We’re missing the nighttime routine of knitting in front of the Olympic Games in my house. We aren’t big TV viewers, so two weeks of non-stop winter sports was a real change for us and a lot of fun.
But I am managing to rebound and rebuild my knitting mojo. I'm finding new knitting inspiration from Malabrigo March.
Malabrigo is one of my favorite yarn brands, as you can see from my stash (this is actually my Malabrigo yarn stash before I discovered at least 20, um, several, new projects I wanted to knit and didn’t have the right yarn for, but who’s checking?)
Every year, a group of knitters who adore Malabrigo get together and knit. They plan knitalongs, discuss patterns, and even have prizes, supplied by the company. This is the first year I've stumbled across "MalMarch" and I'm excited beyond words. In addition to finding some great projects and expanding the types of Malabrigo in my stash, there are a lot of nice knitters playing with Malabrigo out there!
Because this event is more about planning projects/casting on/getting started than it is a race to the finish line, it’s just my speed. I have a busy month, but I’m using this as an opportunity to get projects started and far enough along that I can easily pick them up and take them on my travels.
I’ve been busy swatching — doing it right with the whole big, blocked, swatched thing. This is my favorite one. The colorway is called Pocion.
Malabrigo's Rasta has been a long time favorite yarn for me, and I am knitting a couple of projects with it for MalMarch, notably this hat and this cowl. My two most enterprising projects are the Modern Garden Sweater (I'm very grateful to Harry for his help in swatching) and the Underwater Garden Shawl, which I'm knitting in another long time favorite yarn, Malabrigo's Silky Merino in a pale green.
In addition, I'm planning to cast on several more projects over the first week of March:
- Fuego Hat in Worsted
- Douglas Fir Hat in Worsted
- Metallurgy Cowl in Silky Merino
- Amy March's Slippers in Mecha
We'll see how it goes from there, but I'm hoping to get a number of projects started to carry me through the next few months, while continuing to work on some of my long term projects. And I've deliberately chosen projects that require me to learn new skills along the way.
So what are you doing after the Olympics to keep your knitting mojo going? I would love to hear from you!