With days getting shorter and shorter, the weather outside has been grey and cold and grey again. Fortunately for us, our customers bring in bright, colorful FOs every day, so the shop is always glowing.
As soon as Joan T. spotted the Ojo de Dios Shawl by Vanessa Ewing in the Winter 2014 Interweave Knits, she gathered up enough of our jazzy Gina from Plymouth Yarns to complete hers in just a few sittings. And it’s still 2013. ¡Hermosa!
Below is another vibrant Joan creation, her Nangou* from Melanie Berg. The yarn is Shibui’s Staccato. The 200+ Nangou Ravelry projects prove the pattern will work with just about any two colors, but Joan’s are spectacular.
Joan knit Caroline Wiens’ Light and Up in madelinetosh merino light. It’s now on display in the shop, a simple, beautiful shawl knit in simply beautiful yarn.
Here’s one more technicolor beauty from Joan, a Bermuda Scarf* in Freia Sport. Any way you wrap and wind it, it will look like a completely new piece.
Bonnie picked up some sportweight Freia, too. She chose the pattern Checkered Cowl, designed by Olga Buraya-Kefelian, from the Scarf Style series. Clever Bonnie used the same color throughout, starting with one ball with the lightest shade on the outside and another with the darkest shade on the outside and striped away.
Bonnie also recently completed a very sporty pair of Carolyn Kern’s Tartan Mitts after taking Carolyn’s class. The yarns are Wonderland Yarns’ fingering, Cheshire Cat, in Little Crocodile, and madtosh sock in Ink.
Joan S. used Wonderland’s wonderful worsted weight March Hare for her cheery Sheep Wagon Shawl. Love her color choices plus the clever top down construction that makes it so full and swingy, i.e. warm and cozy – just what you want from a shawl.
Joan also shared her Tourist Sweater* by Joji Locatelli with us, just before she added buttons to the “kangaroo pouch” on the front. It is made with Cascade’s now-discontinued Rustic yarn. Too bad the yarn is no more, because it made one gorgeous sweater.
Fran made her ruby red Leftie* with Artyarns Ensemble Light and Handmaiden 4 Ply Cashmere. Good things really do come in small packages.
Laurie brought in two sumptuous scarves, one knit in madelinetosh tosh dk, color Cousteau, and the other in a stash yarn. The stitch patterns come from her personal cache of designs, which includes a volume of Barbara Walker’s Treasury of Knitting Patterns. (If you haven’t yet discovered Barbara Walker, her treasuries really are treasure troves of stitch patterns. Check out the amazing blog, The Walker Treasury Project, to see actual swatches of many of the patterns in her books.)
One day Jane showed us her latest gift-knitting, everyone’s favorite GAP-tastic Cowl made with Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Superwash held with Cascade Pacific. Just the thing for fending off single digit temperatures. Another day she wore her Walkover Wrap* into the shop, and I had it on Maude the mannequin within minutes. I’ve long admired stoles like this one that have one, two, or three “statement” buttons, allowing multiple ways to wrap yourself inside. Clearly it is time to put Ash Kearns’ design on my “must knit now” list. The yarn is from Jane’s stash, but our madeline tosh vintage worsted would be a great choice.
I also sweet-talked Martha into modeling her Stair Step Scarf, a free shop pattern, made in Casablanca. I’ll close with her sunny smile with enough wattage to tide us over until Saturday’s solstice!
*Patterns marked with an asterisk are available for purchase at Gosh Yarn It! through the Ravelry In-Store Pattern Sales Program.