It’s certainly no secret that we’re fans of Madelinetosh yarns — the colours, the quality of the materials, and the overwhelming urge to cast on something new when we look at them are all hard to ignore. The most recent addition to our Tosh supply is Pashmina, a light-sport-weight blend of merino wool, cashmere, and silk. This is exactly the kind of yarn you want to cuddle up with: cozy and warm, and so, so soft, Pashmina has been getting a lot of attention since it arrived just before the holidays.

Tosh Pashmina in Opaline, Charcoal, and Moonstone.
Tosh Pashmina in Opaline, Charcoal, and Moonstone.

We love gift knitting as much as the next  maker, but we’re also firm believers in treating yourself. With the holidays behind us (and weather only getting colder), this is a great time to make something for yourself. Whether it’s something small or something larger, making something for yourself is a good way to reset your inspiration and excitement for the new year. Need a hand narrowing down all the options? Here are some of the things we’d like to knit for ourselves this season (and, fine, they’d make great gifts too.)

Tosh Pashmina in Ember, Tart, and Red Phoenix.
Tosh Pashmina in Ember, Tart, and Red Phoenix.

Shawls: Keeping your neck warm really does seem to make all the difference when the temperature drops, and having a pretty shawl or cowl to wear makes it feel more like a treat than a chore. Shaelyn that alternates between stockinette and lace sections for an easy-to-wear but still warm shawl. For something a little more robust, the Boneyard Shawl is a simple piece that shows off colour beautifully without any fuss.

Tosh Pashmina in Baroque Violet, Clematis, and Dahlia.
Tosh Pashmina in Baroque Violet, Clematis, and Dahlia.

Cowls: Like shawls, cowls will stop a draft before you have time to wonder what’s going on at the back of your jacket. Perfect as outerwear, cowls layer well with scarves (for extra warmth) and double as a stylish element of your outfit. The recently released 3 Colour Cashmere Cowl became an immediate favourite, and with so many colours of Tosh Pashmina to choose from, the combinations are almost endless. For something a little more subtle, but just as special, the Ptarmigan cowl is an elegant and cozy choice.

Tosh Pashmina in Turquoise, Cousteau, and Baltic.
Tosh Pashmina in Turquoise, Cousteau, and Baltic.

Sweaters: This is where our love of Tosh Pashmina really comes through. The next-to-skin softness of this yarn makes it a great yarn for those sweaters that work as light layers, just what you want under a heavy parka or in an office. It’s perfect for lightweight-but-warm cardigans like Audry in Unst and Cria, both of which are destined to become immediate wardrobe staples. As far as pullovers go, we have a Stasis almost ready to cast-off and we’re in love. Other fantastic choices would be the dreamy and drapey Relax or the tunic-length Freshly Fallen, both of which we’d love to have in our closets right now.

Tosh Pashmina in Silver Fox, Reindeer, and Weathered Frame.
Tosh Pashmina in Silver Fox, Reindeer, and Weathered Frame.

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