The Last and First FOs of the Year

As 2011 was winding down, Tina and her daughter visited the shop with not one, not two or three, but four FOs to share.  First up, her sizzling Gingko Shoulderette Shawl by Maggi Magali, knit in a hot chile pepper orange Cascade Heritage Sock.  This is going to be a fun one to wear.Tina cooled things down with her next FO, Emily Kausalik’s A Noble Cowl in Cascade’s Eco Duo, an alpaca/wool blend with a yummy soft hand.  Isnt this a classic pairing of yarn with pattern? The color shading adds movement and contrast but not enough to detract from the elegant lace pattern.Here’s Tina’s Shalom Cardigan by Meghan McFarlane, in a heathery Eco+ Wool, also from Cascade. Ravelry lists over 5000 projects for this design, and it’s not hard to see why. (Double-click on the photo to see the nifty button Tina chose!)Finally, here modeled by the FO Tina’s probably most proud of, a chic Bryn Mawr Skirt, designed by Nancy Eiseman, in Cascade’s Eco+ Wool. Doesn’t she look like she knows she’s a lucky girl to have such a creative and talented mom?

 

Joanne worked her Citron, above, in JaggerSpun Zephyr Wool-Silk 2/18, a very long name for this delicate (and, in my opinion, perfect) lace weight yarn.  She knit in tiny pearl beads at the hem for a polished finish. Beautiful, Joanne!

The New Year got off to a luxurious start with the arrival of Cheryl’s finished Sandra Cowl, a free pattern from Tahki Stacy Charles, this sumptuous chenille yarn’s manufacturer. This is definitely a “because I deserve it” project. And don’t we all?

Awhile ago, Cheryl showed us a darling framed photo collage that had been made from portraits of her grandson.  It included this adorable shot of him cuddled up in the blanket she’d made for him using our Baby Blocks Blanket shop pattern.  I just had to snap a shot and grabbed my phone (and promptly forgot I hadn’t used my regular camera, which explains the “awhile ago”) but, boy, is this face worth the wait. Smiles like this are why we make baby blankets in the first place.

Julia used two skeins of Bamboo Bloom to make her jazzy ribbed scarf a little longer, which means twice the pop of color, just what January needs. Another example of a simple pattern that gives an energetic, center stage yarn the chance to really shine.

Something else January needs is a Gosh Yarn It! class calendar. I promise that it will be in the very next post. Watch this space!

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One response to “The Last and First FOs of the Year

  1. As usual an excellent job!

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