08/30/17: Time for a sale!

With emails filling our inbox announcing, “Your order is ready to ship,” we need space on our shelves pronto for new fall yarns.

Save 30% on select yarns Wednesday, August 30 through Saturday, September 2.  Included in the sale are ALL Shibui yarns, Manos del Uruguay Maxima, SimpliCria from HiKoo, Tosh DK from madelinetosh, and more.

Ten new colors of Malabrigo Rios are in. It’s become one of our favorite worsted weight yarns; it should be one of yours. It was a no-brainer to re-stock Rios with its beautiful hand-dyed colors, so soft yet so durable. Now available, a pink that can probably be seen from space:

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Riding along in the same box with the Rios were ten shades of Malabrigo Silkpaca. It’s the latest addition to our growing Lace Department. Silkpaca is the classic, silky laceweight of a lace knitter’s dreams, 70% alpaca/30% silk, 420 yards/50g, $10.80. Wonder how you say “yummy” in Spanish.

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What’s with all the lace yarn, you might ask? Michelle Hunter’s newest book in her ‘Building’ Series, Building with Lace, has a lot to do with it! Watch for our fall class schedule to include a series based on the book as well as other lace-inspired classes.

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Ready for a teaser for one of our new fall yarns?

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We can hardly wait for Arranmore Light from The Fibre Co. to come through our door. This is an authentic Irish tweed DK with a luxurious difference; it’s a smooth, buttery blend of fine merino wool, cashmere, and silk. All 18 shades are coming. Arranmore Light makes its debut with two amazing pattern collections: Fell Garth II from The Fibre Co.’s home base in England and the Pop Collection from the design team at U.S. distributors Kelbourne Woolens. The designs were created to fit and flatter all body shapes, with a size range from (30-32) to (50-52).

Mark your calendar: Fell Garth II Trunk Show will be here September 7-16 and the Pop Collection Trunk Show follows September 21-30!

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Garments from Fell Garth II were on display at TNNA, and I couldn’t resist snapping some detail shots. Below, St. Bega Cowl atop Beckside; Dash Falls:

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North Row, St. Bega Mitts:

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Skiddaw, Rathbone:

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Arranmore Light knits up into comfortable fabric that’s light enough to drape but cozy enough for good stitch definition and easy 3-season wear. More Arranmore news in an upcoming post.

Also spotted at TNNA: Blue Sky Fibers’ new Woolstock 21-Color Mitts Kit. These will be available at GYI next week.

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The 21-Color Slouch Hat Kit was the runaway bestseller last winter. Don’t miss these mitts – call to reserve your kit. (Look at what else we spotted in the Blue Sky booth!)

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Your Finished Projects

Renee whipped up these divine Godiva Mitts* from Carolyn Kern in Shalimar Paulie held with Drizzle silk/mohair from Sugar Bush Yarns. (Paulie will be 10% off through August 31.)

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Brigid made her Kline* with Tosh Merino Light and a spectacular speckle yarn from her stash. The pattern was designed by Jennifer Dassau. A great pattern choice for that one special skein of fingering you don’t really know what to do with. Just pair with a complementary solid and off you go!

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Alice chose a raspberry pink Alegría for her Melodia* from designer Janina Kallio. So elegant in its simplicity.

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Note: All patterns marked with an asterisk (*) are available at Gosh Yarn It!

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08/26/17: Catching our breath.

Now that we’re back from a week’s vacation, I realize how busy we were right before the shop was shuttered. Lots of new things came in all at once. I’d like to revisit some of those recent arrivals, before summer winds down into Labor Day and the fall knitting season kicks off officially. So much more yarn and other good things are still on the way!

Unicorn Tails

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I adore Tosh Merino Light from madelinetosh. When I have it on my needles, I swear I could knit it forever. In my world, if a full skein (420 yards) is good, a 52 yard mini skein – a Unicorn Tail – is even better. So many colors! Did I spend too many hours of my childhood bent over the biggest box of Crayolas, wishing for even more colors? Maybe. While Madelinetosh is dyeing our fall order of Merino Light, all the shades of Tails are here now, ready for you to play mix & match for shawls, scarves, hats, and mitts.

