O O A K

The last time I was at WEBS was, if I’m not mistaken, the day after Christmas. I was driving home from Vermont, and who was I to turn down their after-Christmas sale (especially since I had a gift card from my birthday).

Even though I don’t knit, I fell head over heels in love with the Manos Del Uruguay Mentolat kits. I kept taking them down, touching all the colors (because, you know, different colors feel… different?), checking and re-checking the yardage, etc. But again, I don’t knit, so….

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My eventual solution (if you can call it that) was buying a whole bunch of Madelinetosh Tosh DK One of a Kind skeins. They give WEBS skeins they dye that aren’t quite right, and every now and again WEBS busts these out — and since they aren’t true Tosh colors, they’re The Nice Price. Likewise, I didn’t go for the full eight colors the Mentolat pattern has, though my color choices are basically a darker version of “Option 2” (it’s gorgeous yarn and a beautiful pattern, but they didn’t get too creative with the names).

I wound up buying six colors, with the intention of making a crocheted version of Mentolat.* Left to right, the sort of acid pea green is… pretty much what it is. The medium teal I’m thinking is a not-quite-right Plunge, and the deep teal looks like Esoteric. It took forever to pick the grays, because finding three skeins of varying intensities that had the same cast (warmth/coolness) wasn’t easy. But I’m thinking (again, L-R), the darkest gray looks like Leopard, the middle gray is Dr. Zhivago’s Sky (see now they had fun with the names), and the lightest could be a close-but-no-cigar Great Gray Owl. Whatever they are, they’re Tosh, and they’re fabulous.

*What has kept me from doing this? No, not winding the yarn — all the skeins have been wound for a few months now. In fact, I was staying at my mom’s house and getting ready to travel to California, and I showed my mom how to use the skein winder because that was how important it was to get all that yarn ready to… sit in my apartment for (as of now) five months. On the other hand, yes, my puppy completely eviscerating the schematic I’d drawn out did slow me down, as has figuring out a crochet stitch that will a) look er-mazing and b) give about the same height-width ratio knitting would. So that’s… yeah, this one I have been taking my time on.