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Remember earlier this month when I professed my unwavering love for Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light?

My yarn crush continues.

Big time.

The fabulous team at Madelinetosh Hand Dyed Yarns was kind enough to sponsor three skeins of their Tosh Merino Light to be gifted to three lucky blog readers.

I know, right.

Super fabulous.

I LOVE the colors they sent. The soft grey is Smokestack, the gentle pink is Rose, and the light beige is Antique Lace. I have fallen deeply in love with Smokestack in particular and will definitely be buying a few skeins to knit up a nice top…Although it probably won’t be until next year at the rate I have been going on the projects I have slated for this year. Smokestack, Rose, and Antique Lace really go well together…in case you are in the market for three shades to work into the same piece for a little colorwork.

This is the thing about Tosh Merino Light:

1. It comes in 89 colors. Yes, 89. And every color is so STUNNING, which is of course what spurned my love affair in the first place. If I was stranded on a desert island with just Tosh Merino Light (endless supply of all the colorways) and no other yarn whatsoever, I would be happy. Additional requirements: rum, mango tree, and sun block. Oh, and fresh water. Knitting needles too. Obviously. And my family. Double obviously.

  1. It is so soft and touchable. Like yarn butter. But not greasy. When I shared my love for Tosh Merino Light last time, a fellow knitter commented that the Pashmina is even softer. I can’t wait to try it. And that’s the thing about Madelinetosh Yarns: there are so many different blends! How will I even knit them all?!?

  2. I love the weight of the yarn. It creates a perfect fabric. Not too heavy. Not too light. Just knitted heaven.

I know there are so many great yarns available these days (high quality, responsibly sourced, beautiful…), and I can’t wait to try them all. That said, if you haven’t had a chance to try Tosh Merino Light, please do.

You can thank me later.

I will gladly be shipping these three beauties to three separate lucky winners at random. To enter, please leave a comment below. Limited to residents of the US and Canada. (Yes, I am adding a little international shipping to the mix…why the hek not…).  Deadline to enter: midnight, Friday, July 3rd, Pacific Standard Time.

Good luck knitters.

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.

Obviously.

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.

A Mother’s Cowl

Good news knitters. Good news.

I finished the cowl for my mother. Just in time for Mother’s Day. It’s knit up in Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in the color Tart.

And, no, that is not my mother. That is my friend Becky. My mother is much older, as you might have imagined.

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This is a simple design that I made up in my head. I do not plan on turning into a pattern…A bit too boring for me, but I really love the texture from the Flowered Meadow stitch.

DSC_0035 Making things up in my head is risky business.

Case in point: the time I thought I could make banana bread from memory without using the recipe. Bad idea. Always refer to the recipe unless you are ABSOLUTELY POSITIVE you remember all the ingredients…but even then, best to double check.

Happy Mother’s Day, Mom.

Translating the Twist Shawl

Good news, ladies. Good news.

My favorite Twist Shawl pattern has been successfully translated into German and Dutch.

Thus, if you know anyone who does not speak English and instead prefers their knitting patterns in one of those two languages, please spread the word.

Loudly.

Thanks.

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I have been wanting to translate some of my patterns for a while now. As in, two years kind-of-a-while.

Sigh.

All good things take time.

How many more years until I actually clean out and organize the hall closet? Let’s not even go there…

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One day I just got the itch and, with great uncertainty, posted in a couple of random threads in Ravelry forums, and BAM! Within a matter of hours, I had emails from knitters around the world offering up their services.

Ravelry is amazing that way. I was so surprised. It was my first time using a forum. I had no idea what to expect. Apparently the forums are well used, granted I did offer to pay for the translations, which perhaps boosted my response rate.

All the same. Wow.

I am still holding my breath to see if the translations pay off. Either way, I am proud of myself for finally getting it together to take the big leap.

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I find myself so struck by how the world is really one great big place held together by threads of yarn–people knitting from all over the globe. A common language of shared stitches. Global peace may still be a ways out. But global knitting, well, that is alive and well.

Alive and well.