I dug out three full-size skeins from my stash, added seven Tails (below) and am currently cruising through a Match & Move from designer Martina Behm – and I do mean cruising because the first half of the shawl is the same easy row repeated over and over.

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Vintage Chunky
Berroco’s Vintage in worsted weight is our best-selling yarn. Now we have it in Chunky, too! Grab your US 10s and 11s, your crochet hooks in size J or larger. Our newest shop sample is Old Shale Waves from designer Carrolldj, an easy knit and easy-care baby blanket/throw in Vintage Chunky.

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Modern Cotton Worsted
Could this be the perfect non-wool yarn? After using it for my Guernsey Baby Blanket, it gets my vote. Sure, there are other contenders (I’m looking at you, Berroco Remix), but this cotton/rayon blend is just delightful – smooth, shiny, soft, and cool. New colors are now in stock.

We love it for wraps and blankets; in the last post I suggested the Chevron Baby Blanket from Espace Tricot, and our shop sample is on the needles now in a palette of cool neutrals. I gravitate to bold, contemporary patterns for little ones, so Colorful Wedges Baby Blanket (below) from Purl Soho is another favorite of mine. Want something more traditional? Leafy Baby Blanket from Leyla Alieva would become a family heirloom in Modern Cotton. Remember, it can go anywhere a worsted weight yarn can go, so use it for 3-season sweaters and shawls, too.

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Interweave Knits Fall 2017
This issue has been heavily criticized on Ravelry for the way garments were photographed – dark sweaters against even darker backgrounds. I agree; what were they thinking? But let’s focus on the designs themselves because there are some real winners. The Angelina Pullover by May Anne Benedetto is full of clever, attractive details, albeit hard to see in the photo. We just re-stocked Malabrigo Rios – you heard it here first! – and also Berroco Ultra Wool, both great choices for Angelina.

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Cable lovers will fall for these two, Tangled Up in Gray Pullover by Sloane Rosenthal and Highway 61 Pullover by Jennifer Owens. Both call for US 5 and 7, so I’m eyeing the Rios and Ultra Wool again.

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Why is it so hard to find “manly” sweaters? This issue introduces some great ones. I can totally see a certain man in my life reaching again and again for his Whiskey Creek Pullover from Amy Christoffers if I were to make it in Berroco Remix. Hank’s Pullover from Jessie McKitrick would also be a hit in Fibre Company Arranmore Light, which is due in any day now – you heard it here first!

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Shalimar Yarn Paulie
Let’s not forget our August Summer of Luxury yarn! Save 10% on Paulie through next week. All 20 colors of this merino/camel/silk/cashmere beauty are still available – just. Two more patterns from the Interweave Knits fall issue are very Paulie-friendly: The Gold Rush Shawl by Meghan Jones and the Whitman Hat by Carrie McGowan.

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Manos del Uruguay Alegria
If you’ve already fallen under the spell of this yarn, ‘nough said. If not, what are you waiting for? This hand-dyed fingering comes semi-solid, variegated, or speckled. It’s strong enough for socks (thank you, 25% nylon) yet super soft (thank you, 75% merino). Check out Alice’s Melodia, below, to see why this yarn was named “joy.”

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Your FOs
Gina has Diane Soucy’s Knitting Pure and Simple #214 Baby Pullover* memorized. It’s her go-to baby gift and easy to see why. This little cutie was made with Cascade 220 SW Sport.

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Mary posed wearing Shireen Nadir’s The Man-Slouch about two minutes after weaving in the last tail of yarn. Congratulations! (I think we need a bell in the shop to ring whenever someone finishes a project.) Her yarn is Cascade Heritage 150 Paints.

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And here is Alice’s beautiful Melodia* in Alegria from Manos del Uruguay.

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Note: Patterns marked with an asterisk (*) are available at Gosh Yarn It!

08/08/17: Start your engines.

