Archive for October, 2011

Madelinetosh and my baby knitting philosophy

Lacey Baktus

A new favorite yarn at the Polka Dot Sheep and the Knit ‘n Needle Yarn Shoppe is the Madelinetosh line. We have two of the most popular yarn weights available. In the Tosh Sock, currently there are 26 colorways in stock. In the DK weight, there are 14 colorways in stock. The dying of this yarn is rather unique and knits up without pooling in the variegated colorways. If you are a Malabrigo Lover, you are sure to love Madelinetosh. They are so different yet addictive in the same way.

I have recently finished two projects with Madelinetosh yarn. The first project is pictured above, the Lacey Baktus (Ravelry link). I absolutely love this colorway, Robin’s Egg. It is such a happy color without being too sweet or loud. This little scarf is a thank you gift for someone special who loves scarves as an accessory.

A sweet little vest for a good friend’s new baby boy is my other completed project. The pattern is the very popular Milo vest, available for purchase as a Ravelry download. I made the 6 month size but I deliberately knit it at a slightly tighter gauge. I used less than one skein of Madelintosh DK in the Silver Fox colorway. I think he will look very handsome in this color especially since he has very dark hair.

Milo vest

I know that some may say that a lovely yarn like this isn’t practial for a baby or it is too expensive. But as a mommy I will tell you, superwash wool isn’t any more difficult to care for than other nice baby clothes. I simply wash it gently in the machine  with cool water and let the item dry flat on top the dryer. As to the cost, this yarn is the same price as a big box of diapers (sad I know) but so much nicer and honestly you will have a pleasant time knitting the gift and the mommy will love the gift. We all know babies need diapers but they aren’t nearly as much fun to buy or receive.

What do you think about my baby gift  knitting philosophy? What yarns do you use for gifts? More importantly, have you tried any Madelinetosh yarns? Let us know what you think and feel free to share your  projects on our Facebook page.

Happy knitting for others or yourself!

~ Angela M.

October 24, 2011 at 8:08 pm 4 comments

Featured Pattern: Off Piste

Off Piste

The Off Piste hat is a Polka Dot Sheep / Knit ‘n Needle favorite.  Shoppe owner Aimee Alexander designed the hat because she wanted a brim “to keep the snow flakes off [her] glasses”.  Aimee couldn’t find the perfect design, so she created this one.  It’s been a hit at the shoppe, and it’s picking up steam on Ravelry too, with 23 projects made.

The recommended yarn for this hat is the best-selling Malabrigo Twist, and it requires just one skein.  The hip brimmed hat is an interesting yet quick knit. With its flowing cables and bobbles, it is a great first cabling project as the pattern features both charted and written directions. Most importantly, the end result is so very cute and wearable.

I have made three Off Piste hats so far and am planning on making one for myself as well. The picture above is my daughter wearing one using Twist in the Tuareg colorway. I gave this particular one to my sister-in-law (SIL) during her chemo  recovery and she fell in love with hat, remarking that  the softness of the yarn was soothing.  My daughter wanted one for herself after having been allowed to model my SIL’s,  so I whipped up another using  Blue Sky Alpaca Cotton which is a spectacular option for those of you who live in warmer climes.  I made a  third Off Piste, again using Malabrigo Twist, but  in the Piedras colorway.  I wondered if I might lose the crisp cables using a variegated yarn, but I think it worked out lovely.  You be the judge, and let us know what you think:

Off Piste

For more information about the Off Piste hat, check out the links below.

Off Piste Hat Pattern (hard copy)

Off Piste Hat Instant Download (pdf- instant download)

Recommended Yarn: 1 skein of Malabrigo Twist (or approximately 140 yarns of worsted or aran weight yarn) Other suggested yarns are Malabrigo Worsted, Blue Sky Alpaca Worsted Cotton or Berroco Comfort.

Other necessary items: US 9 16″ circular and double point needles, US 8 straight or double point needles (for brim), stitch markers

You will not be disappointed in this pattern or its end result. Remember Christmas is coming, winter is around the corner and warm hats are always appreciated.

~ Angela M.

October 17, 2011 at 7:09 pm 2 comments

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