9/03/13 Update

With a nod to Groucho Marx, if I were any further behind in posting FO pictures, I’d be finished by now. (If that makes no sense, all I can say is, it’s been that kind of summer.) To get this blog up and running again, I’ll be posting pictures of your completed projects in small batches just as soon as I have them ready to go.  You have all been so busy!

Sue brought in her amazing cabled and ribbed throw back in July. Worked in Classic Elite Crestone and Vista, she made up the pattern herself. The throw is 54×60″, finished with a crochet edging. Sue also used crochet slip stitch to join the separate panels of knitting. Add falling snow, a crackling fire, and enjoy.

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Shelly’s delicate wisp of a grey shawl in Debbie Bliss Angel silk/mohair is called the Fallen Leaf Shawl* by Kyoko Nakayoshi. It weighs nothing.

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Another project Maude didn’t want to take off.

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Here is Janet’s Little Pink Sock, photographed when its mate was still on the needles. The pattern is I Made My First Socks! by Kate Atherley. The yarn is Cascade Fixation. Mooch the cat would definitely approve.

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Llamas in Sweden? Absolutely! Sharon used Llama Lluxury (100% llama) for her Semi-Swedish Hat by Paula Berman. Isn’t this just spectacular colorwork? And it will be soooo warm.

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Another hat that will come in handy when the mercury drops is Joanne’s knit and crocheted beret in Ultra Alpaca. I had never seen a hat knitted in the front and crocheted in the back before and wonder why there aren’t more of them out there. What a great idea!

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Here is Kathy’s Bismark Hat* designed by Kate Gagnon Osborn. Kathy used Road to China Light, the suggested yarn for in this on trend slouch hat. Check out the very cool contrast lining of the brim.

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The Summer Lattice Cowl was a popular pattern this summer. Marsha’s was the first to have its picture taken. She used Heichi, a 100% silk yarn from Shibui, as called for in the pattern. A great accessory for a jeans-and-a-tee day.

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Joan chose Manos del Uruguay Silk Blend for her Empalme Cowl* by Cassandra Milani. This stunning cowl is a real class act, with sections of lacy openwork stitching alternating with outlined sections of short rows. Lovely.

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Another beauty from Shelly – this time a cardigan sweater in Berroco Fuji that she said she particularly enjoyed because there were no stitches to pick up and no finishing. Sounds too good to be true! But here it is – hope you can see the lace section below the drawstring that pulls it all together. The pattern comes from a back issue of Interweave Knits magazine.

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Deb snapped up some of the last few balls we had of colorful, loopy Trendsetter Geisha. She brought in her completed project recently – a fun and funky crocheted scarf that’s a gift for a friend.

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Deb also showed us a wall hanging she wove with the yarns from a Colinette Absolutely Fabulous kit. How absolutely fabulous is this? I didn’t write down the exact measurements, but each of the three panels is about a foot wide. The close-up shows the fascinating ways Deb incorporated the different textures of yarn. Good thing we’ve ordered more Cricket rigid heddle looms from Schacht.

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Peggy took the first class we offered in Artfelt®, a new fiber felting method. This is the sweet little purse she made with her finished fabric. What a little gem! If you like to felt, you really should try using Artfelt® paper to see how ridiculously easy it can be.

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Speaking of “firsts,” Martha is the first knitter here at GYI to complete her entire Building Blocks project. We offer Michelle Hunter’s ingenious Building Blocks course to introduce new knitters to some very useful skills and techniques through twelve carefully sequenced lessons. You make a practice block in each lesson, and at the end of the course you have knit an afghan’s worth of blocks. Below, Martha’s blocks ready to be sewn together. Her finished afghan will be the first featured FO in the next blog post, coming soon.

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Note: Patterns marked with an asterisk (*) are available for sale at Gosh Yarn It!

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2 responses to “9/03/13 Update

  1. Are you going to offer classes in the building blocks and when?

  2. We’ll always offer Building Blocks – such a great skillbuilder course. The fall schedule is almost ready. When it is, it will be posted here on the blog!

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