The fall stitching season is starting earlier than usual this year. (Perhaps it’s our un-summery weather?) But no complaints! With more and more customers coming in ready to start on new projects, it’s a good thing we have lots of new yarns, old favorites, and more on the way to get you all going.

Our August Summer of Luxury featured yarn is just what a lot of folks seem to be looking for, Paulie from Shalimar Yarns.

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We have 20 hand-dyed colors of this very special fingering weight blend of 60% merino wool, 20% camel, 10% cashmere, and 10% silk. Save 10% throughout August. 420 yards/$34.

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Above, Jill’s Paulie Cowl* and below, the Pauline’s Colour Play shawl*. Both were designed by Lisa Hannes for Paulie, and three skeins will make both cowl and shawl. Mosaic knitting creates the colorwork patterns with simple slipped stitches.

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Carolyn Kern has a new design that we think would be ideal for Paulie, her chic Godiva Mitts*. The pretty Aran-style stitch pattern effortlessly creates a perfect fit. One skein would make two pairs. If you haven’t indulged yet this summer, make Paulie that little luxurious treat you know you deserve!

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What else is new in the shop since the last post? Just the most dreamy blend of 55% Bluefaced Leicester wool and 45% silk, Gleem Lace from Fyberspates. 874 yards/100g/$29. Some colors can be combined to “fade”…

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…and some would be happy all on their own. Either way, this yarn positively glows.

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And Alegria lovers, we heard you! This popular hand-dyed sock yarn is back in both semi-solids, wild variegated, and speckled colorways.

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Yours truly with an armload of Alegria as it is shipped to us, ready to be twisted up into hanks that we can hang on our fingering yarn wall.

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But wait, there’s more! Unicorn Tails in all 26 colors are here. There are 14 new shades for Fall 2017, including Death by Elocution (far left) and Brass (far right). These sweet little twists of 52 yards of madelinetosh merino light are just $6 each and the yarn equivalent of candy at the check-out counter. Grab a few and have some fun.

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Add some Tails to a fingering weight project for pops of color. Although Alice’s beautiful crimson Herald* was worked in a solid color, this Janina Kallio pattern is a good one for knitting in gradient shades or random stripes or sections of colors.

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Giant boxes arrived last week from Berroco, filled with re-stocks of both Modern Cotton and Ultra Wool. We now have plenty of Modern Cotton color choices for sweet baby blankets like the Chevron Baby Blanket from Espace Tricot. We’ll be happy to kit the project for you.

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And look at all these colors of Ultra Wool, too!

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Berroco sent a sample of Shannon Cook’s Cavilleri Cowl* from their latest pattern collection exclusively for Ultra Wool, Portfolio, Vol. 4. There are 15 designs from 12 designers, including Thea Colman, Julia Farwell-Clay, and ÅsaTricosa. All can be purchased individually at the shop.

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Here’s how Berroco styles the Cavilleri Cowl, along with a matching Cavilleri Hat.

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There are several sweaters, a poncho, mitts, even socks. You can see the whole collection here.

These just-for-fun totes come from Gleener – the Cool Cat, Owl, and Chihuahua Bags. They are 100% cotton canvas, 16 x 14″, and roomy enough even for larger stitching projects, books, groceries, you name it. Hand silk-screened with embroidered details.

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There are new customer FOs to share, too. Marsha’s classic shawl is in Shibui Staccato.

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Bonnie’s socks combine Opal and Regia yarns for a jazzy, fun pair.

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Below, To Eyre* from designer Carol Sunday. The knitter (who wishes to remain anonymous) said she loved how her shawl turned out in madelinetosh Vintage.

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I’m another fan of madelinetosh and used her tosh dk for a Flax sweater in a child’s size 4-6. I changed the garter stitch panel on the sleeve to a cable. For the doll-size version, I used Cascade 220 Superwash Sport and US 4s and 6s with the 6-12 month size of the pattern.

