19 September 2012

yearned, imagined, mine ~ posted by Melissa

have you ever seen a yarn and knew in a snap that you must have it

 3 skeins of madelinetosh tosh dk 'Mansfield Garden Party'

and were lucky enough to know someone that was willing to sell it to you (thanks, Kyle!)
3 skeins become 1 giant cake ~ 225yds of 24-ply merino wool

and while you waited for it to arrive dreamed about what you would make with it 

colors reminiscent of Monet's paintings

and knew instantly when you opened the package that this yarn must become a certain something 

big, squishy seed stitch

and after casting on realized that this project couldn't be any more perfect

 My enormous 'Gap-tastic Cowl' turned out just as I had envisioned.  It's long enough to wrap loosely around my neck three times and narrow enough that it doesn't come up over my chin.  One strand of this colorway is pretty enough on its own, but lay 3 strands side by side and knit them together and there are so many different gorgeous color combinations with every stitch that it was really hard to put this project down!

I'm a bit envious of knitters who live in cold climates since I probably won't get too much wear out of this knit in the Pacific Northwest, but if I do get to wear it once or twice every winter, I'll consider myself lucky!
Is everyone planning their cold-weather knits for this year?  I can't wait to see what my friends decide are their 'must haves' this season, and be inspired by their choices.  Hope everyone is having a great week!   ~ Melissa


  1. ARGGGHHH every time I am on the madtosh site looking for a different color I see that one and go "OH MY GOD I HAVE GOT TO GET THIS SOME DAY." I'm so glad someone has since I have yet to :P (and that is exactly what I'm planning on doing with it, too)

  2. I have 4 yds left that you are welcome to ;)


  3. Come visit me and you can wear it almost every day in the winter :) I love the cowl and three strands??? brilliant idea!

  4. That is so cool. I really want to make a cowl. One of these days. LOVE this yarn. :)

  5. Oooh, lovely! I just love when a yarn knits up so beautifully. Kudos!