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Madelinetosh and Malabrigo

We got M&M!
That’s Madelinetosh, and Malabrigo yarns! Both are hand dyed goodies, that really make you itch for some knitting time.

Check out these colours of Madelinetosh Vintage (worsted weight)

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And for quick knits we got Madelinetosh ASAP!

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Even bigger, and faster to knit is lovely Malabrigo Rasta!

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These are some of my favourites from this batch ↓
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Madelinetosh Vintage in new colour called Court and Spark

Madelinetosh ASAP

Madelinetosh ASAP in Spectrum

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Malabrigo Rasta in Archangel

Madelinetosh ASAP and the Rasta will be put to good use in our upcoming

Learn to Knit Headband Class
Thursday December 10, 17, 7-9pm
Register HERE

If you already know how to knit you can find the free pattern for the Headband. HERE and HERE. They are both free!

Craftily yours



The skinny and the fat on Madelinetosh


Coming in a box at a time, the drawn out process of receiving our fall Madelinetosh order makes it even more exciting.  There are some new things coming, and some have already arrived.
Above is a lovely collection of Merino Light.  The perfect yarn for shawls and lightweight scarves, including our Soho Scarf project!
On top: Tart
Middle left to right: Vermillion, Mourning Dove, Smokestack
Bottom left to right: Candlewick, Forestry, Ink

tosh sock
We were so pleased with the last batch of splatter colour-ways we recieved from Madelinetosh that we requested more and more!  Here ↑ is Cosmic Wonder Dust in Tosh Sock yarn

tosh sock

Optic in Tosh Sock


Holi Festival in Tosh Sock

Expect more splatters to show up in Tosh Chunky and Vintage (worsted weight) too!

The biggest cushiest yarn that Madelinetosh makes is called ASAP because it knits up real fast.  We have restock of ASAP in lovely blues and greys as well as bright pinks, oranges and yellows, and this brand new colour ↓


It’s called Spectrum!

More Madelinetosh updates to come soon
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What’s Up With Madelinetosh?

Why is it so talked about? So pined for? So worth the wait? Because you always have to wait a bit for this yarn.  The answer to these questions are below in picture form.  For more evidence come into the cafe and give the yarn a squeeze.  For further research on the subject – take some home and knit or crochet with it, but don’t do this if you do not want to join ranks with the Madelinetosh addicts!

We just received an enormous shipment containing:
Pashmina (sport weight) 75% merino, 15% silk, 10% cashmere, 329m, $37
Vintage (worsted weight) 100% superwash merino, 182m, $24.50
Chunky (aran weight) 100% superwash merino, 151m, $24.50
ASAP (extra bulky weight) 100% superwash merino, 82m, $24.50

pashmina Madelinetosh

Colours are order from left top clockwise
Pashmina in Citrus, Sunrose, Tart, Nutmeg, Candlewick, and Leaf.

pashmina Madelinetosh

Pashmina in Georgia O’Keefe, Celadon, Antique Lace, Tern

Vintage Madelinetosh

Vintage in Gilded, Bloomsbury, Maple Leaf, Cousteau

Vintage Madelinetosh

Vintage in Mare, Paper, Ember, Composition Book Grey

Madelinetosh Vintage

Vintage in Fragrant, Scarlet, Smokestack, Coquette, Flashdance.

Madelinetosh Chunky

Chunky in Tern, Jade, Mineral, Betty Draper Blue, Fathom


Chunky in Vintage Sari, William Morris, Calligraphy, Victorian Gothic

Madelinetosh Chunky

Chunky in Citrus, Candlewick and Torchere

Madelinetosh Chunky

Check out these new splattered colours. We love them! This one is  Cosmic Wonder. It’s Chunky weight.

