Yellow Harvest Mittens
We really love to see our yarns knit up — it is always amazing when someone chooses one of our colors or yarns for any project. After all, knitting isn’t just about instant gratification. The garments that people knit, crochet, create, are heirloom pieces. They’ll be used again and again, and seen by many people as an example of your hard work and craft.
Recently, we’ve decided to feature some of our favorite Malabrigo bloggers – folks who regularly make lovely projects out of our yarns and help introduce them in the most beautiful of ways to friends, family, and other crafters. One of our favorite blogs is written by the sister team Alice and Grace, of KathrynIvy. And they even agreed to let me interview them!
What was your first project using Malabrigo? What yarn did you use, and in what colorway? Do you remember what drew you to the skein?
Alice: My first project with Malabrigo was a Tomten Jacket for my daughter using worsted in Purple Mystery and Orchid. The colors were perfect for a toddler! Camdyn got so much use out of that jacket because it was so soft and cuddly. She wore it until it was way too small for her.
Grace: I didn’t try working with Malabrigo until Alice had already used it for a few projects and she told me I absolutely had to give it a try. I broke down and got my first skein of Malabrigo when I saw a skein of Worsted Glazed Carrot being destashed on Ravelry. I used it to knit myself a Koolhaas cap and it is still one of the softest things I’ve ever knit.
Is there a color you like most?
I think my all time fave is Polar Morn, with Glazed Carrot and Natural close
Revolution Baby Blanket
Grace: In my book nothing beats Frank Ochre!
What is your favorite Malabrigo Yarn line?
Alice: What a toughie! I recently used Twist for the first time and it was even dreamier than I expected. I don’t know if anything can compete with my love for good ol’ Worsted though.
Grace: I have to agree with Alice. Worsted is my go to yarn! It’s so versatile, soft, and the color selection is just unbeatable. I think Silky Merino and Sock are very close runners up.
Purple Pachyderm Vest
Why do you use Malabrigo for so many projects?
Alice: There is a Malabrigo yarn that is perfect for every type of project. The quality and beauty of the yarn really elevates my knitting as a whole. Plus, the yardage and range of colors can’t be beat!
Grace: Once I started using Malabrigo, most of the other yarns I had just seemed so rough! Each skein of Malabrigo, no matter the type, always feels so luxurious as you knit with it and I usually don’t want to set my project down until I’ve finished.
What is your favorite project to date made out of our yarn?
Alice: It seems like I love each thing I knit with Malabrigo more than the one before… though I do have a major affinity towards the sweaters I’ve knit my daughter. I especially love the Yoked Cardigan I knit her in Glazed Carrot during Malabrigo March earlier this year.
Grace: My favorite project would have to be the the Robot Mittens I designed in Worsted. Malabrigo yarns look amazing in colorwork and the fabric is soft and squishy.
What are your favorite sources of inspiration?
Pile-Up Pups in Worsted
Alice: I enjoy browsing around Ravelry, especially the FOs thread on the Mal Junkies board, which always has quality knitting to drool over. I also enjoy the outdoors and gather a lot of inspiration from the colors and textures you can find in nature.
Grace: I love looking at antique textiles, samplers, needle points, and Native American weavings. A lot of the designs can be translated into modern knits. Ravelry is also a great resource of information and browsing all of the different projects can be overwhelmingly inspirational. However I probably get most of my inspiration from my sister, Alice. We have a great time bouncing ideas off each other!
Alice and Grace released a pattern this year in Malabrigo Worsted — colorwork mittens with a robot love theme (click the picture below to go to the Ravelry pattern page). Their projects are always lovely examples of creativity and application – the right yarn and colors for ever knit! You can check out their blog at http://www.kathrynivy.com
and read up on all their awesome work!
Love Bytes Mittens -- click to go to the pattern page on Ravelry!