Yarnlove: Madelinetosh Pashmina Worsted

I fixate on things. I’m a master of fixation. But I’m also wildly fickle. I’ll move on quickly to the next song with mad cool drums or author with witty dialogue. Or, say, the next incredibly soft yarn. Well, I think I’ve found something that’s going to keep a hold of me for a while.


Madelinetosh Pashmina Worsted–75% merino, 15% silk, 10% cashmere adds up to 100% heaven to knit with. The hand! The drape! The shine! And each hank comes with 210 yards. Few things make me happier than gorgeous yarn in usable single skein yardage.


Did I mention the color? The incredible glazed colors that Tosh yarns are known for take beautifully to this particular base. The first photo is Nassau Blue and my phone camera fails to pick up the subtle variegation. The second one, though. Oh dear. The second color shown with its rich royal, deep navy, striking emerald, and bursts of purple is called Stargazing (as if it wasn’t already perfect for me). And the luster of the silk overlaying the wash of color is the icing on this knitter’s cake.


Okay, I’ll own it: I’m fixated on this yarn. It makes my hands happy and my heart happy and it’s been wildly inspiring. I’ve already designed two patterns with it–Manhattan Melodies, as seen above in NYC’s The Yarn Company exclusive color Midnight in Manhattan, and the Jeremy Cowl, an upcoming post. Find it if you can, I know Yarn Garage in Rosemount and StevenBe in Minneapolis still have some. Touch a skein and try to tell me I’m wrong.

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