I have been wanting to knit with this yarn for ages. Thick, lofty, soft as soft can be, it’s the perfect antidote to the winter knitting doldrums. It comes in a range of beautiful colors, as all Malabrigo is known to do. In a strange twist, I was drawn to a color unceremoniously called ‘Natural’. If you’ve been coming round for any amount of time, you’ll surely have noticed that I tend to go for the brighter side of the color spectrum. But since knitting up these mitts in a tweedy oatmeal shade, I have a new respect for the quiet pleasure of knitting in natural shades. It’s a peaceful break for the eye, an opportunity to reposition your color sensibilities and coast along in neutral for a bit. It’s a little like a palate cleanser during a savory meal; you feel refreshed and ready to tackle the next course!
So the other evening, I wound up the skein, grabbed a Barbara Walker stitch dictionary and my size 15 needles, and parked it on the couch for a couple of hours. While catching up with some of my favorite television shows, I whipped up this delightful, chunky neckwarmer.
- Pattern: Hush by Peaceful Knitter (Ravelled here)
- Yarn: Malabrigo Rasta, 1 skein (90 yards)
- Needles: US size 15/10mm
Texture is the star of the show with this piece. It lets the pencil-thick yarn really do its thing, not detracting from the loveliness of the yarn. I threw in three buttonholes, because surely a neckwarmer this big and bold needs some equally brash buttons, right?
This knit up just in time to enjoy during our first winter snowstorm here in Oregon (I know, right?). The thick, quiet flakes arrived just in time to blanket the spring flowers that had just gone into bloom. I hope my daffodils make a full recovery; they’re my favorite of the early bloomers, followed by vibrant hyacinth and graceful tulips.
I’m calling this neckawarmer Hush because knitting with the yarn was a mind-quieting, soul-soothing experience. The yarn reminds me of the thick, insulating quiet of a snowfall. It all just goes together so nicely, it seems it was meant to be. But really I got the idea from one of the books PB and I have been reading lately, a story whose overall-wearing feline protagonists are named Brush and Hush. Shhh…