1/16/14: Just the FOs, please.

Time to catch up with your amazing FOs. Virginia anticipated the arrival of Maxima, our newest yarn from Manos del Uruguay, when she knit up this cozy Florido* by Jocelyn Tunney last fall. The hot pink is the Maxima, a kettle dyed 100% extrafine merino wool worsted, and the “fur” is fluffy Caribou from Hikoo. Virginia must have also known this winter was going to be a cold one, because it was her brrrrrilliant spin on the original pattern, which called only for contrasting colors of the same yarn, to add the fur lining. Fashionable, meet functional.

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Jane drew a chorus of ooh’s and aah’s with her Song of the Sea* cowl from Louise Zass-Bangham. Her yarn is tosh merino light in Nassau Blue. Sometimes the stitch pattern appears to be waves, sometimes a mermaid’s scales, but one thing’s for certain, Jane’s cowl is a beauty.

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Have you seen Pom Pom Quarterly? It’s a very cool on-trend English knitting magazine we now carry. (Each printed copy has its own download code for digital access to all patterns, and how cool is that?) Bonnie became a “Pommer” when she knit Alexa Ludeman’s Winterberry from the Winter issue with soft, soft Wonderland March Hare yarn in the color Little Crocodile. What started out as a shawl became just about the cutest baby blanket on the planet. Bonnie even figured out how to make the berries in a contrasting color. Simply smashing, as the English would say.

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Here’s another from Bonnie, a vest for her husband from Knitting Pure & Simple in Ultra Alpaca from Berroco. The buttons were chosen by committee here at the shop, and I’d say the committee made the perfect choice. This one’s going to be his Favorite Sweater for a long time.

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Jean brought in her Age of Brass and Steam Kerchief in tosh dk the other day, and isn’t it a sweet one. (The color is Tart, though.) This free pattern seems to love all weights of yarn; you just change your needle size accordingly and the number of times you repeat the pattern. It’s an ideal first shawl for beginner knitters, and a walk in the park for accomplished ones, such as Jean!

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Sharon shared two FOs with us recently, the Mesa Rock version of the Inspira Cowl and a handsome sweater knit using Ann Budd’s pattern formulas in The Knitter’s Handy Book of Top-Down Sweaters (available at guess where). She even graciously agreed to pose wearing her Inspira in Plymouth Gina. Doesn’t this inspire you to make one?

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And here is the top down sweater Sharon made for a man in her life using Berroco Vintage. Sharon was inspired by the wardrobe of Mireille Enos’ character in the TV show, The Killing. Detective Sarah Linden is perpetually bundled in Fair Isle sweaters in this cult crime drama. Who wouldn’t want to wear such gorgeousness every day?

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Kathy chose Classic Elite Liberty Wool for a sweater for one of the two little men in her life. This is Sonrisa from the designer Elizabeth Suarez. Here’s hoping he won’t outgrow this cabled masterpiece too soon!

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While big brother is enjoying his Sonrisa, little brother will love his Bilbo Cardigan, more cabled cuteness from Kathy, courtesy of Cirilia Rose. Kathy used microfiber Cuddles from Crystal Palace to keep little brother warm all over.

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Joan had three wintry FOs with her one Thursday evening. First, she showed us a shawl with a story. Her fantastic Winter is Coming Shawl was designed by Sally Cameron and knit in tosh merino light. The six sections refer to plot points in the television show Game of Thrones. Fans of the show may appreciate the references to dragon scales, snowflakes, etc., but everyone can see this is a spectacular piece of knitting.

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Then Joan’s shared Fairy SnowCap* and Julia’s Cabled Headband with us. They come from two different designers (Romi Hill and Paulina Chin, respectively) but make a perfect pair, knit here in Cascade Eco Cloud.

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Tina is a master of lace knitting and known for her gossamer shawls. But when the thermometer reads in the single digits, what’s a lace knitter to do? Reach for some soft Titus yarn and a traditional Shetland design such as Flukra* from Gudrun Johnston and voilà! All the airiness of lace with the warmth of wool and alpaca.

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What’s better on a chilly day than a warm pair of mitts? On the left, another FO of Tina’s, also made from Titus yarn. She chose the cheery green of the color Chevin for her cabled Petra wrist warmers from the book Essentially Feminine Knits and designer Lene Holme Samsøe. On the right, Sharon G.’s clever Podster Gloves knit in Cascade Heritage Sock. Yes, the mitten tops flip back to reveal topless glove fingers, and the thumb has a peek-a-boo flap for ease of swiping and tapping smart phones and iPods.

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Finally, Jill also fell hard for tosh merino light (it’s not hard) and the pattern Saturated Shawl* by Ann Weaver. Thought saving this FO for last would be a good way to wrap up this post, starting and stopping with projects in bright, jazzy colors to fend off the winter blahs!

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

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