So, I had posted my rant about Malabrigo…
This time, it’s gonna be about the other cult faves – Wollmeise and Madelinetosh.
Not to sound like a pompous snob, but hey, at this point in my life, I think I’m allowed to judge yarn (move over Clara Parkes! I’ve got a good 13,000 skeins of yarn and 200 cones in my stash. How about you?)
And while my experience with Malabrigo was less than perfection (I have used the Worsted Merino, Chunky, Finito, and Lace versions as well as its 100purewool cousins, so I did get an overall feel for the yarns), the Wollmeise and Madelinetosh experience was actually not too bad.
The yarns I encountered was Wollmeise Dk and Wollmeise Pure; Madelinetosh Tosh Sock, Pashmina Worsted, Tosh Merino DK.
Here are my rather brief reviews:
Wollmeise: substantial feel, solid colorway that looks almost factory dyed, soft and tightly spun base. Overall, a very nice yarn but I can’t quite see why there’s a rabid fan base. I admit that it’s a really high quality yarn but don’t really see why there’s such a high premium. Nonetheless, if you come across a destash/ yard sale that has any of the Wollmeise yarns, don’t hesitate to snatch them up. High quality through and through. No dyes coming off onto your fingers while knitting and no dyes leeching onto lighter colored yarns when washed. Whatever this Claudia (the dyer) is doing, she’s doing a good job.
Madelinetosh: TOTAL HYPE. There, I said it. The dyes aren’t set correctly and some of the yarns pill like crazy (Pashmina series), almost to the point of Malabrigo. At your price point, what’s your excuse? My god, America, are you this dumb to get suckered into buying overpriced yarn? There are SO many indie hand dyers out there deserving your $$$ and this brand ain’t it. You might balk at this statement and wonder how many yarns I have actually used to give such review. How about 20 skeins? Is that enough of a test run? I made a ton of mini skeins to sell off after using a certain yardage for my scrap yarn scarf project. Lo and behold, many of these suckers bled like crazy. I don’t care if your yarn colors are beautiful – set your colors so they don’t bleed onto other yarns. Your prices sure don’t justify this nonsense. Maybe I’m just a cranky knitter who doesn’t like seeing one company monopolize the hand dyeing market.