Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Finito: The Official Review

Malabrigo Finito
Color Spectrum

I know I've blogged about Finito several times since it came into my life last month, but I wrote this up for the Windy City Knitting Guild newsletter and thought my dear, crafty readers might enjoy it as well.  If you're wondering, Malabrigo is not a client of mine (though I have designed for them in the past) and I wasn't asked to write this or compensated in any way.  I've just fallen in love with Finito, and I want the whole world to know, apparently.  Ahem.  At any rate - here is the "official" H.B.S. blog review for Malabrigo's Finito yarn:

Just in time for Malabrigo March, Finito hit yarn shops to the delight of knitters everywhere.  Only available once per year, this yarn is extremely limited and sure to sell out fairly quickly.  A 2-ply fingering-weight yarn (which I would say is on the heavier side of the spectrum), it is spun from the finest merino wool in Uruguay - and, if you can believe it, it's even softer than Malabrigo's usual fare. 

I really like the twist of the yarn - it seems to have a nice balance of strength and softness.  Once you get past the stage of simply admiring your skeins and squishing them every so often (and I must say, both colorways I ordered, Paloma and Mares, are even prettier in person with stunning variations and a near-luminosity in the skein), the real fun begins:  finding the perfect pattern to show off this yarn.  I literally spent half a day poring over Ravelry before I settled on a shawlette project for Paloma (Mercedes Tarasovitch-Clark's Haven, if you're wondering).

Knitting with Finito is completely delightful; the yarn isn't splitty and it has fantastic stitch definition.  The only downside that I can find is that progress is slow, because I keep stopping to admire my work and feel the softness of the fabric I'm knitting.

Like many good things in life, Finito only comes but once a year - if you haven't snagged yourself a few skeins yet, do yourself a favor before it's gone! 

Here are the stats (from the Malabrigo website):

 Fingering Pure Superfine Merino wool
200 yards ( 185m) approx. 50g skein
US needles #2-4 (3-3.5mm)
Hand Wash

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