I have a head cold. Or sinusitis, some kind of lurgy that presents to me a delightful choice between an aching body with a sharp headache or a swimmy cold medicine brain that moves in slow motion. And a croaky voice. My ears are buzzing this evening- I’m too old for an ear infection! If its like that in the morning, I’ll go see the doctor.
I don’t like being sick. Don’t get me wrong, the drugs are ok and I like soup, but I hate sitting around doing nothing. I spent three days trying to drag myself around to make a final fabric version of the 40′s Charm Hack but I haven’t managed it. The pdf is complete, but I don’t want to release it without an image of the final tee. Soon. Tomorrow, if I’m not dead.
While I’m lying around uselessly, I picked up my winter knitting. I’m making Levenwick by Gudrun Johnston. Isn’t it lovely? Levenwick popped up on Pinterest a few weeks ago and I knew I had to cast on as soon as possible. It’s my only cardigan for this winter- they’re so short and mild here I can’t really justify more than one, though I do like knitting them.
Have you worked with Malabrigo? It’s divine, absolutely dreamy stuff. I made a hat for Stephen last year from Oceanus Malabrigo, and I could see what all the fuss is about. It’s smooth, the colors are clear and truly beautiful and it has incredible stitch definition.
AND- “We are a small, family owned yarn company located in Uruguay. Working closely with a cooperative of women from Uruguay we have developed a line of hand painted yarns of incredible softness and wonderful color variations.” -facebook page
My inner hippie nods in approval, and it’s inexpensive enough that I can actually afford to make a cardigan with it.
But I couldn’t locate it. I spent several days scouring the internets for a store that both carried a colorway I could wear and would ship it to me without charging more for shipping than the yarn itself costs. I rang several local knitting shops, and everywhere it was the same story- “We put in an order, Malabrigo worsted is really popular, we hope it will be in soon.”
Eventually I clicked on Amazon and found Malabrigo. I thought they just sold books, somehow I missed that Amazon became a sort of online general store. They sell or track down just about anything, it seems. I’m impressed, actually, it was nice to see the wares from several different shops side by side on the same page.
Amazon also does an affiliates program. I spent a little time researching and it seems like a fairly ordinary thing to do- basically they give bloggers a small commission for sending sales their way. I wanted to start doing more feet and materials reviews (and videos!) with links to where to find them, so this works pretty well. As with anything else I do, I would never recommend something I haven’t tried and loved myself.
Amazon directed me to Jimmy Beans Wool, which I hadn’t found in my other searches. They had everything I wanted! And the service was amazing! I find that a LOT of places get cranky and drag their feet about shipping internationally, but they were really helpful, gave me the “cheap” option for shipping, and it arrived within a week. The packing envelope even has a free pattern. Not my cup of tea, but I appreciate the great use of empty space. Jimmy Beans won themselves a loyal customer.
But back to my Levenwick. I’m making it in the Sapphire Green colorway, the same one pictured above from Google Image Search. I expected it to be a little more… subdued than this, but I don’t hate it. It’s not a terrible color for me, and I think it will clash gorgeously with my winter clothes. That’s the idea, we’ll see!
I knit the pocket first, I figured if I left it to the end I wouldn’t knit it. Besides, it doubles as a gauge swatch. I hate swatching, but this feels like I actually made some progress on my cardigan.
What kind of buttons would you put on a cardigan like this? Have you worked with Malabrigo before? Do you have any tips or caveats?
Later this week- video tutorial on buttonholes without a fancy foot, 50′s boleros from sweater knits, Mommy dresses, Thoughts on Being Nice,” hacking and maybe I’ll get a start on Megan’s NYC LBD. If the plague doesn’t take me.
(PS- I tried a peroxide bleach on the whites- they are now a shade of flourescent pepto-bismal. Awesome. I’m looking into the white dye option. Thank you all so so so much for your advice and empathy!)