Before Christmas I had an inspiration. In my head I saw this afghan. It was made out of Malabrigo Caracol. It was made out of several skeins of this beautiful yarn each skein part of a gradient change. To make it so it wasn't boring and predictable, it would be knit on the bias so the color changes were diagonal rather than horizontal. I got my idea from this. . .
Isn't it beautiful. I loved knitting this. Let me show you what Caracol looks like. . .
Caracol to quote Malabrigo is "Truly a unique yarn! We start with a bulky thick-and-thin single made of our delightfully soft super wash merino wool, and then we criss-cross it with a binder thread (either black or white). Then the yarn is dyed one of our signature kettle-dyed colorways, and: poof! Something unlike any yarn we've made before, inspired by a particular style of handspun yarn. Caracol knits up into a cozy, fluffy fabric with a ton of texture and visual interest. Simple stitch patterns really let it sing!"
The first time I saw this yummy yarn, it was love at first sight. I knew I had to do something with it. Something that would hit it out side the park. Something that would make people swoon. So I started with nine skeins then quickly realized I needed more. After all was said and done, I ended up with 15 skeins. Some of the exquisite colors, like this one, just didn't make the cut. This is truly beautiful but it didn't fit into the color sequence. I do have plans for it.
Now that you are acquainted with Caracol and I've built up the anticipation and excitement, let's get on with it.
THIS IS IT! I must tell you this picture does not do these beautiful colors justice. Each color pops and blends much better than this shows. Once we bought the condo, I decided this would be a Sunset Beach afghan. I thought WOW how great! I'm knitting this fantabulous work of art for my new home away from home. How special! How wonderous! As I attached one skein to the next, all of a sudden I realized that this afghan weighed a ton. There would never be more than 2 days in Sunset Beach in January when I could use this! Now it is my at home afghan and I have been using it the past two days since it's been so cold in Michigan. It is luxurious!
It is so soft, so cuddly, so cozy! It pampers me. It also is huge. I got out a steaming board that I never use. It was just too big and unwieldy to steam on my regular board. It was too long AND too wide. It just wasn't going to work. What was I going to do!?!?! Then I remembered this steaming board that is 60" by 72". This enormous fiber fantasy blocked from corner to corner to corner to corner. It is 60" by 74". I think it may be big enough to share.
I know you are not surprised. It is a gradient thing of beauty. It was created from my vision. It was knit from luxury. It wraps me in love!
This blog is dedicated to Mary Helen Growt my first knitting teacher and the woman who changed my life. The mission of Knitting: A Love Story is to preserve, share and promote the love of knitting.