In My Stash: Madelinetosh Tosh Vintage

Before I get into today’s yarny goodness, I just wanted to let you guys know despite the sudden summer like weather I’m still chugging along on my cape. I’ve got a couple more inches of the body left and then I’m going to block it before I pick up my neckband and button bands. I’ll try to take some pictures and share on Friday. It’s coming along just perfectly and I can’t wait to share it when I’m finished. Okay…now back to yarn.
As I’ve been working on baby things for friends, I realize despite the warmer temps I love the feel of good wool yarn. I bought this Madelinetosh Tosh Vintage from Webs last year and I love it. The color is Kilim and it’s simply stunning in person. Seriously these photos don’t do it justice.
But here’s the problem, it’s so pretty I don’t want to knit with it. Am I insane? I find that what stays in my stash are the expensive yarns because I feel like I want to find the perfect pattern because the yarn is so perfect…but I never find the right pattern! So help me out and give me some suggestions on what you’d knit with this lovely yarn? I have 1400 yards and it’s worsted weight, so I can knit a sweater but which one?! And I want to make something with it and soon because Maryland Sheep & Wool festival is next month (are you going?) and I am going to buy yarn so I need to destash to make room!

All suggestions are welcome.

18 Replies to “In My Stash: Madelinetosh Tosh Vintage”

  1. Oh, my gosh! I have some of that, and I haven’t knit with it yet either. Isn’t it absolutely luscious?!! Can’t wait to see what you do. I’m super jealous that you’re going to Maryland Sheep and Wool, by the way. What fun!

    1. You are supposed to help not cosign my silliness LOL This will be my second time going to Sheep & Wool, it’s about an hour and a half away from me and a lovely drive. I take cash only and once I spend it I’m done shopping. Otherwise I’d lose my mind!

      1. Haha! Oops! The cash plan sounds very smart. Take a lot, though, okay? I’m going to live vicariously through you, and I want to really enjoy myself. πŸ˜‰

  2. I absolutely understand! I have some wonderful wool that I’m just now making up into a pair of socks for my husband… and I’ve already frogged it twice. No pattern is good enough. Cannot believe how wonderful it is. He may have to hang the socks over his desk like a trophy!

    Your Madeline Tosh looks simply gorgeous. The one thing I’ve learned with variegated yarns is that simple patterns show off the yarn best. So… I wouldn’t recommend complicated textures, though simple knit-purl variations seem to do well. I’ve been looking at this pattern for a long time now… just a thought!

    1. OOOOOOH I love that pattern. Yeah you’re right about simple stitch patterns look best to really highlight the yarn. I’m adding this one to my favorites. Thanks!

  3. hahaha!! Too funny! I thought I was the only one like that! I’ve had some Malabrigo (is that spelled right?) yarn in a beautiful purplish, plum, gray blend and I haven’t wanted to use it because I need just the right project . . . My suggestion to you, is pick your 2 designs from your fav designer (you have sooo many) and then put them in a hat and whichever comes out is the one you do! πŸ˜‰

  4. Maybe a nice lap blanket (for you and Cher πŸ˜€), it looks incredibly squishy! Unfortunately, I too am a “victim” of the thoughts of my yarn being too beautiful to knit with…actually typing that makes it sound darn right ridiculous, however, true. This is the number one reason why I have so few WIP, because I’ll buy a gorgeous yarn, with no set intentions, and then mull over the different patterns I find without settling on one. I covet my own stash!

  5. Have you checked to see what other patterns other people made? Of course you have … cause you’re you! LOLOL! Okay … seriously though, I agree that the yarn is GORGEOUS, so no complicated patterns, that colourway is it’s own show stopper now you just need a pattern that’s the backup dancer. If I run across any I’ll send them to you but in the meantime, know that it’s not just you … maybe that’s why my stash is so obese, to many “my Precious” yarns in it. πŸ˜€

      1. And that’s exactly how I say it! In his voice while trying to make the same face! LOLOLOL! Insanity!

      2. But it is like the ring! LOL Expensive and beautiful yarn must be used wisely!

      3. LOLOL! True dat! That’s why my stash is obese, I got too many yarny “rings”! I feel your pain sister, I feeeeeel your pain!

    1. What I’ve learned is I am not alone in stashing the good stuff. LOL I have narrowed it down to 2 patterns and will hopefully start one soon.

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