My goal was to finish my HabuKushu Kushu scarf in two weeks. I went to buy the yarn from Purl Soho because I enjoy reading their blog, Purl Bee, plus they have a great color selection,. But I happened to get there on a Saturday when they were closed for a plumbing problem!
Habu surprised me by being open on Saturdays, so I bought 2 different colorways to knit two scarves. Who could have foreseen Malabrigo coming out with washable Rios so close to the time I learned I will be a Grandmother? Malabrigo in a washable? I started researching who had it on-line and who had it already on the shelves. I talked with the 2nd shop who has it on the phone -- Annie & Company Knitting in NYC.on Madison Ave. on the upper east side. I asked the woman who answered to tell me about the yarn. She said it is just as wonderful as you could imagine. Squishy, soft and the colors, she promised, are incredible. I drove in from NJ and the parking Gods were with me. What a beautiful store! What wonderful yarns!
I almost bought the Madelinetosh turquoise because it is so beautiful and beckoning but I stayed the course and got 3 skeins of Malabrigo Rios. I bought Indiecita, Purpuras and Candombe. I want more. I will get more. But for now, I am determined to finish my Kushu scarf within 3 weeks, but I do take short breaks to squeeze and admire my new Malabrigo.
I have so many knitting needles. I have Addi's, Addi's lace, bamboo, plastic, metal. Circulars, straight, long and short. I have several Lantern Moon needles in two kinds of wood that are so beautiful but their little heads have all snapped off by now. Lantern Moon were so popular a couple of years ago. Expensive and nice but they have no give. You sit on them ONCE and the heads break off revealing that tiny screw the size of an eyeglass hinge.
I get pleasure looking at my large coffee cans filled to overflowing with colorful needles, with the cords from circulars streaming down like maypole ribbons. This last week I have had great success with my latest Habu project, a purple on lavender Kusha Kusha scarf. I had started one a couple of years ago but the yarn had slipped off the needles over and over. I knotted and fixed the delicate stainless and super fine merino and ultimately gave up on this green and gray Kusha because it started looking like wilted lettuce.
This time I chose wooden needles determined to try this Habu project again and these needles make all the difference! The needle grabs the yarn just the right amount and my progress is smooth and fast and not a slippery mess! I got this tip from the Kusha Kusha Love group on Ravelry! My big plan is to finish this scarf in under two weeks then head to NYC to Purl Soho for more stainless!