What’s the problem with Madeline Tosh? It’s certainly not the yarn itself. Nobody has a problem with the colors, the bases, any of it. The problem is what happens when that delectable yarn is used in the wrong way.
Right yarn, wrong pattern. Wrong yarn, right pattern. One of those.
A bit of swatching will illustrate the hazards.
I’m on the hunt for the right stash yarn to use for Véronik Avery’s gorgeous Spinnaker pullover. It’s cool. It’s got some cluster stitch action, which I keep calling cluster&*#@ stitch by accident which isn’t really very polite. And it’s sort of minimalist, which I’m in the mood for, and it calls for worsted weight yarn.
Swatch No. 1: Berroco Ultra Alpaca, shade I’m going to call Celadon.
The cluster stitches actually look like little Screams. AAAAAAACK!
This 50/50 wool/alpaca yarn is a classic, but it really limps up once you give it a soak and a blocking. I love this yarn, but the halo and the drape and the general mintyness are not working for me. One nice thing: I did hit gauge on my second knitting try. Size 8! Cold comfort, I tell you.
Swatch No. 2: MadTosh DK, shade Mare (which, given the murky oceanic color, I’m taking to be Latin for “sea” and not mare, “horse who is a girl.”)
You see the problem here, right? It’s so so so so so so tempting to believe that a subtly shifting color is going to be so subtle that it doesn’t grok up a stitch pattern. I believed. I wanted this to be the yarn for this sweater more than I coveted my son’s Krispy Kreme donuts this morning.
And yet, and yet. This ain’t it. And the donuts all went to school with the boy.
What to do, what to do? I don’t have any other possible yarns in the house. What on earth can I possibly do?