First FOs of Spring.

Update: Gosh Yarn It! is now participating in the Ravelry In-Store Sales Program, which means that our selection of knitting and crochet patterns has just grown by over 4300. The sweaters and skirt featured in the previous post, Knoll, Pinnacle, and Alpine Meadow, for instance, can now be purchased through us and printed at the shop for the same price as you would pay to download them yourself at home (or at the office, perhaps?).  Ravelry will send you an email with a link to download the pattern onto your own computer, and the pattern will be stored in your permanent Ravelry Library. So when you see “buy in-store” as an option for purchasing a pattern download, please think of us!

Jennifer chose the bamboo/cotton/acrylic Tropik from Järbo Garn for this magnificent crocheted shawl. If you can stop admiring the lacy ruffle and stunning pattern for a moment, just look at the elegant drape the bamboo in the yarn gives the finished piece. When evening breezes turn a bit too breezy this summer, I’m going to wish I had a wrap like this one.

Ann Marie knit the Holden Shawlette, a free pattern on Ravelry, with some of the last yarn we had in stock from Pagewood Farms.  After seeing this beauty, I’m thinking we may need to get some more.

Another pretty shawlette arrived with Molly, the Coquille Shawl, a free pattern from Knitty.com (errata available, here on Ravelry.com).  The yarn is Noro Kirameki, a lace weight that was an ideal choice for this very delicate pattern.

Molly also shared her dainty Ice Queen, another free Knitty.com pattern.  Worn as a cowl around the neck or pulled up over head as a “smoke ring,” it is absolutely weightless and absolutely breathtaking.

Can you see the beads sparkle?  Those little glints of iridescence are difficult to catch on camera.  If you’re lucky you’ll catch Molly wearing her Ice Queen next winter!

When you enjoy a project, why not make another? That’s what Molly did with this free pattern from Cascade, last seen in a November post in dark smoky grey Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran.  Here it is again, every bit as handsome as its predecessor, in the same yarn in a color called “Stone.”

On the subject of scarves, a recent class at the shop featured the pattern Short Row Multi-directional Scarf by Ann Norling.  Here is Martha’s finished scarf in a blue Noro Iro, and Mary Lou’s in orange.  Both are so bright and cushy that I almost wish for just one last snowfall…

Once Joanne had made her Bubble Wrap Cowl, she thought she’d like some fingerless gloves to match. No pattern? No problem. She figured one out for herself!  Now, how can I get her to make a pair for meeeeeeee?

Joanne found the pattern for her fun Faux Cabled Hat in a magazine and chose Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran in the purplest purple we had.  Donna made the ever-popular Potato Chip Scarf with tropical green Classic Elite Firefly, an inspired choice for a light, summer weight accessory scarf. And, yes, even we have free instructions for this “bet-you-can’t-make-just-one” pattern.

Debbie made this chic modern blanket for her first grandchild with Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran and the Garter Blocks Baby Blanket pattern from Churchmouse Yarns, available as a printed pattern at the shop.  The pink border was added only after she knew for sure it didn’t need to be blue.

Finally, here is Cheryl’s latest masterpiece: Swallowtail Shawl by Evelyn Clark in the incomparable Handmaiden Double Sea.  Simply. Gorgeous.  Brava, Cheryl.

I want to close with a shameless plug for our upcoming bus trip to the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival on Saturday, May 5th.  We will start calling those who have already signed up at the shop after April 1 to confirm reservations.  If you want to join us for this happy day among fellow yarn and fiber lovers (and lots and lots of sheep), call or stop in soon to secure your $55 seat.  We welcome spouses and significant (adult) others, too!

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