Thank you, Nina!
Thursday May 10th 2012, 10:19 pm
Filed under: Friends,Knit,Lupus

It had been too long since we’d gotten together. And the Malabrigo Superfine Merino was a one-time run from the mill, delivered only to Imagiknit, and when it’s gone it’s going to be gone.

It is really hard for me to go to that store alone: parking is non-existent and the walk in the sun can be very long if there isn’t someone willing to drop me at the curb if need be and then take a hike. The fact that it’s down the block from a popular park in the City doesn’t help.

And so my old friend Nina, bless her, who loves to knit, too, threw an unexpected afternoon free at me and we  drove to San Francisco today. We actually got a spot within the block.

At Stitches West back in February, Antonio, one of the Malabrigo owners visiting the show from Uruguay, told me about that mill run and that the micron count was 14.5 (wow!) He fervently wished there were more of it, but there just wasn’t, and so…

…I went straight to the Imagiknit booth and talked to Allison about it. Went home and ordered that Solis colorway.  Gave up petting the thing and actually knit it up this past week: because I needed to work with it and I needed to know what it was like running between the fingers for hours before letting myself be tempted to buy more.

And the answer is? It is glorious.

So. The woman running the shop today was surprised when I told her the shawl I was wearing was one skein of that SFM; the stitches looked too thick to her to be that.

Bingo! She noticed! It’s 100g and 336 yards, but off the ball and onto the needles it somehow relaxes and widens out as if it were a worsted. It is airy and light and soft as fur and perfect. It’s still wool, which still has scales, but still!

There was one skein on their high wooden table of the stuff in a color that wasn’t on their website. It was the most perfect thing I could have asked for, so, that and two skeins of Malabrigo Sock came home with me.

A few minutes after I got home, it suddenly dawned on me that the Abril Sock I’d bought… Wait, let me get it knitted and done before I tell the story, but, it matched with something that has waited three years for me to finally get with it. Now I know.  Perfect. To be continued.

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Ohhhhhhh two partners on tv always drives me crazy! 🙂

Comment by Afton 05.11.12 @ 5:27 am

Stupid spell check. Two PARTERS

Comment by Afton 05.11.12 @ 5:28 am

Yay!! I’m glad everything is coming together. No coincidences you know.

Comment by Channon 05.11.12 @ 6:45 am

Afton, HA! Didn’t quite understand the first comment but now I agree with you twice–on the cliff-hangers and spell-checkers.

Alison, ‘twould be nice if your yarn snap embiggened but perhaps it’s a kindness that it doesn’t. Looks scrummy!

Comment by LynnM 05.11.12 @ 7:10 am

oh, I do love these cliff hangers! all that time between episodes to speculate what the outcome will be! can’t wait to see yours

Comment by Bev 05.11.12 @ 8:47 am

Scrummy? Wot she talking ’bout? I think its beautiful!

Now that’s interesting — Alison talking to Allison. No mirrors involved.

Comment by Don Meyer 05.11.12 @ 8:47 am

Popped back– Don, “Scrummy” is a combo of Scrumptious and Yummy! The most delectable of yarns!

Comment by LynnM 05.11.12 @ 9:08 am

I am soooo happy you got to go – and in good company too. I’m ready for the continuation. 😉

Comment by Suzanne in Montreal 05.11.12 @ 4:58 pm

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