It is MalabrigoMarch, according to Ravelry! I decided to give the "Amanda Hat" a try using the Emerald yarn I had left over from my Tudora. I posted to the Tudora rav boards to see if it could be done and I had a positive reply that yes it could. So I went at it - the Amanda Hat is a great pattenr - easy to follow, quick to knit, and you have to pay just enough attention that it isn't mindless. However, I was a bit concerned about running out of yarn - I ended up with a little more than a yard left over! I only did 2 rounds of garter on the upper part of the hat and I may have skipped a knit row inbetween all the decreasing at the crown, I can't remember.
In the end, it's a nice hat and works well with the subtle variations of a yarn like this. That said, I don't think I'll keep it - my thick hair and big head combine to make this hat rather snug. I'll hold on to it for a while I think anyway, I may change my mind - it is so soft and warm!
It is so difficult to get a good picture of yourself in a hat while holding the camera over your head - try and smile, I look goofy, try and look artsy / serious, and I look stoned. Meh.
In non-malabrigo news, my parents returned safely from New Zealand and had a fabulous time. My mom brought me back two hanks of yarn! 100% New Zealand wool, hand-dyed 200 grams each! Absolutely gorgeous! I was so excited because I thought of the asking them to look for yarn after they had already left. Mom told me another lady in their group was looking for possum yarn, and she would have brought me that but she couldn't find it in her limited shopping time. Pictures and project ideas soon...