How you spent your summer vacation.

As I mentioned in the last post that showcased Team GYI’s Ravellenic Games projects, Summer 2012 has yielded a bumper crop of FOs so far.  So glad there are so many others out there like Jill and myself who are “never not knitting”!  To get started, here is a wisp of a shawl from Carolyn.  She snapped up a cone of Euroflax lace weight linen at our July sale for this airy Annis shawl.

Who says you can’t make nupps with linen?  Not Carolyn.  We still have 6 colors available, still on 30% sale, in case you’d like to try some lace in linen after seeing Carolyn’s beauty.  Did you know that Euroflax, which looks and feels like twine in the hank, just gets softer and softer with each washing until it is as delicate as an antique handkerchief?  You have to love a yarn that MUST be machine washed and dried.

Wanda and Jane love a good mystery KAL, and I love showing how one pattern, when worked in two different yarns, can result in two completely different FOs.  Here are their Summer Solstice mystery KAL shawls from Wendy D. Johnson, my toe-up sock knitting guru, also a master of lace knitting.  Wanda’s is the pale green; Jane’s is knit in “Glazed Pecan” tosh sock and beaded rather than nupped.

But Jane didn’t stop there.  She also completed a Flavia, designed by Glenna C. for the Indigodragonfly Smart-Ass Knitters/World Domination 1 Skein Club.  Membership has its privileges. The colorway of this generously-sized shawl is called “Damp Damsels in Distress.”

Mary Jane knit up this Starry Starry Night in Jojoland Melody.  Wrap-tastic!

Stephanie also took a shawl-cation this summer.  She knit Tsuga, a free pattern by Raven Knits Design, that is the perfect partner for the madelinetosh tosh DK in “Lowland” that she chose.

Tsuga has an all-over lace design.  Beads, too. This calls for a closer look…

Just gorgeous.  A hard act to follow, but Joan’s crocheted Beaded Wrap from Sharon Silverman, another freebie, is every bit as eye-popping.  The yarn is JaggerSpun Zephyr, 50% merino, 50% tussah silk.

It, too, deserves a close-up…

Time for some sweaters!  Alice was an early adopter of the Filatura di Crosa yarn Tempo that was in the shop all too briefly at the start of the summer.  Many knitters chose the Taormina Circle Vest pattern for their Tempo, but Alice created this simply elegant Vivo Tee by Rosemary Drysdale.  Doesn’t Tempo knit up into a great fabric?

Another light weight yarn we had a crush on this summer was Schulana Kilino, a cotton/linen blend.  Stephanie calls her trim Kilino Gemini from Jane Richmond, “Stilton.”  Can’t imagine why…

Kilino also starred in Marcia’s Gypsy Petticoat – five shades of it, to be precise.  When this boho vest appeared in the Fall 2012 issue of Interweave Knitscene, the model wore antlers.  Your guess is as good as mine.  I think it’s safe to say Marcia will eschew the headgear when she wears hers!

Kathy made herself an on-trend tunic of Jojoland Tonic.  If you’re an Elizabeth Zimmerman fan, and this pattern looks familiar, gold star for you!  Yes, it’s the same gull lace used in the February Baby Sweater.

I could have sworn I’d already blogged a picture of Kathy’s soft, slinky Macaibo shop sample of Starry Starry Night, but nope!  This will make amends.

More Kathy knits… two Baby Sophisticates, a free pattern from Linden Down.  Seems No.1, the grey, was knitted for a baby that arrived bigger than the sweater, so No. 2, the blue, had to be knitted up pronto!

Catherine used her favorite Tahki Donegal Tweed to make a top down Cadence pullover, a free pattern.  The fitted shaping and cable detailing around the neckline give such a feminine and flattering shape.

Jamie Thomas’ Lolita looks just as great in wool (here we’ve sampled it in Berroco Blackstone Tweed) for fall and winter as a cotton for spring and summer.  Is it a vest?  Is it a wrap?  Doesn’t really matter what you call it!  It looks great on all body shapes and can be made longer as needed.

What about scarves and cowls and other accessories, you ask?  Not to worry.  As the holidays get closer, there seem to be more and more in the works.  Francesca from Lana Vida is our new favorite bulky weight.  It’s a soft 80/20 merino and baby alpaca blend with an ingenious ply that makes it look like a cable.  Catherine worked up a shop sample for us; we’re calling it the Queen Bee Cowl. It’s nothing more than the bee stitch worked in the round, but you’ll be the coolest girl in town wearing it.  The stitch definition is amazing.

The free patterns just keep on coming: Jill graciously agreed to model her Wurm Hat that used our new Schoppel-wolle Zauberwolle, an enjoyable sport weight self-striping yarn.  Zauberwolle is a cousin of Zauberball, and the color choices range from muted earth tones to wild and crazy.

Sue enjoyed knitting up this single skein of Alp Exquisite, following the same cowl “recipe” that Catherine did, changing her stitch pattern each time the yarn changed in this “magic ball” type yarn – think of it as improvisational knitting!

Alice stopped in to pick up one more skein of Crystal Palace Party to make her drop stitch scarf a little longer.  I’ve seen many drop stitch ribbon scarves worked with horizontal rows – we even have a free shop pattern for one – but this diagonal pattern is my new favorite.  Just increase 1 stitch with a KFB at the beginning of each odd (or “right side”) row and decrease 1 stitch with a K2tog at the end of the same row and work a triple YO to create the rows of dropped stitches.  How easy is that?

Berroco Link is another of our new fall yarns.  Looking for a fast knit?  This one could set a new land speed record.  Ever worked with size 50 needles before?

Last year we had a hard time keeping ruffle yarns in stock.  For Fall/Winter 2012 the yarn companies have really outdone themselves, introducing many types of knit/crochet-along-the-edge yarns, and we’ve laid in a good supply.  The one we really bonded with is Glee from Berroco.  Average time to knit a Glee scarf?  Less than half an hour.  Really.  Marsha made these two sweeties in one afternoon.

And now for something completely different.  Molly chose madelinetosh merino light for her Windward by Heidi Kirrmaier, making it drapey and oh-so delicate.  The colorway is called “Vanilla Bean.”  Yum.

Janice knit fingerless mitt triplets.  Three times the chic!  Her button choices were truly inspired.

Carol knit Ellene Warren’s French Scarf with Lorna’s Laces Grace, a mohair boucle, and Debbie Bliss Angel, a silk/mohair.  Such a graceful pattern – and such delicious colors!

I’ve left the largest FO for last.  Here is Cathy’s Reversibly Cabled Afghan from Lily Chin (pattern available at the shop) in Cascade 220 Superwash.  Made as an heirloom wedding gift, it is truly magnificent.  Not a project for beginners or the faint of heart since multiple pattern repeat charts need to be worked simultaneously to keep all those cables crossing in the right direction at the right time.  The finished product, though, is definitely worth all that juggling!

So that’s it for FOs for now.  In the last post, I mentioned we’ve started offering monthly knit alongs.  May I present Derecho, below, our September KAL?  Want to join in?  The pattern can be printed off at the shop or you can download it yourself.  There will be someone in the shop all month long who can answer any questions that might crop up.  You can also post comments and questions on our KAL thread in our Ravelry Group.  You’ll need three fingering/sock weight yarns: one light, one medium, and one dark. Picking your palette is half the fun.  (Shall I mention here that we’ve recently received shipments of madelinetosh merino light and tosh sock, Zen Yarn Garden Serenity 20, and Shalimar Breathless?)  Next post I promise I’ll show you some of the colorways customers have already picked out… and have the fall class schedule for you, too!

© LAylor13


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