A few months ago I got an amazing package in the mail:
That’s six braids of Malabrigo’s merino roving, aka Nube. In colorways: Mostaza, Piedras, Plomo, Arco Iris, Persia, Glitter.
The lovely people at Malabrigo contacted me when they released the roving, knowing that I’m a designer/blogger who spins, asking me if I had any favorite colorways… I gave them a list of six, thinking I’d love to spin up a skein of any one of those colorways. When I opened the package to see ALL six colorways I was shocked and delighted! Whoa there Malabrigo, so generous!!
So now I must do it justice! As you know, it’s been a busy few months, so it’s been sitting there, looking pretty in my studio… an exciting project to look forward to… and now I’m almost ready to break out the wheel. And I have a plan (a vague plan, but some kind of plan).
Once I get it allllll spun, I’ll see what weight it ends up being (I’m not good/experienced with spinning 100% merino, and my wheel is ideal for chunkier weights, so I’m going to try for an aran weight, but it might end up being bulky), and I’ll see what my total yardage is. And then I’ll find a pattern to match up with that yardage and weight, some kind of garment! And I’ll knit an amazing, colorful, handspun sweater, or vest, or something. It will be majestic.
This is a long-term project, but I’m really excited to get started on it, and I will show you all the progress as I go! I’ll be posting lots of progress photos (and notes and stuff) all throughout on instagram/twitter and tumblr, and then I’ll post major progress (like once the yarn is spun and I choose a pattern, etc) here on the big blog.
I’ve scrolled through hundreds of aran-bulky weight sweater/vest patterns, to get some idea of what I might want to knit… and it’s still completely up in the air. I want to see not just the weight, but how the yarn ends up looking, to pick a design that would be a good fit. I’m thinking very simple, no cables or lace/textural patterning, etc, but maybe with an interesting construction element. I think I’m going to spin each braid into its own skein, then use each skein in the pattern entirely, so the garment is in six blocks of different colorways, kind of… but I might end up deciding to stripe them, or something else.
Aren’t those colorways beautiful? I may not be experienced with spinning merino right now, but I’ll be an expert by the time I’m done with these! I’ve barely done any spinning at all in the last couple years, wish me luck!!