diamonds.

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I’m so excited about the first one of these mittens came out. I decided to modify the End of May mittens (I’ve made them before) to be a repeat of the diamond pattern meant for the undersides.

And I thought using the new speckled Madelinetosh Tosh Vintage in the Holi Festival colorway would be that exciting pop of color without feeling too crazy neon. I’m making these mittens for my sister in law for Christmas.

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The inside cuff lining is knit with this buttery soft alpaca I had laying in my stash, and the main color is the Tosh Vintage in espadrilles I had leftover from a sweater I made a few years back.

I’m in love with the first one; onto the second.

I think I need a version of these mittens for myself. What do you think? Fun way to use the Holi Festival?

clayoquot baby.

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I really love the way this version of Tin Can Knits Clayoquot hat came out–and I intend to gift it to my sister in law for my nephew.

It’s knit up using Madelinetosh Tosh Vintage (superb for kids because you can throw it in the washing machine and its a pretty durable yarn) in whiskers for the main color, and thyme and glazed pecan for the color work parts. I love that its subtle but adorable at the same time.

More of these in my future, I think.

holidaze.

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Nothing screams holidays like extra dirty martinis in vintage mid century glasses and fair isle snowflake motifs in red and white.

This hat ended up being an amazing stocking cap gifted before I could get finished snaps. It only took two evenings to knit, so I’m definitely starting another one this evening.

Happy merry.

speckled.

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I splurged and got some of those incredible Madelinetosh speckled skeins, in the tosh vintage. This is from left to right “Filtered Light” and “Holi Festival”.

I know the knitting community is abuzz about these colorways, but I have seen few finished products on ravelry in the vintage version–but definitely plenty in the tosh lite. The color at right is going to be a hat and maybe some mittens, too, for my sister in law for Christmas. The Filtered Light very well might be a basic crew neck sweater for me–if it swatches nicely.

 

stockings | complete.

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Homemade, with Pendleton wool remnants. I started working on this project and my mum finished it for me. Basically, she did almost everything–I cut out the patterns.

Mostly because Pendleton wool remnants are quite hard yet for me to sew, what with my limited skills.

I am so pleased with the way they came out; there’s nothing better than homemade Christmas.