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The shop sample for Fino, our July featured yarn from Manos del Uruguay, is Helen Stewart’s Pebble Beach Shawl*. The pattern is written for three sizes, and ours turned out to be a very small Small, using only three of the mini skeins and perhaps 25 yards of a fourth. At any size, Pebble Beach would be lovely in either Paulie, Alegria, or Gleem.

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Note: Patterns marked with an asterisk (*) are available at Gosh Yarn It!

 

 

07/17/17: New stock and re-stock.

Do you love silk/mohair yarn as much as we do? Then you’ll love our new Sugarbush Drizzle in over a dozen useful shades. Use alone or hold with other yarns to give your stitching that unique soft mohair halo. Even the price is nice, 219 yards for under $10.

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Sometimes the primary colors of a yarn sell out quickly, sometimes the neutrals. With the Alpaca Yarn Co. Classic Alpaca, it was the natural “Alpaca-colored” shades that disappeared from our shelves first. Now they’re back beside all the fun, crayon brights of our favorite 100% baby alpaca DK weight. Another yarn under $10.

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New shades of Malabrigo Lace have also arrived. We had to have more! Price-wise, we’re 3 for 3; Lace is just $8.80 for 470 yards of oh-so-squishy merino lace weight yarn.

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Our shop sample of Gina Bonomo’s Alla Moda scarf demonstrates that lace weight doesn’t have to mean lace knitting. Grab a US 6 needle and knit stockinette, alternating colors every row. How easy is that?

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We used Glazed Carrot and Fucsia (sic), which made an entirely new shade of wow.

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Yes, our new Trendsetter Transitions yarn has been featured in one of our emails, on our Facebook and Instagram feeds, and on our Ravelry group discussion threads. What can we say? We just can’t get enough of it.

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It comes in 660 yard ombré wheels (Transitions) or 880 yard color blending wheels (Transitions Smoothies) in nifty pull-out packaging. There are several free patterns you can choose from with purchase, such as the Striped Rib Triangle Shawl* below.

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Here are some Transitions Smoothies samples we saw in the Trendsetter booth at the recent trade show, and the pattern will be available soon. Those colors!

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The Fibre Company also knows its way around the color wheel. Beautiful Luma, their new DK weight wool/cotton/linen/silk blend, can be subtle and subdued…07.17.17.18.jpg

…or not. Annie chose the shade Zinnia for her Luma Stone Point* poncho, and it is gorgeous. A true year-round yarn, this will be as wearable and comfortable on chilly autumn days as cool summer evenings.

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Alice picked silvery grey and pure white Solo Lino for her Calva Dorsa from Diane Malinowski. The pattern uses slipped stitches to blend the colors. We’d already re-stocked some of the colors of Lana Grossa Solo Lino before seeing this charmer, and are we glad we did! We know Alice’s will inspire other knitters to make their own Calva Dorsa in Solo Lino. Like Luma, Solo Lino (100% linen, but you’d never know it) is comfortable and chic all year long.

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Tina finished this über-adorable Mabel from Fiona Alice in Blue Sky Fibers Woolstok. Pattern is free on Ravelry.

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ravelrylogo81r_20140401_144342_20140401_144344Speaking of Ravelry, you are planning to attend Stephanie Hogan’s Ravelry Roundtable on Saturday, July 22, 2:30-3:30 p.m., right? Stephanie is our very own Ravelry Guru, and she returns for another of her popular Ravelry FAQ sessions. She’ll introduce you to some of the site’s newer features and answer your questions about getting the most out of Ravelry.com. If you knit or crochet, you should know Ravelry! Bring your laptop, tablet, or smartphone, ready to login. The event is free, but seating is limited. Please call to let us know you’re coming, 570-287-9999.

We just couldn’t say no to the Gleener when we spotted it at the trade show. It’s the ultimate fuzz remover. It can be used to renew and refresh everything from your favorite sweater (hand knit or not) to the cushion on a child’s car seat – anywhere that those icky pills pop up. Blankets, socks, slacks, upholstery, you name it. Stop by the shop for a demo of the original Gleener. There’s even a Gleener On the Go travel size, perfect to stash in your car or desk, and a FURniture brush attachment for – you guessed it – pet hair. Your days of buying sticky rollers are over!

