I got way too busy again! It's almost been another two weeks since my last post and much knitting has been done.
Pictured here is the right hand of a pair of fingerless mitts I'm working on. The pattern is 'White Caps Fingerless Gloves' by Simone Van Iderstine, available on Ravelry. I'm using Malabrigo Sock Yarn, in 'Stonechat'.
I have a bit of 'history' regarding Malabrigo. I briefly went to a knitting meetup a few years ago and a few of us decided to do a sort of knit along, working on the same project at the same time - a cabled bag. This is before I had ever taken a cable class, or really knew very much about yarn at all. The person running the group was using Malabrigo yarn, and kept saying how much she loves it and how she knits pretty much everything with it. I had no idea what Malabrigo was at the time, so I didn't know what she was talking about or what the big deal was.
It wasn't until this year when I started working at my local yarn shop that I realized what Malabrigo was, how popular it is, how great the colors are...and how absolutely horrible it is to wind. If you have ever tried to wind a skein of Malabrigo into a center pull ball, you know what I mean! You pretty much have a 50/50 shot of getting a skein that won't completely tangle while winding, resulting in 30 minutes of trying to recover. Many people complain about winding Malabrigo (rightfully so!) but all of them also mention how worth it it is once wound and you're actually knitting with it. They have some of the best colors available, and it's great to knit with.
Anyway, I bought some of this Malabrigo sock yarn a few months ago and I'm finally putting it to use. This pattern achieved both using some yarn in my stash (instead of buying more) and to use what I learned in my cabling class I took this summer.
I'm finishing up a pair of ribbed socks, and then plan to finish some more of my half-done projects that are sitting around so I can move on to new projects. I've started browsing Ravelry more and I have close to 100 projects in my queue now. Time to kick it up a notch and get more knitting done!