August already?

Summer is supposed to be the quietest time of the year for yarn shops, but we’re delighted that here at GYI it is anything but.  Fall yarns from orders placed months ago have started to arrive, including Link from Berroco and the US#35 and 50 needles it calls for.  New hand paint shades of Classic Elite Silky Alpaca Lace are in, as are cheery new solid and paint colorways of one of our favorites, CEY Liberty Wool.  The Ravellenic Games are in full swing over on Ravelry, and several members of Team GYI who are participating in our Baby Surprise Jacket knit-along have already finished their projects with a week to spare.  This past Saturday we welcomed Carol Sulcoski back to the shop and watched her beautiful Black Bunny Fibers yarns get snapped up, one right after another.  (Carol has promised to return in early December, so if you missed her visit, you can catch up with more yummy BBF in the fall.)  A couple of yarn sales representatives stopped by last week, and we were able to fill baskets with superb Schaefer and Feza yarns to tempt you while we await the arrival of the orders they wrote for Artyarns, Blue Heron, Holiday, and Shalimar.  All seven bright crayon colors of Jul resin pedestal buttons have arrived, and we’re having loads of fun mixing and stacking them.  New patterns are in, and a few more skeins of everybody’s favorite sock yarn, Jitterbug from Colinette, in “velvet” tonal shades.  We may need a vacation from summer vacation!

Clearly, it’s also been a busy summer of stitching for a lot of people – many, many FOs to share.  Before tackling her own BSJ for the Ravellenic Games, Jill cleared two projects from her knitting basket; the first was Aranami by Olgajazzy. Although our kits of white-to-black CEY Fresco sold out quickly, Fibre Company’s Road to China Light would be another great choice for this shawl if you’d like to play with color.

Her second FO was a Tiny Tea Leaves Cardigan for her granddaughter.  I love this yarn.  Maybe it will make you think of confetti or sprinkles, a.k.a. “jimmies.”  It reminds me of Pop Rocks – remember Pop Rocks?

Speaking of sweets, Janet made the sweetest hat and mitten set for another lucky little one.  She chose peppermint pink and a whipped cream white Classic Elite Liberty Wool for this tiny treat.

Grown-up little girls will love Marcia’s Be Still My Beating Heart Capelet, designed by Ashley Fay from the book Vampire Knits.  The twisted stockinette stitch fabric has a row of eyelet hearts at the hem – a very happy ending.

Just yesterday, Marcia sent us this incredible photo below of her completed Vostok.  Try clicking on the photo to enlarge it; the knitting is amazing! This pattern, by Beth Kling, and its Dream in Color Wisp lace weight yarn were the final March shipment of the 2012 Dream Club.  (If you’d like a subscription to the 2013 Dream Club to receive six spectacular shipments of exclusive or one-of-a-kind Dream in Color yarns with coordinated one-skein project patterns, let us know before August 17.)  Congratulations, Marcia, your Vostok is a beauty.

Another labor of love is this spectacular log cabin coverlet from Bonnie, proving that it is possible to knit a blanket in the summer.  Skein after skein of soft Cascade Cloud went into this charmer, photographed just before it was wrapped up and presented as a wedding gift, the colors chosen by the newlyweds themselves.  Will Bonnie ever knit another log cabin project?  Only time will tell.

Churchmouse Yarns & Teas recently debuted a new sport weight version of their Bias Before & After Scarf pattern Sally was ready to cast on with pretty pearl grey M&K Linen, which she says continues to get softer and slinkier with each wearing.  When she visited the shop I assumed it was a store-bought scarf, so I never even asked, “Did you make that?”  No wonder she’s smiling.

Molly’s B & A Scarf, made using the original lace weight pattern, appeared in the last post.  She kindly shared her photo of the scarf, neither B nor A but during blocking, when the magic really happens.  Since finishing it, she returned to another Churchmouse favorite, the Shoulder Cozy.  For this latest in her Shoulder Cozy series, she paired a pink and chocolate-y Kirameki, the Noro lace weight, with grass green CEY Pebbles.  Here it is, morphing from cowl to cozy, lovely from start to finish.

Catherine was the first to try a skein of Alp Exquisite, a hand-tied Italian ribbon yarn that we have only in limited supply.  She zipped through a cowl in one night, changing her stitch pattern whenever the yarns in Exquisite changed.  I’ve included a picture of the wound yarn, pre-knitting, so you can see the different textures and types of ribbon.  It’s easy to see she had fun with this project!


Janice loves entrelac knitting, and that comes through loud and clear in this Noro Kureyon scarf designed by Rosemary Drysdale.  The leaf lace pattern within each entrelac square really makes it unique.  Look for an entrelac class coming this fall so that you, too, can master this modular technique.


Wanting to end on a high note (sorry, I couldn’t resist), I saved this pair of fingerless gloves for last.  Janice knit these for a musical friend-of-a-friend, to which I say brava, Janice!


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