Monthly Archives: December 2012

Ahh Malabrigo!

Ahh, Malabrigo, my favorite of all yarn lines. Today’s offering from Little Knits 12 days of Little Sales is Malabrigo Rios. My favorite yarn from my favorite manufacturer!

It’s going to be really hard for me to pass up an opportunity to get the lovely Rios at 20% off, but I might be helped by the fact that I snuck up to Little Knits sans toddler a weekend or two ago and snagged three skeins of Aguas.

Malabrigo Rios - Aguas

Rios is a fantastic yarn. It’s a worsted weight (4.5-5.5 stitches to an inch on U.S. size 6-8 needles), superwash, 100% merino wool. It is uber soft, squishy and cosy, and comes in many of Malabrigo’s always beautiful colors.

I’ve used Rios for a variety of projects, and it has held up well in all of them.

This hat (yes, another Thorpe, I know, I’m obsessed!) was knit over a year ago, and has held up amazingly well. Being worn all winter (which can drag on until June here in Seattle), and stuffed into a diaper bag along with toys and snacks and all associated detritus when not being worn, hardly affected it. When it got cold again this fall, I chose Rios again to knit up a new one, since he had grown out of this one.

Rios is fantastic for items worn against the skin. These Dashing mitts get a lot of wear and still look lovely!

If you’re looking for an uber soft worsted weight wool, Rios is unbeatable, and the fact that it’s superwash is icing on the (yarn) cake!

Happy Holidays with Little Sales and Hap’i!

Happy Holidays, everyone! To celebrate, Little Knits is featuring 12 days of little sales every day until Christmas! To kick it off, today we have Mirasol Samp’a, Akapana, and Hapi; and Crystal Palace Taos and Merino Stripes on sale! Check out the links for colors and sale prices.

I’m loving the Hapi, a thick and thin, super soft, worsted cotton. It knits or crochets wonderfully for soft accessories or lighter-weight garments. (Sometimes, we’re too warm for wool!) It drapes nicely and comes in some great colors. I love the Spring Green, and the Sky is a perfectly bright, rich blue color. See the full line here: Mirasol Hapi. Here are a few projects I’m planning with the hapi:

I’ve had my eye on the Schwaan pullover by Norah Gaughan for a while, and the Hapi would be perfect for it. Who says it has to be a summer pullover? Knit it out of the Beige , Forest Green, or Cinnabar and it would be a great all-season layer. If you want to stick to Norah’s color pallate, the Sky Blue or Light Blue would be lovely.  The pattern is in Norah Gaughan 8 available from Little Knits!

I am utterly in love with this adorable hat by Adela Illichmanova. It is available via a Ravelry Download here. I’m planning on making it with a couple different colors of blue. Maybe the navy and a light blue? The hat will take just two, and an evening. There’s still time to make a few for Christmas!

 

Another great Christmas idea I love is these adorable Bunny Sachets. You could make at least two per skein of Hapi, stuff them with some lavender and or catnip and you have a great last minute gift! Pattern is available here on Ravelry.  If you’re making a pet present, be sure to use stitching and not buttons for the face!

Hapi would make wonderful children’s clothing. It’s super soft and comes in some good kid colors. This is one my all time favorite baby sweaters. It’s simple, but has great details. it’s a simple knits, but the combination of garter and stockinette keeps you knitting. It comes in sizes 3 months – 4 years, and the pattern is in Interweave Knits Winter 2011, which is available at Little Knits!

Hope you all have a great start on your Holiday Knitting and Crochet! Check back for more of our 12 Days of Christmas Sales!

Mirasol Hap’i

Mirasol Hap’i (now on sale at Little Knits!), is made from Peruvian Tanguis cotton, which is reputed to be one of the finest fibers in the world. Hap’i comes in 100 gram hanks of 132 yards each. Gauge is 4.5 stitches to the inch on US size 8 (5mm) needles. Mirasol yarns are special because they support local communities in Peru. A portion of every purchase of Mirasol yarns goes directly to the funding of a centre in the remote area of Munani in the region of Puno,  supporting shepherds and their families continuing Peru’s rich and ancient textile traditions.

This yarn seems like it would be perfect for baby or child sweaters, as garments made with it are said to “breathe”. Hap’i is the suggested yarn for Harvey, which I would totally knit in Spring Green for my little guy!

Mirasol Hapi - Spring Green (Color #1120)

Hap’i would also be perfect for knitting the Confection Baby Shrug, which I think would be really fun for Spring (it’s not too early to think about Spring knitting, right?) in this bright yellow!

Mirasol Hapi - Yellow (Color #1116)

If you’re looking for a non baby project, Ripley would look adorable in Hap’i, maybe in this turquoise!

Mirasol Hapi - Turquoise (Color #1121)

Whatever you use it for, you can’t beat the price right now, 65-72% off!