I am so excited! I talked before about walking through a LYS or catalogue or online shop and seeing something I had to have but would go into a TBFL (to be finished later) tub. The shawl in this picture was one of those things. I saw it and bought it. Isn't it beautiful?!?!? I have kind of hit the knitting wall. I have gone into my TBFL tubs and pulled out lots of things to finish since starting Knitting: A Love Story. Pressure! Pressure! Pressure! I feel pressure to post twice a week. It feels great to finally finish things, but it doesn't have the excitement of going through the full process. Falling in love with either yarn or a pattern. Finding the perfect yarn or pattern to go with it. Winding the skeins into balls (have I told you I love to do that). Swatching. Then starting that exciting project that you are so in love with. I am just an adrenalin junkie and pulling things out of the TBFL tub just doesn't provide that adrenalin jolt.
I decided to try to get my adrenalin jolt with this glorious shawl made out of yummy Malabrigo lace yarn. The pattern is Samen by Stephen West. This is what Malabrigo says about their yarn. "Spun from the finest merino wool, this yarn comes from sheep bred for generations by ranchers in the northern part of Uruguay, where the ideal climate for this breed is found. When you experience Malabrigo Lace Baby Merino, you connect with a special place in the world." Poetic and true, true, true! This yarn is like touching the softest kitten you can imagine. The colors are bright and beautiful. I was on my adrenalin high, winding my yarn when reality gave me a jolt. One of the skeins was tangled so I couldn't wind it without it breaking. There is nothing like interrupting an adrenalin high for a junkie. Crash! Now part of my problem was, I bought this long enough ago I didn't remember where I got it. I didn't have a clue who to call. I immediately emailed Malabrigo and told them my problem. Within 1 hour they not only responded, but said they would replace the ball. Within 3 days I had my skein of beautiful burgundy Malabrigo. Did I mention they are in Uruguay? This has to be the best customer service. This is why Malabrigo is my new favorite yarn company. Thank you Mariana! I encourage you to reward Malabrigo for their excellent service by purchasing some of their yummy yarn. Off I go to start Samen!