We think all weeks should begin with project inspiration, so we're sharing two beautiful staff knits today, both knit in "Mechita" from Malabrigo Yarns. If you're already familiar with Malabrigo Yarns then you will know they specialise in semi-solid and variegated shades, dyed on sumptuously soft merino bases. The Mechita line is a superwash merino, single spun, 4ply / fingering weight yarn and we have some stunning deep jewel tones on our shelves right now. Emiliana by Lisa Hannes is the most popular project on Ravelry for this yarn, and it's easy to see why. The shawl uses mosaic knitting to striking effect, especially when two highly contrasting shades are used, as is the case with our sample. Jacqui chose two rich, vibrant shades of Mechita that would contrast well to show the pattern clearly.Â The result is an eye-catching, generously sized wrap in versatile colours for everyday wear.We can't take our eyes off the mosaic effect - it's hard to believe that it's achieved using only one colour per row. If you'd like to learn more about the technique (and maybe even design your own mosaic shawl) then check out the upcoming workshop Melanie Berg workshop on this very topic.
Our second project is a study of garter stitch and lace - Fallston by Dee O'Keefe. This time around there's a deliberate interplay in the colour choices, with the predominantly purples and blues of "Whales Road", occasionally lighting on teal and mirroring the lace section's use of "Teal Feather". Maria found working with Mechita a pleasure and is really pleased with both the drape of her finished shawl and how well the yarn blocked to show off the lace stitch patterns.Â Or, in her own words: "It's sooo nommy!" We can't help but agree.
Do you have a favourite Malabrigo yarn? Or a favourite colourway from the Malabrigo range?