The gallery is open, Part 3

As promised, here is the third and final installment of my “gallery” series, and this time I have shop samples to share.  They were created to showcase yarns and patterns we love here in the shop. First up is an oldie but a goodie, a pattern I created last fall, Cowl of Many Colors. It doesn’t matter whether we create a kit of all new yarns or build a palette on one or two yarns a customer might bring in from her stash, choosing the colors always takes me back to unwrapping a brand new big box of 64 crayons.

It’s long enough to wear wrapped twice, above, or twisted just once, below.

A pattern that plays well with all self-shading yarns is the Short Row Multi-directional Scarf by Ann Norling.  So far, I’ve made it twice, once with two skeins of bulky (here, in Noro Iro) and again with one skein of Cascade Eco Duo, below.  With the new Cascade Casablanca on the way, I know I’ll be casting on again!

Organik by Fibre Company is one of my favorites. It’s a worsted weight blend of organic merino, alpaca, and silk, and not your typical single ply.  In the hand it is both soft, smooth, and durable.  It’s one of the cover knits on Coastal Knits by Hannah Fettig and Alana Dakos (in stock at GYI).  Here it is in Just Enough Ruffles, one of our top-selling patterns.  I might have gone a bit overboard during its portrait session.  Presenting eight ways to wear Just Enough Ruffles:

Jill took 2 balls of Mochi+ and whipped up this little charmer, Shizuku by Angela Tong, a free download on Ravelry.

Bonnie was kind enough to create the sample for our Squiggle Scarf, a versatile is-it-a-shawl-or-is-it-a-scarf? pattern that’s free with your purchase of yarn. Here she used Colinette’s Parisienne, a hand-dyed mohair lace weight, and Bahia, a slinky DK synthetic.

Wool Bamboo from Classic Elite was my first choice for the Kudzu Shawlette.

 

The shape is neither triangular nor rectangular, more “curvilinear” – just what you’d expect from a free-spirited plant such as the kudzu vine.  It was fun, and it went fast; three small charts, and you’re done. (It has written directions, too.)

The mesh scarf below is a free-spirited knit – just grab a gorgeous yarn like Manos del Uruguay Wool Clasica, pick up your needles, cast on, and begin working K2tog, YO. How easy is that?

Neither Jill nor I can take credit for this next one (we got it from the nice folks at Tahki) but the Myrtle Pullover is the first of many sweaters you’re bound to see at the shop made from Ripple, Tahki’s insanely popular mercerized cotton yarn.  (You’ll see the pattern here, too.)  Ripple debuted last year, and it just gets hotter and hotter.  At TNNA we spotted Julie Weisenberger from Cocoknits wearing her newest design, Anna, a very contemporary tunic knit in Ripple on US #11s that was a stunner.  The pattern is on its way to the shop, and you may spot a slight Ripple Family resemblance; Anna looks a bit like Myrtle’s big sister…

Gina is another of our talented sample knitters.  She knit the Sea Lavender Tank from Knit One Crochet Too in their Nautika worsted for us. Maude’s really working this one!

Recognize this next one?  Yup, it’s Ishbel by Ysolda Teague, another of our bestselling patterns, and the first shop sample I knit.  I’m including it here because it’s been around so long I think it’s become as familiar as our big needles and our wooden work table and deserves a fresh look.  I used neither the lace nor the fingering the pattern called for, but picked SWTC Terra, a light and soft bamboo/cotton sport weight, instead.

Stephen West’s Urbana is a keyhole scarf shaped like a tilde.  Jill knew it would be the perfect project to show off Mountain Goat from Mountain Colors, a 55% mohair/45% wool that’s 100% luscious.  She used it for the body of the scarf and a bit of Classic Alpaca for the knitted-on I-cord.

The last sample is also the newest.  Jill knit Noro Silk Garden Sock into the Bermuda Scarf, an Ilga Leja pattern that we’ve been selling several times a week through Ravelry In-Store Sales ever since Maude showed up wearing it.

With our supply of that yarn exhausted, we were delighted to find a self-shading fingering we liked even better, M&K Fame Trend.  Our Zauberball would be another great choice.  So that’s it.  More customer FOs are on the way, along with a brief recap of our recent trip to the TNNA trade show in Columbus, Ohio, searching for more yarns you’ll love!

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