A Midsummer Night’s FOs

I bring greetings from Columbus, Ohio. We arrived on the longest day of the year, the day before the opening of the National Needlearts Association Trade Show, a.k.a. TNNA. Jill and I arrived so early Friday morning that even after a pleasant en plein air lunch at the Public Market there was still plenty of time to start getting the most recent FO photos together to share with you. First, because Jill loves it when I photograph my food, my thoroughly delicious bowl of Pho from the Vietnamese food counter at the Market, below.


Now on to the real FOs. Cheers, please, for the campers bringing in their completed June projects. Here is Shelly’s wild So Faux Cowl in Cascade Superwash Sport – just beautiful stranded knitting and kitten soft.


In the time it would take me to get halfway through a project such as So Faux, Shelly finished both her cowl, a beautiful fingering weight cardigan, Navona* from Linda Wilgus, and Bolt* by Veera Välimäki. Below is her sweater in Colinette Jitterbug yarn. Look at those lovely picked up stitches at the collar. I think Shelly should be teaching the Pick Up & Knit class!

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And here is Shelly’s Bolt in madtosh merino light. The shape of this little shawlette allows for lots of different fun ways to wear it.

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Marsha already earned her Camp Merit Badge for one Poplar Cowl but also made a second one. That lovely Organik yarn from Fibre Company must have made her do it.


Kay also chose Poplar and Organik for her camp project but put her own distinctive twist on it by changing the stripe sequence a bit and even adding a two-color section. Way to go, Kay!


Before starting her camp project, Alice finished a Magz Bias Scarf in Mochi+ yarn. An easier, breezier pattern would be hard to find. She also worked on a big sister/little sister pair of projects, a cardigan for little and a cute little cowl for big. The yarn for both is Cascade 220 Superwash Paints, and here’s the cowl.

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Joanne bought a Seashore Scarf kit by Knit One Crochet Too from us awhile back. This past week it reappeared as a stunning FO – definitely worth the wait.


What do these four pictures have in common? They are all of the same cowl, just four different ways Maude the Mannequin found to wear Jill’s Turbulence Cowl* from Laura Chau. The yarn is our favorite Cascade Eco Cloud in two natural, undyed shades of heavenly soft blended merino and alpaca. Short rows and striping create the graphic wave pattern.

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Catherine brought in a trio of socks, thanks to an enviable case of finish-itis. From left to right, her socks show off our Sock-a-licious, Opal, and Austermann yarns. Since I suffer from chronic start-itis (the compulsive need to start new projects regardless of the number of unfinished ones lying about), this kind of sticktoitiveness is an inspiration.

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I mentioned TNNA, and, indeed, Jill and I will be back in the shop tomorrow, having recovered from 72 hours of near-nonstop yarn and notion shopping. I don’t want to give away too many surprises and secrets about what’s headed to the shop over the next few months, but I can’t resist giving you a tiny peek.

First, a big swirl of color that’s on its way from an amazing woman-owned mill in Wyoming. Then there’s a lush (but affordable) merino/nylon/angora/alpaca/silk blend coming from New Zealand, stitched up here in the sensational Pine Bough Cowl, which just happens to be a free pattern download from Ravelry. Print out the pattern now to be ready for the arrival of the yarn because it just may be most perfect tweed ever.

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All I’ll say about this next one is… it’s not your mother’s mink coat.


And just one more… the hottest new yarn around, the star of the TNNA show, in all twelve of its glorious nature-inspired colors, set to ship ASAP to GYI.


More on our adventures at TNNA in a future post. I’ll close with a reminder that registration for July Camp opens Tuesday, June 25th. Our camp store will be open through July 10th with a 20% discount on up to two skeins of yarn to be used for your “Make New Friends But Keep the Old” camp project for July. We hope you’ve picked something that’s really going to stretch your skills and challenge you to be an even more accomplished stitcher. We can’t wait to hear what you’ve come up with!

All patterns marked with an asterisk* are available for sale at Gosh Yarn It!


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