Posts Tagged 'Madelinetosh'

FO: Making Waves Cardigan

Some months ago I finished this cardigan – in the height of summer. Now that the weather is cooler, it’s time to start wearing it. And therefore, I really should blog it…

So, without (any) further ado, may I introduce to you my Making Waves cardigan. This is a great transitional cardigan – knit in 4 ply it would be ideal for spring and autumn, and hopefully winter too in my new classroom which has a heater that is far more effective than my former classroom’s one!   I used gorgeous Madelinetosh yarn – this is the Tosh Merino Light, in the stunning Amber Trinket colourway.  I have had my eye on this colour since the lovely Lina at Photo.Knit.Dog knit a cardigan in it way back in Feb 2011. I was lucky enough to score three skeins on special mid-way through last year at Hidden Purls, waiting for me to decide on what to knit.  Late last year they had another sale and I had to stop myself buying more yarn when I hadn’t knit what I had already bought. It was just the push I needed to choose a pattern and cast on.

I chose the Making Waves Cardigan as it had caught my eye on several occasions. I like the simplicity of this top-down seamless raglan. the fit across the back and shoulders is just the lovely fitting silhouette that suits the 4 ply cardigan, and the understated ruffles suited the tones of the yarn which is neither a true semi-solid nor variegated, but a complex mixture of amber tones.

As with all the MadTosh yarn I’ve used so far, there were definite differences in the skeins. I alternated though the second and third skeins which seemed to contain a mixture of the tones from the first skein.

The knitting could not have been simpler. I had not a single issue with the pattern and knit it completely as written. What a pleasure to find such an accessible, well written pattern from an independent designer.  Of course, that does make me want to try another of her patterns. I’ve got my eye on the Elphaba Pullover, another gorgeous 4 ply knit. 4 ply is ideal for the mild winters we have in the North West, so I just cannot stop myself from looking at (and buying, and making) knits/yarn in this weight.

 This is just as lovely to wear as you would imagine. The yarn is a single ply yarn, so very very soft. I had worn it a number of times before the photos were taken,  and as you can see it is still in very good condition. There is a small amount of pilling, not anywhere as much as you might expect. Instead it is just delicious cosy.

I am so pleased with this, I’m sure that it will get lots of use in the coming months, and hopefully the coming years.

Happy Valentines Day

We don’t celebrate Valentines Day in any commercial sense, however my small girls do so love the concept of the day as a day to celebrate special friendships.  After school today a card was made and delivered to the three girls next door, whom my girls absolutely adore.  And in lunchboxes today, there was a special treat – a piece of this cake…

Super easy way to transform an everyday cake (well, with my crew around eating everything in sight I try to keep the baking tins full-ish!) into something a bit special 🙂

And speaking of something a little bit special, I am super excited with a test knit I’ve got lined up… I finally got to wind the last of my Madelinetosh DK Wood Violet yarn, and it’s going to be allll for meeeeeee! Beautiful! I hope to cast it on tomorrow too.

I even had some expert help in winding it. Or rather, some help that was rather more enthusiastic than experienced. But I’m working on her!
Just as well I wasn’t winding green yarn and intending it for me – she adores green, and would not want to share!   (oh, and see that parcel behind her – all full of new yarn. Yum!)

Happy New Year!

I thought it was well past time I popped on to wish you all a very happy New Year. 

 

If you thought I must have been busy, you’re right! We welcomed the new year at home and since then have travelled to Christchurch, tonight will be our fourth set of beds in a week.  AND we’ve had three different candle-blowing-out occasions (with a grand total of thirteen candles blown out, despite the birthdays totalling 115 years. Some things just don’t add up! And that’s with one person getting TWO lots of candles.)

I have been taking my needles and knitting with me though, and I’m making good progress on my first project for the year, which is a lovely cardigan, Making Waves by Mary Annarella. I cast on in lovely MadelineTosh Tosh Merino Light, which is a 4 ply single, and is knitting up beautifully. The colourway is Amber Trinket, which is a stunning combination of colours – I adore these photos of Lina’s cardigan which made me fall in love with this colourway. In typical Tosh fashion, no two skeins seem to be the same, so I’ve had to alternate skeins through the body and I’m hoping the sleeve skein has enough of the various colours in to avoid having to do so in the arms too though.  Looking good so far – about four inches down the first arm. 

Apologies for the links rather than photos – guess who forgot to bring their camera??

FO: Tea Leaves Cardigan

I have a new favourite cardigan.

This is my Tea Leaves Cardigan, knit in Madelinetosh DK. Oh my, what a lovely combination!