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The last word goes to Cardiff Cashmere Classic, our June Summer of Luxury yarn. It may be July, but we still have several shades of this enticing yarn left in store. Come in and grab some before it’s all gone. One ball makes these Lace Back Fingerless Gloves* from Churchmouse.

 

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Note: Patterns marked with an asterisk (*) are available at Gosh Yarn It!

 

07/06/17: July is for stitching!

Four things we want you to know:

First, Fino is our featured July Summer of Luxury yarn, on sale 10% off throughout July. Imagine the softest merino fingering weight yarn that’s ever passed through your fingers, imagine it 10x softer and with the shimmer of silk and you’ll have Fino. We opened the box, and this is what was waiting inside. Couldn’t you just dive in?

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Manos del Uruguay, the distributors of Fino, have just introduced mini-skein bundles of Fino, 490 yards in all, and we have all seven Victorian-themed colorways. As if this one, Augusta, wasn’t gorgeous enough…

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…there are six more, Clarissa, Beatrix, Dorothea

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Eleanor, Flora, and Georgiana.

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Manos also has debuted three new free patterns that call for the mini-skeins plus one full-size skein, which we also have in stock.

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Above, Charnley Scarf, Rings of Rings Cowl, and Incremento Shawl. Copies of the patterns are free with purchase.

Join us for a free FINO MEET & GREET on Saturday, July 8, 2-4 p.m. To sample the yarn, bring US 4-7 needles or G-H hooks.

Fino is not only beautiful, it’s yarn that does good in the world. Manos del Uruguay is a non-profit organization that supports cooperatives of artisans (mostly women) throughout Uruguay that hand spin and dye yarn. So every skein you buy helps support a family!

 


 

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Second, back by popular demand, Stephanie Hogan, our Ravelry Guru, will lead a RAVELRY ROUNDTABLE on Saturday, July 22, 2:30-3:30 p.m.

This is a free event. Come with questions and your tablet, laptop, or smartphone, ready to log into Ravelry.com.

You’ll learn how to get the most out of this amazing site, definitely the best resource for knitters and crocheters on the web. Ravelry is always adding clever, new things to the site – one of the things we love about it! – and Stephanie will be able to take us on a tour of the basic and enhanced features.


 

Third, new needles! We now carry Chiao Goo Bamboo SPIN interchangeables. They’re made of the strongest bamboo on the planet with sharp, fast tips. The join is secure and smooth. And the flexible nylon cables spin around in their ends, eliminating the dreaded cord kink. What’s not to love?

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And, finally, fourth, have we mentioned lately how what amazing knitters and crocheters you all are lately? Yes, it’s time for your FOs!

Here are Joanne’s socks made with Holiday Yarn. Love the contrast heels and toes and the stripes that match.

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And here are Catherine’s socks made with Regia Arne & Carlos. More matching pairs. My hat’s off to anyone who can make their socks match!

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Joan’s chose Berroco Modern Cotton for her Herald* from Woolenberry – a great example of a pattern written for a fingering weight being upsized to a larger yarn and needle, taking on an entirely new look. What a perfect summer shawl.

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Joan gave Lynn di Cristina’s Edison* shawl a completely original twist, too, with our June featured yarn, Cardiff Cashmere Classic.

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Bonnie’s Cashmere Classic project was the Snowlynn* Hat by Heidi May. Like Joan’s Edison, it is beyond luxurious.

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Joanne is not just a sock knitter. Her adorable Baa-ble Hat* is in Berroco Ultra Wool. The designer is Donna Smith. The sweet little heart hat is Sirdar Snuggly. (I’ll need to find out the pattern name.)

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More pink cuteness, Paulette’s dress comes from Crochet Fantasy magazine. It’s called the Pink Frills Dress. The ruffly diaper cover is her own creation; her yarn is Modern Cotton.

