October 24, 2014
We’re always excited when big boxes arrive in the shop (even if on some days all the deliveries converge and we feel a little overwhelmed at the thought of all the unpacking), but this week it was a little box that got us squealing: our order of Unicorn Tails from Madelinetosh has arrived! Unicorn Tails are 52-yard mini-skeins of Tosh Merino Light, and beyond having the best name ever, they open the door to so many fun projects that only use small amounts of colours. And, because Unicorn Tails are the same weight and fibre as Tosh Merino Light, the two play perfectly together, which makes for a ton of possibilities, including the ability to swatch for a project (or just to see how colourway knits or crochets up) without investing in a whole skein of yarn. Here are some of our favourite ways to use Unicorn Tails.
Stranded Colourwork: Whether as accessories or sweaters, stranded colourwork offers so many possibilities for playing with both colour and pattern. We love the traditional look, but we’ll admit to shying away from some patterns because it ending up with tons of leftovers isn’t always ideal, and restricting ourselves to leftovers in our stash is no fun. Enter Unicorn Tails! Have you been dreaming of knitting your own Peerie Floores? What about the adorable Carson sweater or the Indicum Pullover, which needs only a small amount of contrast for the corrugated ribbing? Unicorn Tails are perfect!
Stripes: Whether you want to add a contrast accent (like in the Graphic Kerchief) to a solid piece, work regular stripes (we love what the Dessine-Moi un Mouton sweater does with stripes) or go wild with lots of colours (we love this version of the Laneway dress), Unicorn Tails are often the perfect amount of yarn. We especially love them for shawls that feature a solid colour with stripes in shifting colours — Kelpie, the crochet Sunday Shawl, and Daybreak are all perfect candidates for Unicorn Tails.
Gradients: Although Unicorn Tails themselves are solid colours, they offer a perfect opportunity to create your own gradients, with the colour shifts happening exactly where you want them, and in the order you like best. Unicorn Tails would be perfect for creating that subtle colour shifting at the opening of the Fading Lines cardigan or creating your own wash of colour for the Zuzu’s Petals cowl or Ombré Wrap.
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