January 8, 2024
NEW CHANNEL TO DISTRIBUTE MADELINETOSH & OTHER YARN BRANDS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Luke Hughes
Fort Worth, TX - (Jan. 8, 2024) - Today, Laura Zander of Jimmy’s Wool, LLC announced the formation of the Maddytosh Group as the distributor of multiple yarn brands, including Madelinetosh.
The Maddytosh Group currently distributes Madelinetosh, Jamieson’s of Shetland and Dream in Color.
“We dye and ship Madelinetosh from the Tosh warehouse in Fort Worth, Texas and have the capacity to store and handle fulfillment for our other brands, including Simply Shetland and the newly acquired Dream in Color,” Zander explained. “This allows us to give yarn shops a one-stop shopping and shipping experience for all three brands.”
Yarn retailers can now visit maddytosh.com and order products from Madelinetosh, Jameison’s of Shetland, and Dream in Color and receive yarn from all three companies in one shipment. “This gives us economies of scale,” Zander said, “and should save local yarn shop owners time and shipping costs.”
BRANDS SERVED BY MADDYTOSH GROUP
Madelinetosh is one of the world’s preeminent hand-dyed yarn companies with a legacy of inspiring knitters and crocheters with decadent yarn, explosive color, and quirky spirit. The company maintains the 1,700-color Madalogue library and launches dozens of new colors annually. In 2023, Madelinetosh and Shibui Knits agreed to allow Madelinetosh to relaunch Shibui yarns and patterns as Tosh products. They will begin rolling out at local yarn stores in early 2024.
Simply Shetland is the exclusive North American distributor of Jamieson’s of Shetland yarn from the gorgeous Shetland Islands, home of Fair Isle knitting. A 5th-generation family business, Jamieson’s spins the islands’ pure Shetland wool into exquisite yarn at their mill in Sandness, Shetland. Simply Shetland is under the creative guidance of Gudrun Johnston, who serves as Simply Shetland’s brand director.
Dream in Color specializes in luxurious, hand-dyed wool and wool blends, celebrated for easy care and pill-resistant softness, especially Smooshy, the company’s famous sock yarn. Meticulously hand-dyed, each skein tells a vibrant story in saturated color.
December 13, 2023
Fort Worth, TX - (December 13, 2023) - On Nov. 27, 2023 Laura Zander of Madelinetosh and Darcy Cameron, founder of Shibui Knits who closed her business earlier this year, agreed to transfer Shibui Knits’ product lines to Madelinetosh. Shibui Knits’ products will be remarketed as part of the Madelinetosh brand.
The agreement includes the hand off of Shibui’s entire portfolio of luxury yarns – including the wildly popular mohair-silk blend Silk Cloud plus Pebble, Lunar, Cima, and other favorites – along with patterns and signature colors.
RELAUNCHING LEGACY FAVORITES
Over the next several months, Shibui products will be relaunched as part of the Madelinetosh brand, starting with Tosh Silk Cloud and Tosh Pebble. They will be available initially in 12 top-selling mill-dyed colors exclusively through a limited number of local yarn stores.
Produced at the same mill in Japan as the originals, Tosh Silk Cloud and Tosh Pebble are being spun and dyed to the exact specifications as their Shibui predecessors. Tosh mill-dyed yarns will only be sold at local yarn shops. Customers can begin pre-ordering the first run of mill-dyed rebranded yarns from stockists in mid-December.
“I’ve been chatting with Darcy since she closed the business about how to carry her vision forward while also making that vision work in
the Madelinetosh world,” Zander said. “Both Darcy and I wanted to see Shibui’s beautiful yarns live on in the market. For our part, we were dying to reimagine these stunning products in Madelinetosh hand-dyed colors.”
“When I closed the business, I didn’t just want to walk away from what we created at Shibui Knits,” Darcy said from her new home in Dijon, France, where she’s retired. “Shibui yarns, color stories, and designs have inspired knitters all over the world. It will be a thrill to watch what Madelinetosh and its dyers do with these yarns.”
LUXURIOUS, HAND-DYED YARNS
Because of Madelinetosh’s dyeing expertise, next year the company will begin hand-dyeing the rebranded yarns and selling them through both Madelinetosh’s direct-to-consumer channel and Tosh retailers. Other rebranded yarns from Shibui Knits will follow.
"These are arguably some of the most exquisite yarns in the market, yarns that customers adored,” Zander said. “I’m thrilled that these gorgeous products will live on, evolve, and inspire new generations of makers as part of Madelinetosh.”
ABOUT TOSH SILK CLOUD
Lace-weight Tosh Silk Cloud (60% mohair/40% silk – 330 yds/25g) has amassed an obsessive following for its easy-to-wear softness, weightlessness, and dazzling luster. It’s often paired in designs with Tosh Pebble.
