April showers bring May FOs.

There have been many FO pictures taken these last few weeks, and it’s long past time to share them. But you know what else happened since the last post? Spring happened!

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The daffodils and tulips have already come and gone, as has another sure sign of spring – the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival. The Gosh Yarn It! bus trip to the festival on May 5 was lots of fun, and a few pictures of our day in West Friendship, MD, will be in the next post. For now, after starting off with those lovely lilacs from Bonnie’s garden that graced the shop last week, here are spring’s first FOs, beginning with three of Bonnie’s.

Here is her Gift Wrap Sweater*, a pattern designed by Carina Spencer, in soft, machine washable Liberty Wool. Those daffodil yellow buttons are the perfect finishing touch.

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Bonnie chose another mom-friendly washable yarn, Cascade 220 Superwash Sport, for this baby blanket, which is based on the Porcupine Blanket from Cascade’s 60 Quick Baby Knits, one of our most popular books.  The little hedgehog is worked in the intarsia technique. Look closely at the stitching; can you see the shapes – the flower, the heart, the diamond, and the chain of ladies down the side? She even stitched the baby’s initial above the hedgehog – I hope you can see the bottom of an “E.” This must have been a real pleasure to knit.

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Bonnie took a time out from knitting for friends’ children and grandchildren to make just a little something for herself. Not just any sweater, though – she chose the beautiful pattern Gerda, designed by Lene Holme Samsøe, from the book Essentially Feminine Knits, worked in Cascade Eco Wool. One word: wow.

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Getting back to sweaters barely big enough for mannequins, Jill knit this Spring Garden Tee* from Alana Dakos in Berroco Weekend DK. Jill’s granddaughter is already wearing this cute tee, and Jill says “she looks like a little daisy” in it.

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Here is another sweet cardigan in Liberty Wool. Marcia used the pattern Lillie’s Little Sweater from Cottage Creations. This one is going to be well-loved for many years. It has hand-me-down written all over it.

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Joan S. is the creator of the stunning Rockefeller, below. Stephen West’s design is another tour de force – a great project for some of the merino light by madeline tosh that arrived in the shop recently.

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Here’s an equally dramatic shawl, thanks to Shelly’s inspired color choices for this Whippoorwill*, designed by Carina Spencer. Shelly used a yellow stash yarn and Cascade Heritage Sock for the edging, a true navy. The finished shawl, despite it’s generous length, is as light as a feather.

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Also in the featherweight category is Molly’s gorgeous Echo Flower Shawl. She stitched with great care, using one of the lightest (and warmest) fibers on the planet, qiviut, the undercoat of the muskox. For an heirloom such as this, it’s a perfect choice.

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Here is Molly herself, modeling her Rikke Hat in madeline tosh’s tosh DK. I think Molly has joined me in the Rikke Fan Club, since this pattern by Sarah Young is as stylish as it is fast and fun to knit.

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We’re lucky to have one more from Molly, her Gradient in eye-popping Shibui Silk Cloud. Molly’s cowl almost makes me wish summer would hurry up and be over!

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Shibui Silk Cloud is going to stay center stage for a couple more FOs. Here it is paired with Shibui Staccato by Tina in a raspberry Mix No. 3*. Yum! I happen to know that enough Silk Cloud and Staccato for at least two more Mix No. 3 shawls has gone home with Tina, intended for graduation gifts. Congratulations, both to the graduates and to one super-speedy (and very generous) knitter.

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 We love the way the Shibui Knits company carries its colors throughout its yarn line and mixes different yarn weights in many of their original patterns. Look for new Shibui yarns to join our Silk Cloud, Staccato, and Heichi in the fall.

Carolyn used the dynamic duo, Silk Cloud and Staccato, in the color Mineral for her latest Swing Sweater, Sheer Beauty. The name says it all.

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Carolyn chose a Shibui pattern, Trace*, but picked Tahki’s cotton Ripple for it over the Heichi originally called for. Brilliant! Unfortunately, my photo was taken inside the shop under flourescent light, so you can barely see the texture and detail of this perfectly simple, simply perfect tank.

