The gallery is open, Part 2

Shawls were featured in Part 1 of this two-fer (maybe three-fer) post.  Before getting to the FOs, I want to share the pieces from our recent Shibui Knits Trunk Show with you, since I know not everyone can always make it in to the shop.  The show included nine pieces knit in Heichi, a 100% silk worsted mentioned numerous times here on the blog, thanks to its wonderfulness. It’s described by Shibui as “a fascinating blend of old and new. The rustic beauty of tweed has been paired with the traditional elegance of pure silk, all with a modern edge.”  All patterns appear in the Heichi booklet, right, which we carry.

Here is the simple scoop neck tee, Reflection, paired with a waterfall front vest, Shadow, which has nifty cable detailing at the side seams. Picture it over jeans and a turtleneck or dressed up with a long skirt and boots. Belt optional.

The elegant sideways-knit Echo cardigan has been blogged about before, at the end of this post.  Here is the designer Kristin Spurkland’s photo, right, alongside my shot of the sleek long tank/tunic Element by Sara Morris.

Element made a just-right bottom layer for a generous wrap called Ripple.

More clever design details were on view in Dusk, a v-neck pullover that could make me like v-necks again.  Shibui calls it a “boyfriend sweater.”

Maude wears Jill’s shop sample of the Trace tank in dark “Canal” blue, left.  Trace in “Fountain” from the Trunk Show is at right.

Umbra is a clever little shoulder bag, and Vortex, as slouch hats go, is quite trim.

   

And that was the Trunk Show!  Shibui yarns and designs are always so clean and intelligent. Look for more Shibui yarns and patterns at GYI in the future!  Now, time for more FOs.  I’ll start where I left off in the last post, with a shawl from Cheryl, this the much-loved Color Affection in madelinetosh merino light, with as much Vitamin C as orange juice.

Let’s stay on the bright side a little longer, shall we?

Bonnie socks it to you with Wunderkleckse, above left, and Zauberball, right, both by Schoppel-Wolle. Never a dull moment with these socks!  Bonnie also knit another by Bandwidth from Stephen West using Manos del Uruguay yarn, here graciously modeled by Jill.  A very eye-catching topper.  Is it time to tone it down but keep it cute?  Nothing better than Cheryl’s class project from our recent top down knitting class, #982 Neck Down Cardigan.

Love those buttons!  We hear it fits the lucky recipient perfectly, with some room to grow, too.  On the subject of little knits, how cute is this?

Stephanie displays her Sweet and Simple Baby Hat, a free pattern on Ravelry, guaranteed to fit for a long time – you just keep unrolling that rolled brim.

Sue fought the short rows in the Purl Soho free pattern Bandana Cowl, and Sue won. Having the Manos Wool Clasica in her posse didn’t hurt one little bit.

Joanne picked a springtime palette of Universal Yarn Cotton Supreme for the yoke of this cheery cardigan.  Since I’m used to seeing this yarn in wash cloths, toys, and children’s garments, it’s always a treat to see it in an adult garment.

Our Cascade sales representatives brought this version of the Churchmouse Easy Folded Poncho out of her bag and blew us away.  We promptly ordered Eco Alpaca yarn in just about all the twist colors available.  We also ordered more copies of the printed pattern from Churchmouse.  It’s that good!

The yarn is a DK weight 100% baby alpaca (translation: incredibly soft).  In the skein it only hints at the beautiful fabric it will become.  The shot below shows a different color yarn than was used in the poncho, but you get the idea.

Just as I thought, I need to write a Part 3 post – lots more shop samples to spotlight.  They’ll be appearing here shortly, along with our July & August class calendar.  Remember, it’s never too hot to stitch – you just need to find the right project!

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