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Tosh your Haps!!

Friday, July 08, 2016           by The Purl Box

Okay, so it's the worst sort of word pun, the title of this post, but both our newest yarn brand, Madelinetosh & our eagerly awaited box of the latest book from Kate Davies arrived at The Purl Box on the same day.... and so made me want to Tosh my Hap in celebration.

I love getting deliveries!!!

I love the unpacking, getting the 'big reveal' first glimpse, the smelling, the squishing (okay, so more of this is on the yarn than the books, but you understand) & the photographing, some more squishing.


I thought I'd just share a bit of the love with you!

I have to say, Madelinetosh is an absolute genius with colour.  I think I know now who I want to be when I grow up!

I keep finding new favourites amongst the new selection that we have - mostly just whichever shade the light happens to hit upon when I'm looking their way.  And it might be that I keep opening the cupboard door so the light does shine upon them often.  

I'm sure you understand.

Anyway, we have three weights to chose from - Tosh Merino Light - a single spun 4ply or sock weight; Tosh DK & Vintage - a 10ply or Aran weight yarn, both of which have a lovely twist to their 4 plies, making them great for textured knits.  All three yarns are made from 100 % merino.

Our colour range is a little limited for now, but I'm sure you'll still find something you love.  We plan on building the range as we go - we are most definitely smitten with this brand.

So, about Haps - this is a collaborative book, from Kate Davies Designs - put together by Kate Davies & Jen Arnall-Culliford.  There are a number of fascinating written essays on the history & constructions of haps as well as a range of fabulously varied Haps by a number of well known designers, including Kate Davies.

You may have been watching the slow tease of designs released prior to the book going on sale on either Ravelry or Instagram.... I know I was tuning in every day to see what hap & designer would be featured next.  I pretty much had my definite 'to knit first' plan made - Uncia by Lucy Hague, using Fyberspates Vivacious 4ply in Spiced Plum.  To be followed closely by Houlland by Donna Smith (the 2015 Shetland Wool Week Patron) in Oyster Yarns Lacey Lucy, colour still to be determined.  

Only I started reading through the essays at the front of the book & found myself swatching for the border of Moder Dy - the most traditional Hap, using some Jamieson & Smith 2ply Jumper weight.  It seems I'm in need of a Hap that could double as a blanket... albeit a slightly smaller version than the Buachaille version Kate's original one is made in.  

Funny how the brain just tricks you like that.  Or is it the hands? 

Swatching is as far as I'll get for now - there's still a little yarn in the cupboard I need to dye up before the Australian Sheep & Wool show next weekend (July 15-17), so I need to get cracking on that.  Plus a Fantoosh! still in the making.

But I'll be casting on for the Moder Dy after that.  Once I decide upon the colour scheme - I'm thinking either the grey (203) with greens & blues & a flash of white - to look like the sea.  Or the creamy-beige (202) with reds & oranges for a summery salsa feel.  Or the cream with greens... or ...

What do you think?  Here's what I have so far - please excuse the discolouration on the cream - that was a quick lesson in why you should use the Wool setting on the iron when steam blocking - or why you shouldn't try to save time by using the iron in the first place!! 

The upside is at least I know now which needle size I will be using when I start, even if I haven't fully worked out the colour scheme yet.

By the way, if you are going to the Australian Sheep & Wool Show in Bendigo next weekend, do drop by the stall & say Hi, we'll love to see you. You'll find us in the Osborne Pavillion at the Showgrounds, site 104 - its the same spot we were in last year.  

We'll have some Haps books available & some of the lovely Madelinetosh for you to squish.  As well as some of your other favourites!!

Hap-py Knitting!



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