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Day One: A Tale of Two Yarns or why I love Malabrigo and my ongoing issues with variegated yarns

This post is part of the Knit & Crochet Blog Week 2011.

I was going to post a photo of the yarns, and my camera just isn’t working right. 🙁  You can see the gorgeous colors here, on their website.

Is it possible to fall in love with a yarn? I think so. When I first joined my Monday night knit and crochet group, I noticed a lot of people knit socks. They would hold up their lovely creations, and I would ask, “what yarn is that?”. Again and again people would say “Malabrigo”.

Yarn 1: Malabrigo Sock in Azules

What really attracts me to Malabrigo yarns in general is the colors. The Azules, and any of the solid colorways, produces this heathered, tone-on-tone look. It gives a project a bit more visual interest than a single, flat shade but because it’s slight variations of the same color it doesn’t overwhelm the project. It’s pleasantly soft and a real pleasure to have up against the skin.

Yarn 2: Malabrigo Sock in Caribeno

The Caribeno colorway is comprised of gorgeous, bright hues, and I haven’t been able to figure out what to do with it yet. It’s my whole love-hate relationship with variegated yarns. The color combos can be so pretty, but I’m not a big fan of pooling. I know that to some people pooling IS the point of variegated yarns. I think these people are the same ones who don’t mind striped socks where the stripes on the left foot and right foot don’t actually match up exactly. This is perfectly ok, but it gets the little OCD voice inside my head started up.