Friday, July 30, 2010

Introducing Madelinetosh Yarns!

HTML is excited and happy to be able to bring you the delectable yarns of Madelinetosh! A fellow Texan, Amy Hendrix the owner of Madelinetosh is renown worldwide for her luxurious fibers and hand painted designer colors. I have the pleasure of introducing two of her yarn lines in many of her new Fall colors, the knitting staple Tosh Sock and her newest yarn, Tosh Merino Light.
Tosh Sock Twig

HTML clipboard Tosh Sock is crafted of a luxurious 100% superwash merino wool. With a generous 395 yards per skein one skein is enough to complete a pair of woman's size large socks, but you'll also discover its perfect for lace projects too.
Tosh Sock Posy
Tosh Merino Light Fathom

HTML clipboardSoft, single-ply fingering weight Tosh Merino Light is also crafted of 100% superwash merino wool. Each skein is put up with a generous 440 yards. One skein is enough for a pair of socks and two skeins for a full sized lace project, but Madelinetosh's breathe taking color palette will inspire you to knit or crochet pullovers, cardigans, hat & mitten sets and much more.
Tosh Merino Light Antler

HTML clipboardEach squishy soft skein of both of these yarns is hand dyed in small dyelots. Madelinetosh achieves her unique and rich colors by applying multiple colors to the fiber in thin glazes, adding true depth and dimension to each skein and making your projects stunning and unique. With so many beautiful colors to choose from you can use this yarn again and again, and each of your projects will be a unique work of art.
HTML clipboardTosh Merino Light Cherry

Meet Amy Hendrix: Madelinetosh began in 2006 with an idea of creating an artists palette of hand knitting yarns, fulfilling a desire for the perfect hue. Enthused with a love of painting and influenced by the rich history of art in textiles, Madelinetosh sought to create a color palette guided by the subtle nuances and layered depth of colors found in the natural world.

Selecting natural fibers that were soft and supple to the touch and enjoyable to handle, they began their dye process by applying multiple colors to the fiber in thin glazes, adding true depth and dimension.

Today Madelinetosh's colorway selections exceed one-hundred and four different shades and hues, a worthy palette for all to enjoy.

Who was Madelinetosh: Lillian Madeleine Atkins was born to a hopeful tenant farmer and a fair-skinned aesthete at a cross-roads town in Virginia named Moonlight in 1900.

At the age of twelve Lillian walked to the county seat, filled out a small form, and forever changed her name from Lillian to Madeleine tosh. when asked why, she offered, her school teachers surname was better suited for her than simple Lillian.

At nineteen, Madeleine Tosh met a tugboat captain working on the Pagan River. She married him to spite her father for an
undelivered gift four months later, bearing nine children Madeline raised six to adult hood.

Madeleine left her husband after the children were grown, moving to a brownstone in Washington DC off 14th Street. For money she worked, packing and unpacking crystal lamps and shades at woodard and Lothrop’s department store in DC.

Madeleine later moved to a prefabricated, quonset hut in claremont purchasing an oak loom, where she wove linen and handspun cotton fabrics for pocket money.

Madeleine was Amy's great-grandmother. Madeleine never traveled outside the Virginia, DC area, she died in 1984.

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