tosh | boot socks.

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It’s getting luxurious around here.

I decided to knit Sean these Purl Bee boot socks for Valentine’s Day this year, mostly because they knit up so quickly in worsted weight yarn. I actually didn’t think they’d feel as light and airy as the finished project does–and they are, dare I say it, a foot’s dream, because I used Madelinetosh Tosh Vintage yarn.

I stash busted these socks with two skeins of Whiskers I had from a previous project I frogged, and some bits of the cactus flower colorway leftover from pussy hats.

I definitely see making more of these in my future–the color combinations are endless.

If you are looking for a simple, quick, sock pattern for winter, look no further. Check out my project notes in Ravelry.

roku x 3.

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I am obsessed with knitting the Roku Hat, which is a basic 1×1 ribbed hat that fits adorably and takes one evening to knit up.

I have knit 3 Roku hats in as many days–and will feature them in this space once they are finished blocking out. Here is a Roku in progress using the insanely gorgeous Madelinetosh Tosh Vintage in the candlewick colorway.

I mean, really. Look at that color.

Are you knitting Roku? Send examples!

end of may.

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I finished my heavily modified End of May mittens and gifted them to my sister in law for Christmas this year.

I am so excited about the fit and look of these that I have to make myself a pair in different colors.

For these mittens, I used Madelinetosh Tosh Vintage in the espadrilles colorway for the main, and holi festival, that gorgeous Madtosh speckled yarn, for the contrasting diamonds. Instead of doing the floral motif on the top, I decided to use the diamonds mosaic on the tops and bottoms of the mittens.

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They came out smashingly, I think. I love the way the speckled holi festival looks exciting and different here, and subtle enough for an adult to wear every day.

See my project notes here. See them when they were in progress here.  See more photos of my mittens here.

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.

 

striped tosh.

It was chilly enough here in Boston today to wear my Ladies Striped Raglan sweater designed by Jane Richmond. You may remember I finished it last summer–but I believe this is only the second time I’ve worn it.

The espadrilles shocking pink is really perfect for spring and summer and is making me want to knit another since the fit is downright perfect. I’m imagining endless possibilities–colors, stripes, solids, etc.

Come next week, when my large move is complete, I can happily return to the making and knitting.

stash & plotting.

There’s nothing better than a yarn delivery. Last week, I received three amazing skeins of Tanis Fiber Arts Green Label Aran in the chris gray, lucky penny, and shadow colorways for some baby gifts. This yarn is so gorgeous it might be my new favorite, even though I used it to knit my French Braid Cardigan last year to much admiration.

I also scooped up six skeins of my go-to (and most often used) worsted weight yarn, Madelinetosh Tosh Vintage, in the espadrilles colorway. Now, I don’t normally wear pink, but the light socket brightness of this particular color way just drew me in; its really unique and I wanted to hip my wardrobe a bit. I haven’t nailed down the exact sweater pattern for this particular yarn yet, but I’m edging toward either Yellow Brick Road, the Effortless Cardigan, or Perkins Cove (I saw it knit in worsted weight yarn by Fringe Association and gushed).

I’m leaning towards Yellow Brick because I think this shocking pink really deserves a bit of lace detail.

Ideas? Thoughts? Feedback please? Any other suggestions for what sweater I should knit with the tosh? Your favorites? What would make this color way shine?

sneak peak, drips.

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I’ve pretty much done what I’ve been saying I would do for years: get all my Christmas knitting done way ahead of time. For the first time, ever, I am doing and have done just that. It’s remarkable, really, since it’s impossible for me to set rules for myself and abide by them.

But here we are, in October, and I’ve got a majority of my things completed, my knits blocked and put in paper awaiting new owners, and even purchasing the small other things I give. It’s a modern day miracle.

Here is a sneak peak at the Drips hat. Shh, its a gift. Knit up with scraps of leftovers I had around–Madelinetosh tosh vintage in worn denim and Manos del Uruguay wool clasica in turquoise. This hat only took about two hours; clearly, a super easy gift for a friend with gorgeous results.

Only mod: I used both colorways for my pom.

stash.

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Getting ready for holiday gifts early this year, some gorgeous skeins of Madelinetosh tosh vintage just landed on my doorstep. The 3 skeins of glazed pecan will become a decadent scarf for my guy, and the other skeins will be used in a fair isle motif on a sweater for myself. The leftover yarn will be used for hats and mittens and other small items to be gifted to friends and family this winter.

The other color ways are: applewood (discontinued), tomato, bloomsbury, and steamer trunk.

Aren’t they beauts?