ABOUT TOSH PEBBLE
Tosh Pebble (48% recycled silk/36% fine Merino/16% cashmere – 224 yds/25g) is a lightly textured, plied lace-weight that balances the yin of softness and elasticity with the yang of durability and strength. It is frequently used doubled or paired with other yarns like Tosh Silk Cloud.
Started as an Etsy shop in 2006 in Fort Worth, Texas, Madelinetosh has become one of the leading and most dynamic hand-dyed yarn companies in the world. In 2019, Madelinetosh joined the Jimmy’s Wool, LLC family led by Laura and Doug Zander – and a herd of obstreperous unicorns – who have preserved the Tosh legacy of inspiring knitters and crocheters with decadent yarn, explosive color, and quirky spirit. The company maintains the 1,700-color Madalogue library and launches dozens of new colors annually. Madelinetosh is also the home of the MT Community Love Fund, which provides support to diverse makers and organizations in the yarn industry. Get bedazzled at madelinetosh.com.
March 30, 2020
Fort Worth, TX - (March 30, 2020) Madelinetosh, a producer of hand-dyed luxury yarn springs forward with the announcement of two influencer Knit-A-Long (KAL) collaborations, the launch of the ‘LYS Exclusive Color Palette’, a mini-collection of spring-inspired colored yarns, and a how-to-finger knit kit (free for the first 100 households) for the kids. In the wake of the COVID-19 disruption, Madelinetosh has quickly pivoted its business strategy to comfort and support customers and LYS (Local Yarn Shop) partners.
Laura Zander, CEO of Madelinetosh adds, “We pretty much have been brought to our knees with the situation at hand. It’s been a rough couple of weeks but we will continue to dye yarn, collaborate with our friends and support the LYS community the best we can. We are truly in this together and we will continue to do what we can to bring a little happiness to our maker community”
There’s a whole lot of love, orange love, with the recent collaboration and launch of “GG Loves Orange” yarn with Gaye Glasspie, aka GGMadeIt, knit influencer and everyone’s knit BFF. Dyed up in Tosh Vintage, it’s the perfect pop of sunny orange, worsted weight, 100% superwash merino. It only takes four skeins to knit up the Orange Love Poncho, a chic multi-wear poncho with simple cables and bobbles designed by Amy Gunderson. Coming off a successful soft launch at STITCHES West last month, GG kicked off her first-ever #GGOrangeLoveKal and will continue to host tutorials and meet-ups on ‘GGMadeIt’ Instagram and Youtube.
Kicking off on April 25th, Louis Boria, aka Brooklyn Boy Knits will host a Birthday Party (his birthday is April 26th) Knit-A-Long of his own design, the Massallo Shawl. This beginner knit uses six shades of Tosh DK, featuring a simple repeating slip-stitch and stripe pattern. Louis will host a cast-on party on
April 25th on You-Tube and will be checking in via his social media platforms to keep the engagement alive.
To give LYS a little boost of yarn, Madelinetosh has dyed up a collection of the prettiest hand dyed Spring colors in MT HOME, a soft chunky 100% superwash merino. The four yarn collection of fresh greens, yellows and grey/blues will be available at select LYS across the country. A small selection of crochet patterns by Toni at TLCrafts to complement these gorgeous yarns.
To round out March offerings, a little something for the kids. Madelinetosh is offering an adorable how to finger knit kit. The kit comes with one mystery color skein in chunky MT HOME yarn, two finger knit patterns by Vickie Howell, author of Finger Knitting Fun and How to Finger Knit tutorial by Vickie Howell.
GG Loves Orange yarn and Brooklyn Boy Massalo Shawl Kits are available at www.Madelinetosh.com and www.JimmyBeansWool.com
Orange Love Poncho and Massallo Shawl is available at www.Ravelry.com
Fingerknit Kits, Patterns and Video Tutorial by Vickie Howell is available at www.Madelinetosh.com
February 29, 2020
Fort Worth, TX - (February 28, 2020) Today, Madelinetosh, a producer of hand-dyed luxury yarn, announced they will be donating funds to the Beans for Brains Scholarship Fund, a merit-based scholarship program for artistic students pursuing or already in the process of attending post-secondary education. Established in 2009, the scholarship program was created to help aspiring knitters, makers, and students attend college or university and to date has awarded over $50k in scholarship funds.
Madelinetosh has dyed up an exclusive ‘Beans for Brains’ color in Farm Twist DK, a cream base yarn, sprinkled with neon sherbet pops of color. A complimentary sassy beret pattern designed by Amy Gunderson will come with purchase of yarn with 25% proceeds going back to the Beans for Brains scholarship fund.
