Friday, January 7, 2011

Minor Stash Enhancement

Thank you everyone for such a warm welcome back to the blogging world!  I've really missed being here and I'm going to try to keep it up as much as I can now that a new semester is about to start.

Before driving back to Pittsburgh I had to stop one last time at The Yarnery, one of Minnesota's finest yarn shops.  (That's not an opinion, it's a fact).

I was a bit frantic when I arrived and started simply pulling skeins off the shelves left and right.  I walked in the door, grabbed the latest Vogue Knitting (I really like the Men's Fair Isle Cardigan as part of the "Chalet Chic" collection) and then continued to snatch things up that I had no use for.

Normally I buy yarn strictly on an "as needed" basis and was therefore quite appalled by my behavior.  I believe the fact that I was drawn to buy yarn simply because I wanted it means that the knitting bug has come back at full force.  I managed to resist most of the yarn piling up in my arms in the end, but I did go home with two skeins.

The first was a skein of Malabrigo Twist in the 'Teal Feather' colorway.  I have absolutely no idea why I bought it.  Heck, I'm still not convinced that "teal" is even a color!  But when I saw this yarn, there was no hesitation.

When I got home I remembered that I have a skein of Twist in black that I bought many moons ago and, correct me if I'm wrong, but I think they would be very happy together.

My plan is to knit them up into Stephen West's Westward Hat from Westknits Book 1.  Ooh, you know what'd be sweet?  It would be awesome if I could get two hats out of these skeins and reverse the colors.  I'll have to see once the first hat is finished.

The second skein I bought was Madelinetosh Tosh Lace.

The 'Tart' colorway jumped out at me as soon as I walked in the door.  I've never knit with Madtosh before and although the color is gorgeous, the yarn definitely has that superwash-y feel to it.  With only 950 yards, I haven't picked a pattern yet.  Any suggestions?  I'm thinking I may even try to design my own, but that could end in disaster and I don't have much time these days to sit around and sketch things out.

It's very pretty though, no?


  1. I'm not generally a huge fan of teal, but that's a nice rendition of the hue and I agree on pairing it with the black. Nice choices all around.

    Hope yins have a safe and uneventful drive back to da 'Burgh, 'n dat.

  2. I'm a big fan of teal. I did an argyle vest in teal and black for a friend - it's a great combination. And that lace *is* a gorgeous color! Yay for the knitting bug to be back full force!

  3. Tart also grabbed me the throat and made me take it home (although mine is Merino Light (a fingering weight).
    Your two Malabrigo yarns will play happily together as a hat!

  4. I'm putting my vote in for a double-knit reversible hat for that Malabrigo! Extra warm for the wonderful weather the east coast is having right now too :oP

  5. Teal is pretty much my favorite color ever :)

    But beware the stashing!

  6. Beautiful yarns! I love stash enhancements of any size!

  7. Beautiful yarn! The teal is beautiful but I adore the Madelinetosh Tosh Lace. That dark reddish wine colour is gorgeous! Happy knitting!

  8. Gorgeous Lace! It's enough to knit the Cherry Blossom Stole, which I am about to knit for a wedding :)

    Not sure of the yardage on twist, but I do know you can get 2.5 Botanic Hats out of two skeins of regular Malabrigo. Westward may chew up more yarn because of cables, but I bet it's totally do-able!

  9. tart is by far their best colorway.

  10. Great choices! I'm glad you found a partner for that skein of Malabrigo. I'm not sure what to suggest for the lace. I've got a few large skeins waiting to be knit myself. I bet you'll find an incredible pattern choice for that Tart colorway.

  11. Good to see you're back. You've been missed.
    Looking forward to seeing what the gorgeous yarns become. The teal and black work beautifully together.
    Have you decided on yarns/colours for the Men's Fair Isle Cardi?

  12. So sorry for the delay... but I was so glad to see you back. I love that you found yourself grabbing yarn off the shelves and filling your arms, then having to put almost all of it back, haha. Sounds familiar.

    Perhaps the Tosh could make a nice La Cumparsita.