Madelinetosh, I love you

Now this may sound a little forward, considering we have never met. But Madelinetosh, I love you. Or rather, Amy Hendrix AKA The Force Behind Madelinetosh (TFBM), you rock.

In the past year, I have knit with nearly 13 skeins of Madelintosh Tosh Merino Light. That’s 5,460 yards, minus the leftovers below. Basically, with the exception of one large project, two skeins of the heavier Tosh Merino DK, and a random hat or two, I have ONLY knit with Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in the past year.

When I went to buy my yarn for my upcoming year’s projects, I prohibited myself from buying more and instead made myself buy other types of yarn…just to broaden my horizons.

It hurt.

I am not quite sure what got me hooked on Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light to begin with. I think I read about it on a few blogs, and I was curious. Then I saw some skeins in a couple of the local yarn stores. And I bought. En masse.

Then I went back for more.

I love all the colors. I swoon.

It knits so soft. Like yarn butter. But not greasy.


I did knit a Twist Shawl in the heavier DK (Williams Morn colorway). While I liked the DK, it wasn’t as touchable as the lighter Tosh Merino Light.

I didn’t even know until this week that Tosh Merino Light was superwash…Although, I must admit here, I have never machine washed anything I knit with superwash. I am too afraid. What if something bad happens? And I just can’t go back? Once it’s felted/shrunk/sad…it’s gone forever. I just don’t have the guts. That and I can’t keep track of which hand knits are superwash and which are hand wash…so they all get handwashed only.

Another example of my life devolving to the least common denominator.

My favorite colorway was Opaline. I used a few skeins for a Featherweight cardigan. I had a leftover fourth skein (I always overbuy…why?!?) that I used for my Twist Shawl pattern development and a cute little baby hat for a BFF.

I also bought four skeins of Alizarin. Three went to my Nanook, which came out a little too large due to my gage incompetence.  My fourth skein (of course!…more overestimating yardage requirements) went to my Nikita shawl pattern (now free on Ravelry!).

There was the skein of Golden Hickory for the two Twist Cowls. It’s not in the photo because I used every single last inch.

I purchased two skeins of Grey Garden at Websters in Ashland, Oregon, most of which went to my Super Easy Winterspun Shawlette pattern, also free on Ravelry. I have some leftover that will become someone’s cowl this holiday season. Never too early to plan.

The skein of Alabaster became my lacy delicious Tatianna fingerless glove pattern (free on Ravelry). Another skein of Tart was specially selected for my mom’s cowl. My mother is drawn to those rich jewel tone colors. The balance of both skeins are also dedicated to holiday projects.

Over 5,000 yards later. Here I am. A big fan.

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  • Reply Karen June 3, 2015 at 3:51 pm

    Well now I’m going to have to buy some. I have never tried any Madeline Tosh yarn at all.

  • Reply Karin June 4, 2015 at 3:55 am

    As long as you share, this is a GOOD obsession 🙂

  • Reply littleblackdogsa June 4, 2015 at 4:51 am

    🙂 I have been gifted Madeline Tosh before, and have loved it more each time. It is a true treat to any knitter, and perfect gifts for those of us that have to “import” to SA. 🙂
    I love Madeline Tosh as well. 😉

    • Reply Andrea @ This Knitted Life June 4, 2015 at 7:31 am

      Importing yarns must be a bit tricky/more expensive?

      • Reply littleblackdogsa June 5, 2015 at 12:26 am

        It is not so easy. 🙂 The costs are a bit expensive, mainly because of the exchange rates. And postal services are not always reliable, so courier is a better (but a bit more expensive) option as well. But we always make a plan. We have some wonderful sellers here, that will spoil us by making up bulk orders for all of us that are interested, that way we all score and save. 🙂

  • Reply pumpkin sunrise June 4, 2015 at 6:35 am

    I agree with you one billion percent on your adoring love for mad tosh. It is a delight to knit with 🙂

  • Reply ekatearcher June 4, 2015 at 11:52 am

    i totally agree! i absolutely love their yarns

  • Reply knittedblissjc June 4, 2015 at 12:12 pm

    I adore your love letter to Madeline Tosh yarn! I actually have never knit with it before, but I have a skein in my stash, and I’m sure I’ll sue it this fall. You have me even more excited to try it now!

  • Reply FogKnits June 8, 2015 at 9:23 am

    Another TML fan here! If you’re brave enough to develop another Tosh obsession sometime, try the Pashmina! It’s my kryptonite 🙂

  • Reply Hannah June 8, 2015 at 2:40 pm

    I loove Madelinetosh ! I am totally with you… I wish I could join their sweater club !

  • Reply AlisonH June 9, 2015 at 11:13 pm

    I was visiting family in Ft Worth a couple years ago and a knitting friend asked if she could come take me to her knit night. Sure!

    When we pulled up to the shop my jaw was on the ground. It hadn’t occurred to my friend to mention… And so I got to meet Amy, owner of Madeline Tosh, on a one-in-a-million chance. You’d like her; she’s a peach, and I love her yarns all the more for it now.

  • Reply dwj1978 June 15, 2015 at 9:41 am

    I knit a sweater in March and used Madelinetosh DK for the first time. It is so dreamy! Quince and Co is next on my list!

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    Love this yarny love note, Andrea! Gonna have to get some and try it for myself…
    For now, I’ve shared it on my blog’s fb page 🙂 ♥ <3

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