While sports fans in Austin and around the country might think of March Madness as the dominion of college basketball, the insanity of the coming month is not exclusive to athletics. It's also one of the months carved out by fiber fanatics to celebrate one of their favorite yarn brands. For knitters and crocheters, it's Malabrigo March.
For the 31 days of the month, Malabrigo lovers around the world gather together via the Ravelry group Malabrigo Junkies and participate in knitalongs, crochetalongs, and other contests. There's something for everyone, whether you want to bust through your stash or add even more to it. Many designers will be offering discounts throughout the month on patterns using Malabrigo, while store owners, like local online retailer Sandra Singh will have special deals on the yarn itself.
The patterns which will be KAL-ed include:
Mixed Wave Cowl
Piccola Dolce Hat
Roscoe Village Hat
There & Back Again Socks
To infinity and beyond
Still can't find the right pattern for you? There is also a thread for general sweater and general accessory projects.
Everyone is welcome in the spirit of celebrating the famously soft yarn, whether they are attempting dozens of projects or sticking with a single skein. To show off your participation, there are also a selection of Ravatars to choose from, personalize with a web photo service like Pic Monkey or you can make your own from scratch.
Let everyone else worry about their brackets this month, Malabrigo March is all about projects, stash, and making new fiber friends.