worsted weight yarn

Yarn Stash: Malabrigo Worsted

First off, let me say how grateful I am to everyone who helped make the Arius Shawl pattern release launch a successful one! It made it onto the first page of Ravelry's "Hot Right Now" list and stayed there for a couple days. I am very appreciative of every pattern purchase as well - 75% off the sales goes towards paying off my husband's college loans* (bank transfers from Japan to the US is expensive so it's just easier to go through my Paypal) while the rest go towards breaking even on the yarn purchased for that pattern. Being a (not-so-well-known) designer is not a lucrative business. But I hope to change that to make it more slightly in my favour. ;-)

But! To some new yarn in my stash!

Love this shade of pink! And I'm not a huge fan of pink.

I recently had to purchase some extra skeins of Quince & Co's Sparrow yarn for a secret design, and I felt really embarrassed that I had to place an order twice with the LYS for the same yarn so I added a skein of Malabrigo to lessen my fears. I've heard lots of good things about Malabrigo Worsted yarn so I had to get my hands on at least a skein of it. That's right, this is my first impulse yarn purchase in a long time. So I currently have no plans for future designs for this yarn, but I'll be able to think up something!

I heard that Malabrigo is just starting its expansion into Japan and I'm glad they are selling their yarns here! Always nice to have high quality and reputable yarns in relatively easy access. I can't wait to work with it and see what I produce with it.

* Why are college loans so expensive? 

Yarn Shipment: Berroco Maya

Berroco Maya

Berroco Maya

This week I received quite a few yarn packages from various parts of the world, all contain delicious skeins of yarn for upcoming projects. Today, I want to present to you Berroco Maya. This is a squishy yarn made up of 85% Pima Cotton and 15% Alpaca, making it a good match for a top this summer and fall. I am very much enamored with drop-sleeve tops with a good amount of positive ease, couples with lace and cable panels, so be on the look out for that upcoming design! 

This is my first time working with Berroco yarns as well as working with cotton. I'm interested to see how it compares to it's plant based sibling linen and how the combination of plant and animal fibers knits up on the needles and how it blocks out.

I hope six skeins is enough.

I hope six skeins is enough.

Each skein has 137 yards of worsted weight yarn so this should knit up fairly quickly, probably even more so than my lace cardigan that I made a few weeks ago (and that is a blog post for another time!).

Stay tuned in the upcoming week for more posts about my updated yarn stash!