1/23/14: You do such beautiful work.

If you read the last post, which listed our winter class schedule, the next two photos will look familiar. They are recent FOs as well as class samples, so I want to include them here. Carolyn’s Colormatic cowl, left, was knit in designer Michelle Hunter’s recommended yarn, our tweedy Kenzie from Hikoo. On the right is my Moebius Cowl in Schulana Luxair, a fluffy bulky with a hint of metallic sparkle. You may know me as not a glitter person, but I do love this yarn and this cowl!

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I have a few more shop samples to share. Jill bound off her Polar Opposites cowl in Classic Elite Chalet and Freia lace weight just a few days ago, and it is just what you want around your neck when the mercury is hanging out around zero. If you have a skein of lace and aren’t really sure what to do with it, grab a soft bulky yarn and look no further than Polar Opposites.

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On the left, Jill’s buttery soft Piega* in Shibui Baby Alpaca DK and Silk Cloud. The two pattern pieces are simple enough to knit; the genius of this luxurious design from Kristin Ford is in the cowl’s assembly and joining. On the right, Catherine’s Wheat in Berroco Vintage, the drop dead simple scarf from The Simple Collection from Tin Can Knits, perfect for beginner knitters.

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On to projects that won’t be living at the shop. Here’s another Wheat, a bright blue one from Jane in our favorite Berroco Ultra Alpaca. Renee decided to go first class for her very first hat. She chose the premium madelinetosh tosh vintage for her Barley, also from The Simple Collection. I’ll say that again: her first hat! Congratulations, Renee!

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Jill really has a soft spot for Shibui Baby Alpaca DK. Here are her Yugake Armwarmers* from Olga Buraya-Kefelian. This design would be a nice match for any of The Simple Collection patterns, with such similar garter stitch panels.

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Virginia finished her Wurm Hat quite awhile ago, but it was just recently that I was able to pose it for a photo. The cheery yarn is Schoppel Gradient, and doesn’t this weather just cry out for hats that can keep you both warm and happy?

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Joanne is certainly happy with her stylish Beekeeper Slouch, another FO in Ultra Alpaca. The pattern originally appeared in the Holiday Gifts 2013 issue of Interweave Knits, which we happen to still have in stock in the shop.

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Joanne chose Louet Gems Sport for her Checkerboard Socks. She worked with the Basic Sock* pattern from Churchmouse Yarns. Wanting them to be double thick, she “stranded” her blue and lavender yarns, a pretty and simple solution that just looks complicated. Since Joanne’s a whiz at customizing her projects with clever modifications, it comes as no surprise that she changed the Phoenix Mittens by Debbie O’Neill, another design from the Interweave Knits Holiday Gifts 2013, to fingerless mitts using madelinetosh tosh dk. What a great idea!

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Joan also decided to play with a pattern, substituting the shades-of-black palette of worsted and bulky weight yarns from our HPKY Giant Skein for the fingering weight yarn called for in the Bermuda Scarf* by Ilga Leja. Short rows create the wave-like sections of different yarns. The glorious oversized finished shawl is just as fashionable as it is functional.

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The Kennedy Sweater in Cascade Cloud is another FO from Virginia. Designer Anniken Allis ensured a fabulous fit with the ribbing on the sleeves and torso, and Virginia’s stitching makes it gorgeous from top to bottom.

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Intricate cabling patterns don’t phase Shelly either. The cables in her Brambles Beret by Amanda Muscha flow into a vine design worked across the crown. The sections are filled with seed stitch. So pretty. She selected Wonderland Yarns March Hare worsted weight in the traffic-stopping color Off With Her Red for this spectacular hat.

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Keep those fingers warm, and keep those FOs coming, stitchers!

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

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