Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Selbu Modern, Malabrigo Sock Yarn and I might have bought some more yarn in Chicago...

Selbu Modern in Shelridge Farm Soft Touch Ultra Solid
Remember that post earlier this fall where I was all "omg I'm so busy blah blah"? Well now I'm looking back on that halcyon period and just WISHING that my life were as carefree as it had been back then. Because right now I am so overwhelmed with work that my family has basically had some variation of cereal and/or ramen noodles for dinner every night this week. Don't you wish you were my kid? Luckily I finished my new favorite hat before the onslaught...
Selbu Modern in Shelridge Farm Soft Touch Ultra Solid
The Specs
Pattern: Selbu Modern by Zeitgeist Yarns
Yarn: Shelridge Farms Ultra Soft in 'Brown' and 'Robin's Egg'
Needles: Size 2.5 and 3 addi turbos
Time: about a week
Selbu Modern in Shelridge Farm Soft Touch Ultra Solid
This pattern has "obsession" written all over it. If you're a stranding newbie, the two colors are super manageable and the pattern is quite easy to handle. I seem to say that about every FO, don't I? The finished size fits my giant melon head, and the pattern looks, well, totally bitchin'. I am so happy to have used some yarn that I purchased last year at Stitches East from the nice Canadian Shelridge Farm booth. This yarn is deceptive--it looks quite ordinary in the hank but knit up it is at once ultra soft (heh) and quite sturdy. Go Canada!
Selbu Modern in Shelridge Farm Soft Touch Ultra Solid
Many were interested in the Malabrigo sock yarn. Here is my review: it is everything you love about the regular Malabrigo (mind-bending colors + nice price point) plus an unexpected sturdiness and shimmery sheen à la Silk Garden Sock yarn (minus the caterpillar poo). So--big thumbs up! Pictured below are several repeats of an Embossed Leaves Sock:
Malabrigo Sock Yarn In Violeta Africana
Nice, right?

One of the reasons I just love this conference in Chicago is because I get to see my pal Dolly who is one of the funnest people to pal around with. She is the total package of super smart, make-you-wet-your-pants hilarious and very kind. As a non-knitter she was good humored enough to accompany me to the new Loopy Yarns location AND helped me justify my purchase. Added bonus? These words: "You really didn't spend that much...". Yes, she is a gem. Below you see a portion of my booty, just some really predictable Malabrigo and Jitterbug.
Malabrigo Worsted in Paris NIght
JItterbug 'Lobster Pinch' and 'Vatican Pie'

41 comments:

knithound brooklyn said...

Oh Man, that is one beautiful beret. Your stranded work is fantastic. I definitely have the bug after seeing the last two projects. The colors on this one rock!

Theresa said...

Oh that's gorgeous! Got to go raid the stash. Right now.

Kirsten said...

"Caterpillar poo"!! (*snort* *giggle*)

Your Shelbu Mod is a beauty!

peaknits said...

That hat is gorgeous! I need to get some Shelridge, it looks so squishable! I got my first Malabrigo sock today - soft indeed! And I am planning to go to Chicago this weekend to hit some knit shops - thanks for the Loopy tip!

Dove Knits said...

I hate hats, and that hat is making me want to drop everything and go make that hat! Holy crap, it's gorgeous. Partly because Ilove the color combo, but the pattern is beautiful anyway.

I lived in Chicago for 5 years and never made it to Loopy. Which is probably why we had any money for the move in the first place...

marnie said...

I have Noro Silk Garden on the needles so I hear what you're saying. I'm waiting on the Malibrigo sock to come in to my local LYS. Trying to kick the on-line shopping habit. Your hat is DIVINE!

Karen said...

That hat is really stunning. Wow. I wish I didn't look so stupid in hats! Mmmmalabrigo. Mmmmm. That sock is gorgeous. I got side-tracked from my Malabrigo socks. But I started a Malabrigo cowl today, so it's all good. :) I want a friend like Dolly!!!

kim said...

That beret is incredible! Really nice work. The embossed leaves look very squishy and beautiful. Great loot, which, from the sound of it, is very well deserved.

Yarnhog said...

Love, love, absolutely crazy LOVE that hat!

And in my house, if it requires a microwave, it's cooking. If it requires a stove, it's gourmet.

vanessa said...

great hat- great colors!

a friend to knit with said...

i am still cracking up at....don't you wish you were my kid. monday night we had yogurt with cereal on top, and i don't even have a "real" job.
i am in love with your selbu modern. and those colors! so delicious. can't they just eat a hat one night?