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“Auditing” Carolyn’s last class in stranded knitting and with her expert guidance, I was able to knit Carolyn’s original design, Boreal Headband, a free pattern on Ravelry, in Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Superwash. Look at me, holding my yarn in both hands and knitting with two colors at the same time!

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Keeping it colorful, here is Kathy’s Inishbofin Cowl from Heidi Todd Kozar. This pattern appeared in the same issue of Knitscene Accessories 2012 as Carolyn’s design, Equilibrium Cowl. Kathy used Cascade Cloud, and the finished cowl is as soft as you’d expect from a cloud.

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Oh, look! More Effin* scarves! First is my mini-Effin, worked on US 11s and two skeins of Trendsetter Twiggy yarn. The slink of this linen/viscose blend makes for a nice little froth of a scarf.

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Joan T. used the same black Tahki Ripple that went into Carolyn’s demure tank, shown above, for one of her Effins. She jazzed it up, though, on US 15s with one of the last balls of Crystal from S. Charles Collezione that we had in stock, and – voilà! One fabulous Effin Scarf. (Don’t despair, glam yarn lovers, we’ll have more sparkly carry-along yarn back in stock soon.)

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Three skeins of Trendsetter Zoe went into this next Effin, also from Joan T. The Zoe has just a hint of metallic shine and is quite light and soft for a yarn that drapes so effortlessly. This Effin could definitely be worn in any season.

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Joan T. made another great yarn choice for her Sloping Hem Boatneck – Berroco Karma. We just placed a giant special order with Berroco for bags and bags of this cool mesh tape yarn, since Joan’s finished Norah Gaughan sweater has inspired a number of other knitters to want to make one for themselves – always the sincerest form of flattery.

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In numbers of FOs, the Effin Scarf is approaching the popularity of the now-classic Shoulder Cozy* from Churchmouse Yarns & Teas. Joan T. used some of our HPKY Precious held double with Cascade Kid Seta for her latest Cozy. Aren’t they a great pair? The mohair of the Kid Seta added a soft halo to the blurred, impressionistic shading of the merino/silk Precious.

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Even I finally knit a Cozy – two, in fact. On the left, Colinette Parisienne, a hand dyed mohair/silk, held with wool/cotton Coast, a now-discontinued yarn from Tahki that the shop sold out of last summer. On the right, a Cozy in a stash yarn held with mohair/silk Shibui Silk Cloud. My mom, for whom both of these were made, always says that with enough heavy cream and butter you can make just about anything taste good. I would say, with enough mohair/silk, you can make just about any yarn a luxury yarn.

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Once you start looking at yarns in a new way, mixing and matching them, you might just start looking at using yarns in an entirely new way…

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Weaving! Above is Linda Mesavage’s class project for her upcoming Rigid Heddle Loom Weaving class on Saturday, June 15, at 1:00 p.m. Below is a handsome scarf made by Deb, one of Linda’s students. Deb used a blue Lamb’s Pride Superwash Worsted for the stripe, and the grey is SMC Select Tweed Deluxe that has some blue spun right into it.

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If you’d like to gently slip a toe into weaving to try it out, come to a meeting of the Cricket Club on the last Thursday of each month at 5:30 p.m. The Cricket Loom is Schacht’s affordable, portable rigid heddle loom and a great gateway to the craft and art of weaving. Gosh Yarn It! is now an authorized Schacht dealer. We also have a “loaner” loom, a Harrisville rigid heddle.

Who’s that peeking out from an Absolutely Fabulous throw? That’s Jill, of course, holding up Sandy’s finished AbFab, the classic kit that Colinette Yarns makes up in dozens of hand-dyed color combinations, each more delicious than the last.

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Finally, like a little red caboose, the last FO in this collection is Janet’s Wingspan in a bright Regia sock weight yarn. This pattern is another classic, with 7444 finished projects, as of this writing, listed on Ravelry. Janet says, “I just love that pattern. It is so much fun to knit.” Can’t ask for more than that!

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NOTE:
All patterns marked with an asterisk* are available at Gosh Yarn It!

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