Madelinetosh Extravaganza

Almost a year ago a friend asked if I would knit her a shawl or shrug for her wedding.  In fact, I started this blog as a way to share pictures and ideas with her.  After taking a trip to a few yarn stores in Manhattan to look at touch yarn, we settled on Brooklyn Tweed’s Rock Island Shawl.  I imagined knitting it in an ivory color or pale lavender, but my friend opted to go with a deep purple color, which went beautifully with the color scheme at her wedding (color story?).  I tried to find the Lorna’s Lace’s lace yarn the pattern calls for, but couldn’t find it anywhere in NYC.  Someone at the Brooklyn General Store suggested using Tosh Lace, but didn’t have the color in stock that my friend was looking for.  I think I called every yarn store in Manhattan, but not only didn’t any one have purple Tosh Lace in stock, they all mentioned that it would take a really long time to special order.  Sigh… Thankfully, WEBS had Tosh Lace Flashdance in stock.  I ordered two skeins, just in case!

Tosh Lace in Flashdance

I only used about half of one skein to make the shawl, so I still had a LOT of Tosh lace!  It’s a beautiful yarn to work with, so I offered to make my friend something else using the yarn.  We looked at a few patterns on Ravelry, and ultimately decided on Hannah Fettig’s Featherweight Cardigan, with a few modifications – short sleeves to the elbow, and a longer hem to mid-hip rather than cropped.  If the Rock Island shawl went quickly, this felt like it took FOREVER to finish!  Thankfully, it was a good piece to bring on vacation as it packed up into a tiny bag and didn’t have any fancy directions – just miles and miles of stockinette!

I finished blocking the cardigan last week, and love it so much I’m considering making one for myself.  Maybe in the winter, after I finish all the Christmas and Fall baby knitting…

The coolest part of this whole project was seeing professional photographs of the Rock Island shawl from my friend’s wedding!  I am really happy with the way it turned out, and was proud to see how it looked in her wedding photographs.


About iheartwool

I like wool. I also teach music, live in Brooklyn and have a cute dog.

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