So I went to the second of two LYS today (the first visit was on Saturday), and this shop had some Malabrigo....
I have to say I don't quite get it?
It was soft, but not near as soft as some of the other options (and Manos del Uruguay didn't thrill me either). I'm actually glad I waited to feel it in person before ordering online.
Saturday I bought 4 balls of Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran, which I found much softer, and am making the Column of Leaves scarf
with it. The store was Knit Picky
in Winston-Salem, NC -- and they were amazingly nice and helpful.
At this second LYS (Knit One, Smock Too), I was pretty much ignored, even when fondling the $22 hanks of hand-dyed yarn. I ended up buying one hank of the Mountain Colors
"Barefoot" in the Evergreen colorway for a pair of ankle socks. (60% superwash wool, 25% mohair, 15% nylon).
Neither store had Lorna's Laces Lion & Lamb or Artyarns Regal Silk, two yarns used for projects I'm considering (Big Girl Knits - Bombshell, and Annie Modesitt's corset tank (shortsleeve version)), and looking to either blow the credit card on the yarn, or find a good substitute.