Bumper Crop

So many completed projects to share!  Settle in, get comfy, and be inspired.  We’ll start with the parade of athletes – Ravellenic Games athletes, that is.  Seventeen stitchers joined Team GYI and challenged themselves to start and finish at least one project during the 17 days of the Summer Olympic Games in London.  At the same time, we launched our first monthly knit along with the classic Elizabeth Zimmerman’s Baby Surprise Jacket pattern, known simply as the “BSJ.”  We were delighted to see seven finished BSJs on the medal podium.  Since not all the FOs have visited the shop, I’d like to thank all the Ravelthetes whose pictures I “slurped” from their Ravelry project pages to be able to include them here.

BSJs up first.  Here are Bonnie’s (in blue, white, and green) and Catherine’s (in black and white).  They were made from the same size pattern, just one was worked in a bulky weight cotton (Classic Elite Sprout) on US 10s, yielding a child size sweater, and one in a worsted (Cascade Pacific) on US 8s to fit a toddler.  Gauge made all the difference.  That’s our Ravellenic Flame – a battery-operated candle – on the table nearby, which “burned” every day during the Games.

Jill added a hood to her BSJ in Dream in Color Classy.  Love the panda buttons.

Kathy used sock weight Colinette Jitterbug in “Oyster” and heart-shaped Lantern Moon red shell buttons for her infant size BSJ.  Joan’s was worked on US 5s in another soft neutral fingering yarn, this one a serene shade of Cascade Heritage 150 Paints.  Virginia’s hooded BSJ was another done with worsted weight, a bright Liberty Wool Print that’s very cheery.  Jeanne’s aran weight BSJ in Mochi+ “Spice Market,” another jazzy handpaint yarn, somehow eluded my camera.  I hope I’ll get another chance to snap it yet.  All these BSJs are so cute!

Grown-up sweaters medaled as well.  Karen made the lovely Falling Leaves Shell by Rosemary Drysdale in a celery green Tahki Cotton Classic.  Wanda used another Tahki yarn, Mia, with another Rosemary Drysdale pattern for her stunning #9 Cadman Eyelet Tank.

Catherine whipped up a top down V-neck of her own design out of Austermann Murano Lace, a DK weight.  You can do that when you’ve knit so many you know how to knit to fit your figure perfectly!  Check out the very pretty ribbing at the neckline.

Speaking of a perfect fit, you’ll be green with envy over Stephanie’s “Olive My Love,” a.k.a. Pebble Beach by Susan Mills.  A second Pebble Beach visited recently with the talented Mary Beth, also knit in CEY Sprout.  It was not entered in the Ravellenic Games, but I thought they really did belong together.

Shawl events in the Games were also popular.  Tina created another masterpiece, Miralda’s Triangular Shawl, by Nancy Bush. She used JaggerSpun Zephyr, my old love.  I just had to photograph the shawl with one edge held out so you could enjoy the intricate pattern and the superb stitching.  Yes, those are nupps outlining the diamond shapes.

Lauren made this handsome Monarch Shawl, a free pattern from Lost City Knits, with a cool aqua shade of Universal Yarns Dolce Merino. Her mom Janice bravely knit a blanket in August – an entrelac baby blanket with an edging of single crochet and reverse single crochet.  She used a perfect palette of Ella Rae Classic that reminds me of Jordan almonds.  What do you think?

Are you a Doctor Who fan?  Even if you’ve never heard of him, you’ll get a kick out of Virginia’s “Tardis Shawl” from Kate Atherley’s Knitty.com pattern Bigger on the Inside.  OK, so “Tardis” is a time machine/spacecraft that only looks like a blue London police box – very fitting for the London Olympics, no?  It’s bigger on the inside than the outside and originally came from the planet Gallifrey… oh, you’ll just have to watch the TV show!

Jane’s Ravellenic project was the Trixie Cowl that has some tricks of its own, including a clever way to fold it so that it looks like two cowls linked together. The designer, Dolin Bliss O’Shea, has made the pattern available through Ravelry In-Store Sales, so we’d be happy to print it for you at the shop.

Carolyn used her very own Jonna Cowl design, now part of the Quince & Co. pattern collection, and Louet Gems Sport yarn in Eggplant for her “Ravellenic Cowl to Keep.”  Don’t you just love that sawtooth edge?  Congratulations to Carolyn for being chosen as a Quince & Co. designer!

Joan also competed in the Games with a cowl in addition to her BSJ.  Below is her #40 Drawstring Cowl/Hat from the Cascade collection 60 More Quick Knits.  She used SWTC LLama LLuxury, so we know it’s going to be soft and warm for the lucky neck and/or head that gets to wear it.

Ellen made two Elisbeth Headbands with Rialto Aran, which allowed me to take one picture that showed both the top and sides of this pretty cabled ear warmer that I’ll be teaching again this fall, a stylish and quick introduction to cabling.  But Ellen didn’t stop with two headbands – oh, no.  She also made Jill’s Iro Shawl Collared Cowl and finished another cabling project, a pair of Kirsten Kapur Kelmscott socks, the 2012 mystery KAL.

Karen added two hats to her medal total that included her Falling Leaves sweater, above: Light and Lacy Spring Hat is a free pattern on Ravelry, while Red Hat is a design of her own.

Suzanne chose the Brady Scarf for her Games project.  Since I’m working on a Brady for myself, I know it’s one of those stitch patterns that can get old quickly, but the promise of the amazing end result keeps you moving right along.  We know we’ll see this one as a gorgeous FO soon.

The parade comes to a spectacular finish with Rose’s Granny Square Throw, entered in the event WIPs Wrestling.  The photo at right shows the true color of the beautiful blue and smoky yarns that moved down to Florida with Rose.


Congratulations and three cheers to all members of Team GYI.  We’re so very proud you “competed” under the GYI flag!  With such an amazing display of stitching prowess, I’m bringing this post to a close, even though I have twenty more FOs to share with you.  You won’t have to wait long, but I think we need a cool down!


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