I’ve been a bit obsessed with madelinetosh for a few years now, always gravitating towards it at the Fiber Festival or finding justification for ordering just one more skein, so you can imagine how excited I was when I heard they were opening a store in the next city over! I kept meaning to go, kept talking about it, but somehow never made it. I won’t lie…I hate driving to Fort Worth.

But when I knew that I would be moving to London to go to school, and wouldn’t have another chance for quite awhile, I made it a birthday wish to go. In the end, it became a family trip to the madelinetosh store, and it couldn’t have been a nicer way to see it. Especially since I made my sister drive.

It is a stunning store, full of light, open spaces, and with beautiful fibers everywhere you look.

They also have a wall of fabrics which are impossible to resist. No really, I couldn’t.

In addition to their own yarns, they also had lots of other brands, including local fiber artists and some of the more difficult to find, like the gorgeous Skein yarn from Australia spilling out in stunning splashes of color. (There was serious lust going on in this corner)

The staff could not have been nicer or more helpful, taking us on a tour around the store, offering to wind our purchases, and turning a blind eye to my jumping bean of a nephew doing mad moves to Sesame Street in the middle of the store.

I am really looking forward to getting to explore some of the yarn stores around London, but I’m so glad I finally got a chance to see the madtosh store and stock up on some lovely things before I left.


For Henry

A small gift for my friend Shelly’s beautiful new baby.

Pattern: Hooded Jacket by Debbie Bliss
Yarn:Bernat Cottontots in Sunshine
Needles: I can’t remember anymore


Pattern: Top-down Shoulder Warmer by Laura Chau
Yarn: Madelinetosh Vintage in Tart (2.5 skeins)
Needles: US 8 and 9

This is the second time I’ve knit this pattern. Sometimes a bit of luxury about the shoulders is all it takes to brighten up a crummy day.

This color is amazing. In some lights it’s cherry, in others, an almost black-tinted red. In every light, it’s beautiful.

Anthro(ish) Titian cowl

Last winter I noticed Anthropologie had some really lovely long, drapey cowls that could be wrapped close or left swinging down. I fell for them, liking the soft splash of color against the neck. But when I went to the store to look at them, each one had a nasty pick or a run in the fabric (seriously bad idea to keep them in a basket, however fetching they looked). So I decided I would make my own out of a really gorgeous shade of Malabrigo sock yarn, Tiziano red.

The pattern, such as it is, was bunging on a lot of stitches, knitting in the round until almost out of yarn, and then using a stretchy bind-off. Et voila!

Little Cloud

The little cloud I started earlier this year never did get much bigger, but it’s fast become one of my favorite wraps.

Pattern: A Little Ruffle by Jennifer Lang
Yarn: Tosh Merino Light in Gossamer, 1 skein
Needles: US 7

Silk wrap

I’m a bit embarrassed to admit how long it took to get photos of this, especially considering that it was a very fast and easy shawl to make.

Pattern: #3 Lace Capelet by Tanis Gray
Yarn: Laines du Nord Mulberry Silk, in seafoam
Needles: US 7 and 8

Again, thanks to my mom for being such a patient model.


I wanted a quick, brainless knit and these were just the ticket. Round and round we go…