Madelinetosh Chunky

Optic in Chunky

Madelinetosh Chunky

Holi Festival in Chunky

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Modern Fair Isle in Chunky

Madelinetosh ASAP

ASAP in Pop Rocks, Courbet’s Green, Coquette, Edison Bulb, Citrus

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ASAP in Flashdance, Fig, Cousteau, Leaf

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ASAP in Well Water, Silver Fox, Fog. Composition Book Grey, Dirty Panther

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mix and match

How about this wonderful project by Miss Edie Kim?

edie's cowlIt’s the Knit Cafe’s Mondo Neck Cozy pattern made with Madelinetosh ASAP and some delectable additions that come care of Koigu skeinettes

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Edie is an excellent “maker of things”.  She is always quick to let inspiration take over and tinker with an idea till it becomes a one of a kind enterprise.
Her version of the Mondo Neck Cozy uses extra big Madelinetosh ASAP, which is a soft merino wool that is so comfortable to wear, and mixes it with a happy selection of mini skeins to add pops of colour and texture.

koigu mini skeins

Blending colours and textures by knitting with several strands of yarn held together is an easy and instantaneous way of creating a unique fabric.  It’s incredibly fun to do  and so straightforward a new knitter will be able to do it with neither fuss nor fighting.

koigu mini skeins

Edie blended a neutral with a selection of her favourite colours of mini skeins to amazing effect, but the possibilities of colour combos for this project are indeed endless!


Edie’s colour choice “Paper” is in amongst the small amount of the ASAP we have left on the shelves.  We also have a wonderful crop of Brown Sheep Burly Spun which includes this delicious sunshine colour called “Lemon Drop” (one of my personal favourites). Mix it up with your own crackle and pops of colour for your version of the Mondo Neck Cozy!


Mondo Neck Cozy Pattern

The Mondo Neck Cozy is a fast and easy project, but I encourage you to try blending colours and fibres in other future projects.  It’s a gas!

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go big!

This week we received a package of Outer by Spud and Chloe – it’s an extra bulky yarn.


Colours from top: Sandbox, Peat, Fearless, LeapFrog, Mermaid, Bayou, Carbon, Rhino, Rocket.

With this auspicious arrival we have a collection of 3 quite different extra bulky yarns to choose from, and therefore a good time to do a little comparing and contrasting.  Are you with me?

extra bulky yarn

From left to right: Madelinetosh ASAP in Silver Fox, Spud and Chloe Outer in Rhino, Brown Sheep Burly Spun in Grey Heather.

Extra chunky knits are still really popular knits! They look great – combining drama with coziness! They are also fast knits and are perfect for new knitters, or hurried ones.  The 3 types of extra bulky yarn shown here would all do the trick for your extra bulky projects – but which one do you choose?


ASAP by Madelinetosh is:
– hand dyed
– one ply
– 100% merino wool
– machine washable, lay flat to dry
– 8-10 stitches per 10 cm with a 9mm-12mm needle.
– each skeins has 82 metres for $23
That’s the grocery list, but what else?
ASAP pulses with Madelinetosh’s infamous colour prowess; it is decadently soft as only merino wool can be, and has a slight sheen.
Here’s something you may not know – one ply yarns are usually softer in feel due to their soft spin.  They are also more likely to pill.  To mitigate this, knit your projects tighter.  The softness of the merino will allow for a tight knit without stiffness.
The first finished project I have seen with the Madelinetosh ASAP was a Mondo Cowl made with two strands of ASAP held together to bulk up the weight and make a tighter knit.  It was off-the-charts-gorgeous! A tightly knit hat would also be a great project in this yarn, Jane Richmond’s Autumn for example!
Hand dyed colours give interesting depth and character and accentuate the one-of-a-kind nature of the hand knits.

spud and chloe outer

Outer by Spud and Chloe is:
– uniform in colour
– 2 ply
– 65% superwash wool and 35% organic cotton
– machine washable and tumble dry
– 8-12 stitches per 10 cm with a 8mm-10mm needle.
– each skeins has 55 metres for $17
Wool blended with cotton makes a really soft yarn. Despite the girth of this yarn it is not as warm as the ASAP or the Burly Spun due to the cotton content. It is a better choice for folks who run hot but still love the bulky knits, and not so great for those of us who want the warmest possible knit.
This is also the “easiest care yarn” of all three.  You can wash it and dry it in a machine!  That makes it a terrific choice for projects that need this kind of consideration.  Parents for example really like getting garments and blankets for their wee ones that don’t require hand washing. Spud and Chloe have a wonderful pattern called Leaf Blanket, that is pretty much too cute to be true.

