Workhorse Yarn

This poor yarn. It has worked so hard. I knit a few inches. Then start over. Time after time.

I had planned to complete my projects weeks ago…My quick, two-day hat is taking longer to knit than a full size sweater.

This single skein of Madelinetosh Dk (in Fallencloud) has been knit and reknit again and again over the past month. I have lost count of the number of times I have frogged and started a new, although I have completed at least two entire hats, I-cord edging and all, before ripping back to the Very Beginning.

After all that, I will say this: the yarn has held up very well. Madelinetosh DK is workhorse yarn indeed.

I am not sure if I will ultimately be successful in perfecting this pattern design I have been flirting with…darting around the edges of my creativity…trying to capture my vision just so. Somewhere along the way or even at the very end, I look at my final product and admit defeat. I unwind, and it all begins anew.

After all this ripping and reknitting, I feel indebted to this skein of yarn. Like I owe it something. It has worked so hard for me. All in the name of a hat. I owe it something beautiful and treasured. It deserves that much, I know.

Linking up with Ginny’s Yarn Along. In between books.

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21 Comments

  • Reply pumpkin sunrise September 23, 2015 at 5:19 am

    I hope you settle into a pattern that you love and I love madtosh yarns. I love their dye colors and I agree that they are quite sturdy ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply Andrea @ This Knitted Life September 23, 2015 at 6:16 am

      I want to move to Texas just so I can be friends with the folks at Mad Tosh. I think they call that stalking….

  • Reply Jennie September 23, 2015 at 5:19 am

    I know exactly how you feel! I knit and reknit the same fingerless mitt 15 times before I had it just the way I wanted it. I usually will reknit designs a few times, but this mitt is for a publication and I freely admit I’m over thinking it. (Sweet Georgia DK also holds up well to frogging, in case you’re wondering) Hoping to see your finished hat some day ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Amanda Dymacek September 23, 2015 at 6:26 am

    Argh! I feel your pain. I have a skien that has been a shawl a time or two, and a half of a sweater vest. Lucky for me the yarn already has a bit of a halo so what’s a little more roughing up. Good luck with your design!

  • Reply Lina September 23, 2015 at 7:02 am

    Oh man, that would drive me up the wall. I *hate* reknitting with a passion. I have totally done it, but I loathe it so. I’m glad it’s holding up, though, and I hope it settles into its correct form soon!

  • Reply Little Church Knits September 23, 2015 at 10:45 am

    Don’t give up!

  • Reply Louise September 23, 2015 at 1:48 pm

    Keep going, you are getting closer each time!

  • Reply Tamera L September 23, 2015 at 2:02 pm

    As the Yarn Harlot wisely observed: you start with string, and the worst that can happen is that you end up with string. What happens in the middle is up to you. (OK, I’m paraphrasing pretty heavily. But you get the point!) Good luck, and I hope the next incarnation is perfect!

  • Reply Alina September 24, 2015 at 7:12 am

    What a magnificent color! And you are right – this kind of yarn deserves the best pattern!

  • Reply Karin September 25, 2015 at 7:32 am

    If I could train myself to design with “ordinary” yarn I wouldn’t find myself having the same trouble that you’re having. I guess the upside is… Tosh x 2 (or 3, 4…). I’m on my third reknit of some FA Camelspin but I fall in love with it all over again each time ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply Andrea @ This Knitted Life September 25, 2015 at 7:36 am

      Oh dear. This calls for wine and chocolate. But yes, Mad Tosh on repeat isn’t the worst thing.

  • Reply knittedblissjc September 25, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    I love it when a yarn is resilient like that! And that colourway is so beautiful, too. You’ll get there!

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