Lolly said...

Your Selbu Modern is a stroke of genius! :)

Alice said...

That is a great hat.

*adds to ravelry queue*

SJ said...

Fabulous hat -- and in Chocqua, no less!

I'm glad to hear the Malabrigo sock is enjoyable to knit. I just wound two of my three skeins last night (the third was being really temperamental, so I might have to wind it by hand). It is amazingly shiny for only being wool!

Veronique said...

Chocqua triumphs again!

nicole said...

Yay: Canada, Malabrigo sock yarn, gorgeous fair-isle hats, and enabling shopping buddies!

ali said...

What I really want to know is what's the percentage of the total purchase of that 'portion' you've shown us...??? hmmm? (didn't spend that much indeed! hehe, yeah, it's not like you bought a new car or something...)

Your Selbu is lovely, mine would be knit already if it weren't for the 20 other things I'm working on... and I don't have a W2 job... you must knit in ALL your free time!

We had our first freezing rain/snow day, fun stuff these Minnesota winters, and to think, they only last 5-6 months...

Happy knitting-
ali

KeanaLee said...

LOL, we have a PaPa Johns account on line with the credit card number registered, so the impiety of my laziness is that I tell them to just go order a #2 off our favs list tonight at PAPAJOHNS.COM & they do - I don't even call the pizza guy anymore.
Love the hat!

TLCknits said...

That's just down right gorgeous!.. LOVE the beret.. the socks.. the MAAAALLLLLAAAAAbrigo.....

malaraky said...

absolutely love your beret, nicely done!! (and thanks for the yarn enabling... I love finding out about yarns that are not available in shops but are great value and produced on a somewhat small scale!)

Jodi said...

Oh my goodness, this whole post is just so inspiring and gorgeous. Love the color combo on the hat, and the socks have such a wonderful sheen.

Hang in there! I'm counting down the days until the end of the quarter.

tiennie said...

I love love love that hat! The socks ain't so bad either!

emileeknits said...

That hat is gorgeous! I love the colors. The blue really pops.

ingrid said...

That blue and that brown plus the fair isle pattern came together beautifully! Wow. I love your Selbu.

Holli said...

Gorgeous hat!! Really -- what beautiful work and fabulous colors. Thanks also for the review of the Malabrigo sock yarn. I figured it had to be wonderful, but hearing confirmation from an expert knitter only makes me need (want) it more.

Amy said...

Wow, I love that hat. And the sock yarn looks really great--let us know how it wears?

Kim said...

That beautiful hat pushes me over the edge and into obsession! PLus, I have some Sheldridge Farm yarn from this year's Rhinebeck.
Who can resist buying more and more malabrigo & jitterbug?

Craptina said...

and of course, you can go wrong with choaqua :) I'm a newly strander, looks like a good challenge.

Cobbalicious said...

I love the color combo you chose for the hat. It's lovely!

Diana said...

Awesome hat!!!

weezalana said...

Wow, that hat is gorgeous! And OMG. That Malabrigo sock. *babble babble drool*

knitthehellout said...

Love the beret colors. Thanks for the info on the Malabrigo sock yarn. Yep. Probably going to have to get it.

hokgardner said...

I lurve the beret. But given that I am just now tackling cables for the first time, I'm not sure I'm up for color work that intricate.

Sonya said...

Cute hat! OK, I'm going to have to get some Malabrigo sock yarn, because you were totally right about Malabrigo worsted. I can't stop touching the stuff.

castingaway said...

That hat is SWEET! Great color for those socks, too!

amandacathleen said...

beautiful hat! I mean incredibly beautiful! Yay for using stash yarns, doesn't it feel good to use up something you've had for awhile?
Lovely new stash additions too!

Janet said...

my goodness, that hat is beautiful!

I just bought some Malibrigo sock, also -- and I can harldy wait to cast on! I just finished some Embossed leaves in J.Knits (yes, that's an ENTIRE PAIR -- look at me go!) so maybe soon!

earthchick said...

Super-gorgeous hat. And WOW that purple sock. I have come to realize I have a thing for purple socks. Who knew? This one really has my number. It makes me want to do another pair of Embossed Leaves Right Now In Purple Malabrigo.

Knittymuggins said...

FANTASTIC! All of it! And that part about the caterpillar poo - priceless ;)

knittymuggins

lisette said...

Awesome berret! Totally great!

Knitting Bandit said...

I really haven't been tempted to try the Malabrigo until now. Thanks for the helpful review! Just what I need...more yarn.