Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Is it in your library yet?

If anyone is tired of hearing me shout and squeal about Malabrigo Book 3...continue at your own risk, but don't say I didn't warn you. 

As I've mentioned at least 80 times by now, Book 3 debuted at the beginning of this month at TNNA in Long Beach - so far, people are having trouble getting and keeping it in stock (for examples, Webs has it on backorder).  A few copies have shown up on ebay, but I'm sure your LYS will have it in stock soon if you're willing to be patient!

There are some phenomenal patterns in this book - it's hard to choose what to knit first!  I'm honored to be included among such talented designers as Kristen Rengren, Stephen West, Mercedes Tarosovich-Clark, Julie Weisenburger, and Breean Elyse Miller.   Not only that, but the project photos are quite beautiful - I'm not sure where it was shot, but it's pretty cool stuff.

Here are the official book photos of my projects:

Project:  Quick Draw Socks
Yarn:  Malabrigo Sock in #802 Terracotta
Details:  Knit top-down, these socks are a simple beginner's cable project (can also be knit using the 'cabling without a cable needle' technique) that knit up quickly.   The left and right foot cable pattern mirrors one another. 

Project:  Kitchy Pleated Bag
Yarn:  Malabrigo Chunky in #35 Frank Ochre and #259 Charrua
Details:  Simple felted handbag (or project bag!) with ruched pleats using two of my favorite Malabrigo colorways.  This simple project can be knit in a day!

Project:  Stuffed Ostrich
Yarn:  Malabrigo Twist in #412 Teal Feather and #619 Tender
Details:  To minimize seaming, the body, neck and head are knit all in one piece - but I won't lie, there are still several bits and bobs to be sewn on!  I recommend building this toy as you go.  There are a few areas of short-row shaping, but the rest of the toy is comprised of fairly basic techniques.  Most of the pieces are worked in the round, unless otherwise noted in the pattern. 

Side note:  I am really in love with this version of Stephen West's Purl Ridge Hat!  Will have to knit myself one pronto!

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