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Gina is our Woolstok Whisperer. It was her choice for this spectacular Timber cardigan from Within: Knitting Patterns to Warm the Soul by Shannon Cook and Jane Richmond.

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Note: All patterns marked with and asterisk (*) are available at Gosh Yarn It!

06/01/17: 100% Cashmere. Cashmere!

We’re so excited to present our June selection for Camp GYI’s Summer of Luxury…

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Cardiff Cashmere Classic is a 100% cashmere DK weight yarn from Biella, Italy. We have ten – 10! – colors in stock. It is AMAZING.

Sample it yourself at our Summer of Luxury Yarn Tasting this Saturday, June 3rd, 2:00-4:00 p.m. (Sample one of our tasty watermelon coolers, too.)

This year at Camp GYI, there are no camp projects to sign up for, no required purchases, no deadlines. Just beautiful, beautiful yarn. Treat yourself to some of the world’s finest fibers and save 10% on each yarn all month long.

I have Cashmere Classic on my needles right now for a pair of Lace-Back Fingerless Gloves* from Churchmouse, and it is absolute heaven to work with.

*Take a class for beginning lace knitting using the Lace-Back Fingerless Gloves pattern. Saturday, June 24th, 2:00-4:00 p.m., $30. Call to register soon!

 

 

 

05/29/17: Come glamping with us.

Customers have been asking, “Are you doing Camp GYI this summer?” Better! We’re going glamping!

palm tree hammockCamping + glamour = glamping!

Looking ahead to a fifth season of summer camp, we knew Camp GYI was ready for a fresh, updated look, and the idea for a Summer of Luxury was born. This June, July, and August, we will feature three new sumptuous yarns – all indulgent treats for your needles and hooks.

Pamper yourself with the world’s finest fibers and work with these beautiful yarns on relaxing, easy projects. We’ll start each month with a yarn tasting. You’ll meet that month’s yarn while sipping a summer cooler and seeing a “fashion show” of pattern ideas. Watch your email inbox for the first “reveal” on June 1 and join us on Saturday, June 3, 2:00-4:00 p.m. for June’s Summer of Luxury Yarn Tasting.


I usually debut a new shop sample only after it’s finished, but here’s one that is just too beautiful to wait! Two skeins of Malabrigo Lace are all you need. Yes, I said “lace,” but it’s knit on US 6/4mm needles in easy stockinette, perfect for an adventurous beginner. The result is a spectacularly soft fabric, as light as air. The entire project comes in for under $20, and Gina Bonomo’s Alla Moda pattern is free.

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Wanda created more gorgeous fabric with some of the last of our Shibui Linen. The free pattern is Summer Poncho by Susan Whitmore. Stunning! There’s a bit of Linen left, and it’s still on sale – buy 1/get 1 half-price – if you’d like to make a Summer Poncho like Wanda’s for yourself. (Other yarn options might be Fibre Company Luma or Berroco Modern Cotton for a slightly cozier cover-up.)

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With Alice’s pairing of solid royal purple with a variegated (both Alegria from Manos del Uruguay), Stephen West’s Dotted Rays* has never looked so regal.

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So many ways to wear this beauty.

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Recently, we had a bit of a sock population explosion. Now it’s the hats’ turn. Peggy used our shop pattern Which Way Hat* and Berroco Vintage. Would you believe this is her very first hat and only her second FO ever? Not a stitch out of place!

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Another first that doesn’t look it: Karen’s Regular Guy Beanie by Chuck Wright in Woolstok from Blue Sky Fibers. Both Karen and Peggy can be very proud of their “firsts” and we look forward to seeing many more from each!

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Joanne’s an avid and accomplished hat knitter, always up for a new challenge. She made quick work of the Origami Top Hat* from Lori Versaci.

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And she made this cool striped ribbed beanie with leftovers of Berroco Ultra Alpaca.

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Hats just might be the #1 summer take-along project. They’re fast and portable and stack up quickly for gift-giving season. What’s your favorite hat pattern?

Note: Patterns marked with an asterisk (*) are available at Gosh Yarn It!