First campfire of the summer!
Stephanie, Bonnie, Jill, Virginia, and Carolyn were snapped on the first Saturday afternoon of our virtual summer camp, rocking their Camp Gosh Yarn It! T-shirts. Registration for July camp opens June 25. That means you can let us know what pattern you’ll be using for July’s “Make New Friends But Keep the Old” theme plus receive a 20% discount on yarn purchased for your camp project through July 10th in the “camp store.” Will you use a yarn and pattern you’ve never used before? Try a technique that’s new to you? Knitters, why not crochet? All the details of camp are listed on our Ravelry group page.
If you’re looking for our summer class listings, you can find them here.
I also want to mention that the shop will be closed Friday, June 21 and Saturday, June 22 while Jill and I attend the TNNA industry trade show. Shop is OPEN, thanks to three wonderful volunteer CITs: Joan, Alice, and Bonnie!! For the Fourth of July holiday, we will be closed on Thursday, July 4 and Friday, July 5. (When we reopen on Saturday, July 6, we’ll have a NICE surprise for you!) Also, thanks to both our families growing this summer, we will close for a Grandmothers’ Getaway, August 13-17.
Because the shop will be shuttered on the above days, we want to make it up to you as best we can: we will be OPEN on SUNDAYS in JULY! Visit us on Sunday, July 7, 14, 21, and 28, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Bonnie captured the Camp GYI Eager Beaver Award for being the first to bring in her completed June project, the Bow Slouch Hat by Adriana Hernandez, above. The pattern appeared in Knitscene Accessories 2013, an issue we may have to restock after all the compliments Bonnie’s hat received. The yarn is Fibre Company Organik.
Next came Marsha’s Poplar Cowl, below, also in rich and lustrous Organik. The pattern is free, thanks to the nice folks at Kelbourne Woolens. Isn’t this a great color palette and a great stitch pattern?
Jean and her daughter walked into the shop the other day to buy some yarn and my eyes popped when I saw what Jean was wearing – the beautiful Niche pullover from Norah Gaughan Vol. 12 booklet for Berroco. Yes, we have plenty of copies in stock, and we also have plenty of the breezy cotton/alpaca Maya yarn the pattern calls for. I loved taking this mother/daughter portrait.
Joan S. also strolled into the shop last week. She had something pink casually draped around her neck. Wait a minute… let me take a closer look…
Whoa! It’s Romi Hills Dusk into Twilight pattern in several shades of Claudia Hand Painted Fingering and Fingering 55, a silk/merino blend. Spectacular!
The Effin Scarf* continues to win fans. On the left, an Effin from Alice in Trendsetter Phoenix. On the right, an Effin from Lois in Tahki Ripple. When we find an easier pattern that is a better showcase for a yarn with more than a touch of sophistication and drape, we’ll be sure to let you know! Brava, Lois and Alice.
Wanda turned her skeins of madeline tosh merino light in colorway Grey Garden into this delicate Spring into Autumn by Kate Gondwana. Around Wanda’s shoulders, this pretty shawlette was greeted at a Saturday Stitch & Spin by applause.
Next, an elegant Parquet Tiles*, just off Jill’s needles and the blocking boards. She used Zen Yarn Garden Serenity 20 in the color Frosted Teal for this design from Rose Beck. Since I’m a pushover for any design with all-over texture, i.e. a fabric that almost looks woven, Parquet Tiles is already on my to-do list. I also want to put in a plug for this yarn. I’m using Serenity 20 for my June Camp project, and I don’t think I’ve enjoyed working with a yarn this much in a long time. Could be the 20% cashmere.
Jane just finished this darling Ruffled Summer Top using Ty-Dy Cotton. The free pattern is by Elena Nodel. Knit top down in the round, it’s one of the easiest, sweetest little girl designs available, a dress for a younger child that can “grow up” to be a fun shirt over leggings or jeans.
Mary Lou is the newest member of the Liberty Wool Fan Club, thanks to her Two Direction Scarf*, a pattern from the yarn company, Classic Elite. A super-soft machine washable wool plus vibrant colors in a balanced twist worsted – what’s not to love? Mary Lou made some slight alterations to the original pattern, changing the length and knitting a 6×6 rib rather than a 4×4, but isn’t that exactly why we make these things ourselves rather than buy pre-finished garments and accessories in a store? Be creative and always make the work you want to make!
Patterns marked with an asterisk* are available at Gosh Yarn It!