Peace, harmony, and happy knitting from one continent to another.

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Knitting a New Cowl

Realizing I could knit while laying down was a came changer for me. Sadly, it only took me a decade and a half to figure that one out. Now I can lay down on the sofa, put on a show or a movie, and more fully relax at the end of the day.

Knitting in the car, on the other hand, is a different story. I know some of you are fabulous car knitters, makes yards and yards of progress on family roads trips. I, however, have found I can only get a handful of rows in before I start to feel like carsickness is heading my way. Is knitting in the car like reading in the car? If you can’t read without getting carsick, it is reasonable to assume you also can’t knit without getting carsick?My Tart Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light is knitting up like a dream. I have a cowl on the needles for my mom and expect I am more than halfway done. I chose a simple pattern (of my own brain’s inner workings…scary in there), but I keep looking at it and wondering if it is TOO simple. I think I will have to wait until after blocking to know one way or the other. It’s been years since I have gifted my mom something knitted, and I am looking forward to surprising her with this.

Next Up

I have other hobbies aside from knitting.

Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in Tart

Hard to believe, I know.

I used to say cooking was a hobby. I am over that now. Partially because cooking is messy and basically means doing dishes is required as a side-hobby, and, frankly, who needs doing dishes as a hobby?

Not me.

Also, I am too good at cooking…which means I eat what I cook (or bake) and then spend way too much time trying to lose weight, not gain weight, and generally wish my pants wouldn’t be so tight. In a former life, I had a blog called The Skinny Chronicles (true story) where I blathered on and on about trying to lose ten pounds (among other things). I am over that now.

More to the point, my other hobby that I really do enjoy is gardening. Particularly flower gardening, although we do have a vegetable garden that is way too large for a small family of three (we could feed an army!), but I will refrain from ranting on and on about how canning tomatoes really isn’t that fun after all and basically all that back-t0-the-earth being the greatest-joy-of-life stuff is just a big pile of crock because really it is just a TON of work and slaving over three boiling pots of water inside the 100 degree kitchen all day leaves something to be desired.

Like a spa day…

Now, where was I?

Oh yes. I love to garden.

The good news is my toddler loves to garden too! Last year, I was lucky to get 45 minutes of yard work in per day. This year, I can garden for hours…and he is just as happy to “help,” play in the dirt, and generally plod along behind me and “push” the wheel barrow to this spot and that. It’s amazing. I can get so much done, especially in this lovely mild weather! (This is where I knock on wood as I have probably just jinxed myself into some horribly catastrophic accident involving a full leg cast or something else tragically inconvenient.)

Sadly, I have found knitting with my toddler to be less productive unless I am distracting him with a cartoon or some other inappropriate parenting method.

But I haven’t let that stop me!  After Reed finally fell asleep Saturday night, I cast on a new cowl pattern (still in development) with Madelinetosh’s Tosh Merino Light in the Tart colorway. So far, I am loving it.

A Cowl to Gift

I live in the middle of nowhere. Rural. Remote. An hour’s drive to a respectable grocery store.

More on this another day.

Thankfully our small mountain town is home to lots of other young families, and I have been fortunate to meet other new moms with children similar in age to my own dear son. We rendezvous at the park from time to time and watch the kids play. We bring picnic snacks for the kiddos and, sometimes, champagne for the mamas.

Because what is a play date without champagne?

I knew you would understand.

One of these mamas had a birthday the other day. I love gifting my hand knits to my special girlfriends for birthdays and other special occasions. My Twist Cowl prototype seemed like just the right fit. I am still working on a final version of the pattern with edges that don’t curl quite so much (a pet peeve of mine), but the prototype offers a sneak peak of the overall look. The pattern is themed after my Twist Shawl pattern.

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For the most part, I adore this new cowl pattern. Simple yet graceful. Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light is one of my absolute favorite yarns. So soft and buttery. This particular cowl is in the Golden Hickory colorway.

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Stay tuned for the final pattern later this spring.

Many thanks to the birthday girl for being such a super fabulous cowl model.

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