The Tea Leaves Cardigan is one of those patterns that I saw around on Ravelry and loved, intending to knit it at some stage. When I was making my big WEBS order, I  decided to splash out on a garment lot of Madelinetosh yarn, figuring that a good pattern deserves a good yarn. Initially I wasn’t sure if I loved the yarn when it arrived – all skeined up the colour looked quite flat, and I was really hoping for a semi solid effect. When I finally got around to winding the yarn it became clear that there was more variation in the tone on tone colour than I first thought. In fact I could see that in the six skeins I had two that were close to solid, two that were quite varied with light patches, and two that were a good combination.  I decided that to avoid patchiness or variations in the finished garment I would use two balls at time and knit two rows from each and then switch over. I used the lightest and darkest balls alternately for the body of the cardigan and saved the two combination balls for the sleeves.  The end result is a uniform distribution of the colours across the cardigan, just as I had hoped. The alternation of balls is much easier on the cardigan than a sweater knit in the round!

In terms of the fit, I had read about the experiences of others with this pattern, and was aware of issues with the neckline being too wide. To avoid this, I cast on for a size one less than I wanted to end up with. I knit this size right through all of the increases, and then when I slipped the stitches off for the sleeves, I cast on eight stitches under each of the arms. This accomplished two things – firstly it gave me a wider cardigan body around the bust, which is of course where I need the extra room, and secondly it gave me more sleeve stitches to pick up, and therefore a slightly more generous sleeve. I had also noted that people found the sleeves tight, and I wanted to wear this over long sleeved shirts so I wanted a little bit of positive ease in the sleeves.

Other than these changes I knit the pattern as written (oh, and added a third buttonhole). I trusted than the length of the body as written was correct even though it was short. I had, again, checked up on feedback of other knitters which showed that the yarn I was using tended to stretch lengthwise. And sure enough it grew several inches on blocking to a very reasonable length.

This cardigan is a simple knit. It features alternating garter stitch bands with stocking stitch bands which are ruched due to increases and using larger needles for the stocking stitch sections.  The circular yoke is includes all of the increases in the main pattern without the use of short rows. There is very little counting of stitches, and the pattern is simply written but accurate. While I would recommend you are careful with the neckline and the fit at the top, I would definitely recommend this pattern.

The yarn is holding up well considering I have worn the cardigan practically every second day since I finished it.  In this photo you can see a slight halo starting to fuzz up.

There is a small round of balling up too, but with an occasional shave I think that this will be a very well performing yarn.  I would definitely recommend it thus far, it was a tad pricey but I am hoping that it will prove to be value for money over time.

Summary:

Pattern: Tea Leaves Cardigan by Melissa LaBarre

Yarn: Madelinetosh DK, I used just over 5 skeins, plenty left for a hat or cowl.

Needles: 4mm needles for garter stitch, 4.5mm needles for stocking stitch. I tried out my new 4.5mm Knitpro short tips on the sleeves and was very pleased with them.

Time to knit: The body was finished in a couple of weeks, sleeves took 2-3 days each, and the bands knit up very quickly in a few hours. Overall it took me over a month though, going away on holiday without the new tips meant I couldn’t knit up with sleeves when I wanted to.

Difficulty Level: Easy, you just need patience to knit miles of stocking stitch.

Happy Mothers’ Day

Happy Mothers’ Day to all my lovely Mummy friends! I know it’s not Mothers’ Day in many countries, but I thought that I’d share these lovely flowers with you nonetheless. Yup, Dh did good!

And he’s not the only one. A bunch of online buddies and I decided to repeat our Mothers’ Day swap from last year.  We had such fun last year, a special acknowledgement of our common link as mothers, and a celebration of our ongoing friendships. This year I got my gift several days in advance, and I was sooo good. I didn’t even open the box, just in case it wasn’t wrapped. Nooothing to do with the electrical tape it was taped up with keeping me honest either! True!

Oh, but the surprise when I opened it up and found… this!

I am utterly in awe, have no idea how she managed to score some Wollmeise and utterly in love with the colourway. I haven’t a clue where to start with thinking of what to knit with this and would love some suggestions – so comment away please!

Part of the parcel I sent included another of the hats I have knit lately. This is another Crooked Paths beret, and I really enjoyed knitting this patern for a second time.  I used the gorgeous Madelinetosh Vintage yarn in the colourway Lepidoptra.  I loved the crisp stitch definition, the squooshiness of the yarn, the way it knitted up and the way it blocked. I sure hope that it is well loved at its new home – I didn’t *love* the colourway in the skein too much, but knitted up it was simply gorgeous.

I think that this is going to be one of my go-to patterns for gift knits, super cute, well written with easy to follow instructions and it’s simple enough to knit up in just a couple of days. And the yarn – well, I feel really lucky that I have a skein or two in my stash waiting for its turn to be knit up into something special just for me.

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