Sunday, December 30, 2007

In praise of: Magallanes.

Poor little Magallanes. For many months, she shone in the glory of the Hot Loops wall, proudly displayed beneath our photo of the Fringed Jacket:

She enjoyed the support of multiple patterns in multiple books - lovely projects like the Antique Sweater and the Chunky Little Jacket:

But then Magallanes suffered a devastating blow. She contracted Bottom Shelf Syndrome. It wasn't her fault, really...SOMEBODY has to go to the bottom shelf. And after all, it was springtime in Oklahoma, and she was 242 yards of beautiful, kettle-dyed, thick-and-thin wool. She waited patiently for the next fall, but alas, she remained on the bottom shelf, cruelly and carelessly obscured by a bowl of shiny new Cascade Fixation.

Occasionally, some passer-by would notice Magallanes, and ooh and aah over her loveliness. But they were often confused by the fact that her look in the hank is bulky, but her stated gauge is DK - and in reality, she knits like a slightly finer Manos - a true worsted. The suffering seemed that it would never end.

Then, the kind and benevolent yarn store owner re-discovered little Magallanes, alone on that bottom shelf, and went on a quest to search out a new store project for her. Wonder of wonders, there were 71 projects on Ravelry featuring Magallanes. Joy of joys, three of the best patterns were free! There was the lovely Knotted Scarf:

The beautiful Caribbean scarf:

And perhaps most wonderful of all, Felted Booga Bag:

It felts! What a discovery! The benevolent store owner decided, then and there, to do a version of the Amanda's Squatty Sidekick felted bag as a store display, and also to remind everyone that Magallanes is available in the Loops online store. Plus, she found a romantic tidbit about Magallanes on the company website: "The Magallanes Region is located in one of the most austral parts of the world, this beautiful region is blessed with a unique landscape, with mountains up to 2,000 meters high, various types and sizes of rivers, ventisqueros, an abundance of different flora and fauna, as well as ice fields, national glaciers, channels, fiords, bays and parks."

Little Magallanes need never suffer again.

- Shelley
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, as I stood in the corner thinking, "Where has all the Manos gone?" I thought, "Hey, this stuff would look great in a mobius bowl." Then along came Ellen, who said, "Hey, this would work great for a mobius bowl." At least I think this is the stuff... I'm still blown away by the fact that Manos can fly. Who knew?

December 30, 2007 at 6:06 AM  
Anonymous Jennifer said...

This was one of my most favorite posts. Well done!

December 30, 2007 at 12:40 PM  
Blogger Tara said...

dude, you are gifted when it comes to selling yarn.. I, along with my christmas cash will be in soon to rescue some poor lonely yarn.

December 30, 2007 at 8:07 PM  
Blogger hollisann said...

Woohoo! Does Manos flying mean Malabrigo's on the way???? :-)

On the knotted scarf, am I just missing something, or should the yf's be yo's?? How do you yf, then knit 3 and end up with a hole??

December 31, 2007 at 5:13 AM  
Blogger Shelley Brander said...

Yes, you let the cat out of the bag, but Malabrigo's coming!!!!! I have placed the order but don't have a delivery date yet. And a yo is the same as a yf.

December 31, 2007 at 7:04 AM  
Blogger hollisann said...

Yay! When's it expected to show up? I've got to sell some junk and save up! LOL
So a yf means what, then? I thought it was yarn forward. No?

December 31, 2007 at 7:12 AM  
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