Sunday, March 09, 2008

A Better Better Bucket and a Malabrigo Fandango*

A Better Better Bucket
If it is possible for a knitter to take Malabrigo March too far, I believe that I am that knitter. Yet if you look at the Ravelry group, you will see that other knitters *cough*Ms. Frick*cough* are also exploring the outer limits of Malabrigo knitting and have turned it into a bit of an extreme sport.
Above you see another completed Better Bucket hat. I just love this pattern! Turning that little brim is a true pleasure and produces such a fine result. This time I decided to use a contrasting edge so that just a hint of the green peeks out. Added bonus: this hat was knit entirely from leftovers. Leftovers!
Another Better Bucket
The Specs:
Pattern: A Better Bucket
Yarn: Malabrigo Worsted in Marron Oscuro & Water Green
Needles: Size 7 addi turbos
Mods: Just the brim in a contrasting color. I stole the idea from this lovely knitter.
A Better Bucket
Lest you think that I am now suddenly this frugal depression-era knitter who only uses scraps, please behold my next project. It is with yarn that has been shamelessly acquired from Yarnzilla, and more is on the way. So I am two steps forward, three steps back in the yarn thrift department. I am doing the Falling Leaves Shawl in Velvet Grapes:
Falling Leaves Shawl in Malabrigo 'Velvet Grapes'
I now see that all the hype surrounding this color way is justified. It is GORGE! The pattern is fairly straightforward, but alas this one of those projects you need to block some time out for as setting it down and say having cocktails and then picking it back up isn't recommended.
Scrunchable Scarf in Malabrigo 'Butter'
I am going to Seattle today, just for a 48 hour work thing. This means that I needed some mindless airplane knitting, because let's face it, that flight to Seattle is a long ass flight. So I am bringing Scrunchable scarf in Butter and Stella's hat in Geranio. Doesn't Butter actually look like butter? Amazing.
Stella's Hat in Malabrigo 'Geranio'
One of the aspects of Mal
abrigo March that I am most enjoying is discovering how this yarn knits up at different gauges--all of these projects are being done on different needle sizes, and it's been interesting to see the various results. Let's call it an experiment. I am collecting a rateable sample...I include this last observation in case any beleaguered scientists who are related to me might be reading this and need to be able to find at least something in my maniacal ways that they can relate to...


*this is one of my favorite words, and if you are a Strangers with Candy fan, you will recall that this is the word that revealed to the world that Jerri Blank couldn't read!!

27 comments:

kim said...

I am making squishy-hands at these pictures.

Love that hat! I have some malabrigo just waiting to turn into a Better Bucket.

Kim said...

You are a true Malabrigo junkie! Fandango is one of my favorite words.

Carrie said...

Wow! Leftovers! I don't have ANY Malabrigo -- what's wrong with me??

We have some nice weather in Seattle today (Sunday), although of course it's supposed to rain the rest of the week. Hope your trip is productive, at least :)

peaknits said...

Okay, that's it, I need more malabrigo! I love, love that Better Bucket - the colors are gorgeous together! All of the projects are fabulous!

Zarah said...

I love all your buckets! Keep up the malabrigo-love!

indieknits said...

Wow! I have to get me some Malabrigo...

Wendee said...

mmmm... mmmmalibrigo. I'm loving the bucket - what a great idea for the contrasting color.

Kirsten said...

I covet your Malibrigo collection!
That contrast rim is fabulous! Please stop tempting me to join Malabrigo March. I. Must. Finish. My. WIPS! Gasp, the temptation is smothering me!

Laura said...

oooh! another bucket! luff!

schrodinger said...

LOVE the bucket!

kim said...

I am overwhelmed by all of the Malabrigo lovliness. I'm especially loving the bucket hat. Have a great trip.

Jess said...

You may have taken it too far, but I am envious of how far you have gone. I'd go that far if I had that much malabrigo. Heck.
:)

weezalana said...

Ooo! Ooo! Lookit all the Malabrigo! Ooo!

*dizzy*

*faint*

*thud*

Jennifer said...

Gorgeous Malabrigo. Love the bucket :)

Gingersnaps with Tea... said...

Can't get enough of the stuff can you? Love the latest bucket!

tiennie said...

Ou do such fantastic work!

SJ said...

Lovely all around. Then again, I'm pretty sure it's impossible for something knit in Malabrigo not to look amazing.

a friend to knit with said...

oh, all of these projects are making me want to cast on for something new........
i love the two toned bucket.
have a wonderful trip. i am actually envious of that long airplane ride......just thinking of all of that knitting/alone time!

Knittymuggins said...

Love the hat & the Velvet Grapes is to die for!

Isn't "fandango" fun to say?

Have a safe trip to my neck of the woods ;) And happy knitting on the way!

knittymuggins

Yarnhog said...

There is no such thing as too much Malabrigo. I used Velvet Grapes for your Vino cardigan. That was my first Malabrigo experience, and hooked me for life.

WonderMike said...

HOBOCAMP!!!

Sourire11 said...

That's some serious mmmmmalabrigo you have going there! Are you trying to win the most projects contest? 'cause you totally should.

Btw. I love love love that hat - the combo of the greenish/brownish is fab!

aquaknits said...

It's wonderful to come here and get a good dose of Malabrigo magic (still in awe of that Water Green color!)

The shawl looks heavenly too, and Yay for Strangers with Candy (now I'm going to have the 'Welcome Table' song stuck in my head all day)!

Sonya said...

I have GOT to get my hands on some Malabrigo! I just got birthday yarn gift certificates. I think you know what I'll be using them for!

Katie said...

all of your projects are great! I love the colors you used in the bucket hat. you knit so darn fast too!

KeanaLee said...

Love that hat I have to make one

...Sarah said...

You are making me want to go shopping!