CEO of Madelinetosh, Laura Zander explains, ”It brings me a lot of joy to be able to support initiatives like this. For me, it’s personal. I was able to go to college because of scholarship programs. I will do whatever I can do to support knitters, makers in our community further their education.”
Six students will receive a total of $15,000 in scholarship funds for the 2020-2021 school year. Beans for Brains recognizes students for a variety of characteristics and criteria such as GPA, community service, proj- ect knowledge, financial need, and more while uplifting their creativity through the fiber arts.
Madelinetosh “Beans for Brains” yarn and pattern is available in Farm Twist, $29.50 per skein at www.made- linetosh.com and $28.50 at www.jimmybeanswool.com and Amy Gunderson’s Beans for Brains beret pat- tern is available for purchase for $5 at www.Ravelry.com
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February 7, 2020
Reno, NV – (February 7, 2020) Jimmy Beans Wool, a market-leading retailer of yarn and accessories for knitters and makers, is pleased to announce the relaunch of their scholarship program, Beans for Brains. Six students will receive a total of $15,000 in scholarship funds for the 2020-2021 school year. Established in 2009, the scholarship program was created to help aspiring knitters, makers, and students attend college or university and to date has awarded over $50k in scholarship funds. Beans for Brains recognizes students for a variety of characteristics and criteria such as GPA, community service, project knowledge, financial need, and more while uplifting their creativity through the fiber arts!
“This is about supporting the next generation of makers in one of the most important chapters of their lives. Currently, the average tuition for in-state is $25k and out-of-state is $40k and not exactly an affordable reality for many students. I was so fortunate to receive scholarships to finance my college education and without it, I wouldn’t have been able to afford it. We are so excited we will be able to hand out six scholarships this year,” says Laura Zander, Co-Founder of Jimmy Beans.
Emma Coates, recipient of a Beans for Brains scholarship shared, ”Finding the Beans for Brains Scholarship was a game-changer for me at the end of high school. It felt like it was made exactly for me at a time when it seemed like I was the only teenager in the world that was making stuff with yarn.
“The Beans for Brains scholarship helped me realize that a career in the textile arts was exactly what I wanted and that it was something that I could actually attain. In early 2019, after years of ideas and planning, I launched my brand of hand-dyed yarns and handmade textiles, Coates & Co. Fiber. I continue to be thankful for the help that the Beans for Brains Scholarship gave me as I was starting out,” Coates continued.
Beans for Brains will continue the tradition of recognizing the achievements of makers from all of the country by awarding one student from each of the four U.S Regions, one student from Reno, Nevada, the hometown of Jimmy Beans retail store and warehouse and a community service scholarship award.
Jimmy Beans, Knitters Pride, Vogue Knitting, STITCHES Events, Madelinetosh and Shibui will sponsor the six award categories and winners will be announced in June 2020. Applications are open to students who have a 3.0 GPA and knit, crochet or weave with consideration going to those who have financial needs. Students will be able to apply online from April 1-April 30, 2020.
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January 9, 2020
Fort Worth, TX - (January 9, 2020) Madelinetosh, a producer of hand-dyed luxury yarn, announced they will be donating funds to Wildlife Rescue South Coast (www.wildlife- rescue.org.au), an experienced wildlife rescue group in South East NSW, which has been operating since the late 1980s. Wildlife Rescue South Coast’s primary aim is to rescue and rehabilitate injured and orphaned native wildlife to eventually release them back to the wild.
To kick off the relief efforts, Madelinetosh will donate 25% of sales from their “To Australia, With Love” yarn, in bold blue, green and brown colors of planet Earth. This limited color is available in Tosh Merino Light, a superwash merino fingering weight, and Pashmina, a sport weight in superwash merino, silk, and cashmere and is a perfect match with Melanie Berg’s “Caress My Soul” shawl pattern with 50% of her sales going to her charities of choice, New South Wales Rural Fire Service and the Victorian Country Fire Authorities.
“The news and imagery of the devastation in Australia is shocking and heartbreaking. It is about doing something, anything we can...now. Our friend, Melanie Berg didn’t hesitate for one second to donate proceeds from one of her patterns to help. I am so grateful for our giving maker community. There are so many organizations out there that need help, I wish we could support them all.” says Laura Zander, CEO of Madelinetosh.
Madelinetosh “To Australia, With Love” yarn is available in Tosh Merino Light, $28.50 per skein and in Pashmina $37 per skein at www.madelinetosh.com. Melanie Berg’s Caress My Soul pattern is available for purchase on at www.Ravelry.com with proceeds going to her selected charities until January 19th.
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