Love is the worst(ed)

I’m currently having a little love affair with worsted wool. In this particular case, Malabrigo Merino Worsted. It’s wonderfully wooly single ply worsted that comes in a huge assortment of colors, from semi-solids to interesting variegateds (some of which are too exciting for me). It’s also a little prone to felting, which can be a good thing, sometimes. I hope to make the most of that property, soon.

mal3
(Whales Road, Polar Morn, Oceanos)

mal2
(Violetas, Colorinche)

I went on a little color spree, because I need some colors to play with for my current project. (This doesn’t count as stash; it’s a design project, right?) I’m not a big fan of variegated yarns, but combined with a semi-solid, they tone down nicely and make it so I don’t have to choose a lot of colors for a mulit-color project. One variegated plus an appropriate semi-solid makes me look like a color genius! Which I’m not.

mal swatch

Spring is definitely here in the Pacific Northwet, and we had a remarkable spell of warm sunny days. But we’re back to rain and chill, so I’m still happy to be knitting with worsted weight wool. It doesn’t even matter that much when it’s warm out, because I mostly knit accessories, and they’re not too hot for knitting here on most days.

Which brings me to a little worsted project you may like. This is my Rockaway 2-Way Beach Beanie/Cowl (ravelry link). I designed it for Created In Oregon: A Knitter’s Datebook 2012, published by Pico Accuardi Dyeworks. Sadly, PAD is out of business. (I loved their wonderful worsted that I used for this design.) Luckily for me and you, though, this means I can offer you this pattern now instead of waiting until 2013.

hat 1

cowl 1

One piece, worn two ways. It’s a hat! It’s a cowl! And it’s cute. It’s named for Rockaway, the beach town where we have Crafty Mom Weekend every year.

2 way rockaway
(PAD Worsted on the left, Dream in Color Classy on the right)

A perfect little thing to knit right now, even though it’s worsted. Go to the pattern page or follow the Ravelry link if you want to play along.

One more item: The exclusive on Pointer is up, so that pattern is available through Ravelry download now, too. Another fairly quick knit before summer really sets in.

pointer set

Any hot plans for the weekend? I’ll still be knitting with worsted, even though it’s supposed to warm up!

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3 responses to “Love is the worst(ed)

  1. I love this post title! I was snowing south of Bend this morning (about an inch on the ground) so I’m definitely knitting with wool this weekend!

  2. We must be on the same color wavelength — I have those same three Mal worsted colorways from your top picture in my stash. One is leftovers, the other two are awaiting their turn in the spotlight.

  3. You’ve been knitting worsted, I’ve been knitting amulet bags on 0000 needles with seed beads. :) I really like your cowl/hat pattern and may need to knit that. Good xmas present – and with knitting, you just can’t start too early. In other news, I started a shawl, but don’t like the way the colors are going together, so that is sitting and waiting for a decision on frogging completely out, or if a third color changeout might save it. It is the Color Affection pattern in Ravelry.