7 16” circular needle. Size 5 16” circular needle.  Size 7 set of double pointed needles. 1 stitch marker. A Tapestry needle.

Date started: 3/1/09

Date completed: 3/1/09

I was a busy knitter yesterday.  So busy that I finished my first Malabrigo March project!  Malabrigo really is a dream to knit with.  Everytime I use this yarn for a project I am reminded by how truly soft it is.  That and the colors are incredibly vibrant.  Ended up doing a swap with a couple of friends from The Knitting Nest, Austin in order to get so many colors.  Each of us contributed 10 yard bundles and then we swapped colors.

Pattern modifications. Ended up going with the toddler size.  Even though the measurements on the pattern are a tad small for a toddler, it ended up working out just fine.  I did however do the child size ear flaps (14 stitches instead of 12) and then cast on for the toddler size.  Worked 4 rows of garter stiich to get a nice brim.  I also knit up two extra ear flap pieces.  When I was finished with the hat I came back and added these to the ear flaps already conected to the hat.  I attached them by doing a single crochet edge which I continued around the entire brim of the hat.  Without the double layer ear flaps, the single curl in, which I did not like.  Plus, I think the crochet edge gives the hat a nice finished look.

You can find more pics here on Flickr and here on Ravlery.

…is just around the corner.  One week left to gather my Malabrigo, get organized and choose patterns.  Since I am already in the midst of making birthday presents for my niece and nephew who will be turning one at the end of March, I am not going to take on too many projects.  However, I am going to branch out and try some new types of projects.

Malabrigo March To Do List:

hudson-hatHudson Hat for Hunter.  We are actually doing a scrap Malabrigo swap at The Knitting Nest.  I brought in 10, 10 yard scraps and exchanged them for 10 different colors.  I plan on making matching mittens as well.

irish-handwarmers

Irish Hiking Scarf Handwarmers. To be honest, I am not sure how “handwarmers” work but I am going to give them a go anyways.  I love the cable pattern.  I will be using Malabrigo worsted weight in ‘butter’.

So far, that is all I am making.  I don’t want to stress myself out and really, since I use Malabrigo for the majority of my projects I can go ahead and have a Malabrigo year if need be.