New project day!
Is there any happier day for a knitter? Casting on a new project is like shopping for school supplies—all fresh start and new toys. The yarn hasn’t yet become familiar, we’re still in awe of it’s texture and color. I haven’t yet become frustrated with directions or mistakes, and I don’t yet know how the project will truly look. While I love having the finished product, knitting’s “first day” is always a treat for me.
That’s rarely true of writing. Want to strike fear and awe into the heart of a novelist? Simply present them with a blank page and the words “Chapter 1.” Possibilities are thrilling, but they are also terrifying.
I’ve tried to work out what it is about Madelinetosh yarn. It has a unique character—I can almost always tell it on sight. For one—and I’m not sure why this stands out—it’s beautifully round. The strand has an elegant, perfect circumference to it. A clean line that beckons to clear, crisp stitches.
And at the same time, there’s this hint of halo—just the smallest feel of fuzziness—that balances out the crisp with a softness I can’t quite describe.
The color—oh, the color—just makes the other characteristics that much more wonderful. I know lots of people oooh and ahh over Madelinetosh’s exquisite, quietly undulating color, but honestly, I think it’s the least of the things I notice. It’s more how the color flows with the shape and texture than the color itself.
No matter what the attraction is for you, its clear Madelinetosh has created some knitter-perfect alchemy of fiber. Even basic garter and stockinette look great in this yarn, as we’ll soon see in this pattern.