A lack of blogging on my part does not mean there’s been any lack of FOs. Quite the contrary. It’s just that while Jill and I have been meeting with yarn company representatives in the last few weeks and preparing for this weekend’s trade show, creating our “menu” for the fall/winter yarns that Gosh Yarn It! will be offering you over the next few months, I haven’t been able to do much more than take pictures when FOs came to visit. Happily, the FO gallery is open again.
First up is Mary Beth’s exquisite Citron in Filatura di Crosa Nirvana, an aptly-named lace weight 100% merino wool. You may recall seeing another of her Citrons, here. I love it when a pattern is so good you want to make it over and over. Mary Beth must, too! (Thank you, Mary Beth, for sending the photo.)
Speaking of repeatables, Molly has made a small cottage industry of producing the most delectable Shoulder Cozies, using one of our favorite patterns from Churchmouse Yarns & Teas. Why the Cozy love? Simple – it’s a cowl; it’s a capelet; it’s an infinity scarf; and it’s so easy to knit. In Molly’s talented hands, it’s also a showcase for beautifully blended textures and colors. With mohair/silks (such as our Debbie Bliss Angel, Knit One Crochet Too Douceur et Soie, or sparkly S. Charles Collezione Luna and Ritratto) mixed with cotton or linen yarns (Louet Euroflax Sport, Summer Tweed, Classic Elite Pebbles), even a luminous seaglass green Regia Kaffe Fassett wool fingering, she created these spectacular variations on a theme.
All are soft, light, and, yes, cozy. We can only hope more are on the way! Our Shoulder Cozy shop sample is made of 100% raw silk Heichi from Shibui Knits and Angel; below it goes from poncho to loop scarf and back again.
One more pretty from Molly and Churchmouse, the Bias Mohair Loop, one more that can go from cowl to scarf to wrap in the blink of an eye. Here Molly used Colinette Parisienne, a hand dyed mohair blend that makes this loop weightless in a color that really turned up the “wow” factor.
We can stay above the waist for awhile, thanks to the shawls and wraps that are great projects regardless of season. Wanda took another simple design and made it shine with Louet Gems Sport. Here is her One Row Lace Scarf, a free pattern.
Joanne chose Cascade’s Heritage Paints fingering in the color “David’s Eyes” for a romantic shawl pattern that she found in one of her magazines. She said she loved working every stitch with the Heritage, so it’s a good thing that we received a big box from Cascade just yesterday, filled with new colors of solids and paints.
(Did you know you can click on any photograph to enlarge it? This one really deserves a closer look.)
Kelly used a hand painted Dream in Color Smooshy with Cashmere (yes! more is on order!) for her Gingko Shoulderette Shawl, another freebie on Ravelry. This exclusive colorway, from the Dream in Color 2012 Dream Club, suits Gingko perfectly and vice versa, I’d say.
Kelly, another whose knitting productivity may be headed for the Guiness Book of World Records, also shared her Maluka with us. It is worked in the same Nirvana as Mary Beth’s Citron, above, but Kelly held the yarn double. The pattern and the black yarn make this one doubly dramatic.
Linda will use commercially produced yarn rather than her own handspun on occasion. One such yarn that meets with her approval (and everyone else’s) is Artyarns Silk Rhapsody. Take a stunning yarn and an easy-peasy pattern that lets it shine (our free shop pattern, Grand Trefoil Scarf) and voilà!
That’s one with a lot of star power. Another show stopper is Cheryl’s Hanami Stole by Melanie Gibbons, available as a download in the shop. I have adored this asymmetrical pattern since putting it on my list of favorites on Ravelry three years ago. After seeing Cheryl’s, it’s heading to the top of my must-knit-now list. As the designer’s notes explain:
Hanami is the Japanese word used for traditional cherry blossom viewing activities… one side has a beaded cast on and a basket weave lace pattern inspired by a traditional Sashiko, or Japanese quilting design. The second half of the stole is dedicated to cherry blossoms blowing in the wind. This end is finished with a simple ruffle.
The yarn was another Dream Club exclusive, a 50% silk/50% merino lace weight that arrived in whopping 1100 yard hanks. (Since this is the second Dream Club project mentioned, I should add that a Dream Club 2013 is on the way with sign-ups in August.) Cheryl’s Hanami in a color called “Crying Dove” wasn’t exactly easy to photograph; it’s even lovelier and more delicate in person, if that’s possible. I said it was a show stopper, so I will stop here with the promise of more FOs to display in Part 2, coming very, very soon.