edie's cardi in outer

I love this guy ↑.  It’s a baby sized sweater, knit by Edie in Spud and Chloe Outer.  I love how she combined the colours.  Outer comes in colours that are especially suited to children’s wear – the bright and cheerful kind! This is an adaptation of the Baby Sophisticated Pattern  which is really for a much lighter weight of yarn , but Edie is so clever she MacGyvered it.  If you would like to try the same, she suggests casting on the same number of stitches as the pattern indicates and then increase as suggested till the shoulder width seems baby sized. The rest of the sweater is knit to the bottom without shaping.

burly spun

Burly Spun by Brown Sheep is:
– heathered or uniform in colour
– 1 ply
– 100% wool
– hand wash
– 10 stitches per 10 cm with a 9mm needle.
– each skeins has 120 metres for $19.50
The Burly Spun is a staple yarn around The Knit Cafe.  We have found numerous applications for this yarn! It is the heaviest of the extra bulky yarns, in other words the biggest of the big! It is also the most cost-effective choice – if that is a concern – and when is it not?
It is not as soft as the ASAP merino, nor as soft as the Outer’s cotton blend, but has a squishy, wooly feel that is comforting and quite comfortable for many people, even around the sensitive neck area.

extra bulky yarn samples

Above, are three examples of the Burly Spun knit into garments.  The top is the Mondo Cowl which is knit on a 20mm needle, the middle is an example of a garter stitch scarf knit on a 15mm needle, the bottom is the Chunky Cardi which is knit on a 10mm needle. This illustrates how the same yarn can be knit to many different gauges from tight to loose to very different effect.
The Mondo Cowl is knit extra loose to make a fabric with enough drape to wear comfortably around the neck.  The large size stitches really emphasize the bulky qualities in the yarn. The 15mm project has a nice medium tension, that is neither tight nor loose. The Chunky Cardi is knit on the tight side.  It is a firm fabric which makes this sweater more like a coat; an appropriate application for such a heavy wool. The tighter knit will help the sweater keep it’s shape and will make it extra warm.
Burly Spun is a very elastic yarn thanks to it’s 100% wool fibre content, this allows for knitting at different tensions.

martin scarf

This is the Martin Scarf, modeled by Edie Kim. It’s one of our favourite projects made with the Brown Sheep Burly Spun yarn.  An easy projects that’s got panache, and is a little bit more interesting to knit then a straight scarf.  This project has a triangular shape and long ties that fasten it closed.  Pom poms are adorable finishes! This Deep Charcoal Heather colour makes the unusual design still look  classic.  The Martin Scarf is knit on a 15mm needle.

Now that all your bulky yarn needs are met, I will bid you farewell for now.
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I want that ASAP!

The folks at Madelinetosh are so clever! They have called their latest yarn ASAP or “As Soon As Possible” to reflect the fact that it can be knit in a hurry.  This extra bulky yarn is terrific for last minute projects.
I – myself, have been reflecting on using this yarn for an extra bulky hat and mitten set, because it’s so darn cold. Brrrrrrrrr….

Some up-close and personal pics↓asap





Group shots↓


Top – Citrus
Bottom Left – Coquette, Bottom Right – Silver Fox


Top – Button Jar Blue
Bottom Left – Courbet’s Green, Bottom Right – Paper


Top – Fig
Bottom Left – Fog, Bottom Right – Water Well


Top – Nutmeg
Bottom Left – Couteau, Bottom Right – Leaf


Top – Dirty Panther
Bottom Left – Flashdance, Bottom Right – Composition Book Grey

This extra bulky, 100% superwash merino wool is $23 for 82 metres and (as you can see) comes in Madelinetosh’s beautifully hand dyed colours.
Better come and get it ASAP!

Craftily yours