i heard so much about the beauty and magic of mmmmmalabrigo, and it wasn't until last year that i discovered how much i love this yarn.
and i just had to have ravelry red.
this is a sample of the mal i own. i hoarded it until i wanted to knit faraway, so close and my first pair of mittens...and was delighted to find that i had all i needed in my stash. i love stash!
my mal is all worsted weight. someday i would love to try fingering weight mal. if my shawl feels wonderful, can you imagine a pair of socks knit in mal? scrumptious.
but for each yarn i adore, there's a yarn out there i can't stand. hello, mohair!!!
i tried. i really did. i tried to knit belinda. i remember how carefully i picked the yarns for the shawl (discovering they were the same colors used by the mason dixon ladies!). i remember how i marked off the pattern with stitch markers so i could easily track my stitch count. perhaps it was the pattern and not the yarn. but i loathed using this yarn. it was sticky and fussy and it was an absolute bitch to rip out. not to mention, its fuzziness made my nose itchy and i sneezed a lot.
after languishing in my knit basket for almost a year, i took a breath, sighed, and frogged belinda. i probably lost a couple yards of yarn, but i somehow managed to salvage the yarn.
i don't know what to do with it. i suppose i could use it with another yarn as an embellishment or edging. i think i'll probably put it on the destash list, for someone else dreaming of belinda or another equally airy shawl.