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If you see my Tuesday please tell it to call me March 10, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — knitbytes @ 8:08 pm
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No photos today. No interesting stories, even. Not even any boring ones.

I spent my entire day browsing the KnitPicks and PatternWorks catalogs to pick out what to get with my gift certificates.

So here is a yarn review. Sorry. S’all I got.

Today’s review:

Malabrigo Yarn Merino Worsted, 100% merino wool, worsted weight. 210 yd per 100g ball.

Rating: ●●●●○

I’ve used this yarn twice now, and seen/felt/fondled/drooled over it in person many many times. I used it for a hat and cowl; both are still in great shape.

Pros:

  • Soft, soft, softsoftsoft. Awesomely soft, for being wool and naught else.
  • Not terribly expensive. About $10-13 per ball.
  • Good yardage- comparable to Cascade 220.
  • Lots of gorgeous, rich, kettle dyed colors in solids, semisolids, and variegated colorways.
  • Felts superbly (though why would you want to?!)

Cons:

  • Not machine washable- hand wash only, and gently at that. This felts VERY WELL, however, as mentioned above.
  • Not plied. This can cause breakage if you use particular cast-on or knitting methods that have a tendency to untwist yarn.
  • Likes to stick to itself- a poor choice for drop-stitch projects or anything you need to frog multiple times.
  • Pills, of course, as it’s unplied. However a once-over with a sweater shaver takes care of the issue.

Me? I adore this yarn. LOVE it. However, I probably wouldn’t use it for anything that would take lots of wear- gloves, mittens, definitely not socks. A definite no for baby garments, as well, regardless of softness. I might use it for a sweater, keeping in mind that it does pill and will probably felt at the underarms. Perfect for next-to-the-skin wear like cowls, scarves, and fingerless mitts, though, and if you do make a sweater… oh the decadence.

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