2/27/14: More lamb and less lion, please.

Winter isn’t relaxing its grip. The forecast for tonight’s low is -2° with a wind chill advisory thrown in. The words on everyone’s lips are, “Stay warm.” Fortunately for us stitchers, we know how to manufacture warm!

Portia, Tina’s daughter, hasn’t been knitting for very long, but you’d never know from looking at her projects. Here is her warm and snuggly Chalet Cowl from Susan Mills done in Berroco Borealis.

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And this is Portia’s English Mesh Lace Scarf* in Classic Alpaca. Those jade colored glass beads add such a pretty glint of sparkle. I predict great things from Portia. (She has a quite the role model in her mom!)

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Shelly knit our spectacular shop sample of Kathy Zimmerman’s Cambern to show off our new Rowan Pure Wool Worsted. Isn’t the scallop edging at the hem a nice touch? This sweater’s styling would be attractive on many different body shapes. The Pure Wool Worsted is an amazing yarn – the soft comfort you’d expect from a washable wool, yet with enough “backbone” to work up to be your favorite sweater for years and years.

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Bonnie’s been on a Leftie kick lately, turning out two with Freia Ombre Sport. Here is her Leftie in the colorway Tijuana Teal…

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… and another in Lichen. Both were knit using two different balls of the same yarn, starting at opposite ends of the color’s shading.

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Bonnie took Carolyn Kern’s Colormatic Cowl class, an exploration of mosaic knitting. Her finished class project was made in the suggested yarn – cushy, tweedy HiKoo Kenzie. Designer Michelle Hunter supports her patterns with videos and easy, clear directions, so if you’re ready to try some color knitting yourself, this would be a good starter project. Bonnie’s color combinations, as always, are right on.

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Here are two more of Bonnie’s recent class projects. First, her peppy Brioche Cowl in Manos del Uruguay Maxima and stash yarn. If you’ve never tried the brioche stitch, be warned – once you get the hang of it, it can be addicting!

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Second, her chic Moebius Cowl in one of my favorite yarns, Tweed Deluxe from Schachenmyr Select, an alpaca/wool blend, really a  yarn-within-a-yarn, that produces distinctively textured fabric. She chose the simplest moebius pattern of all – knit every stitch, every round. It’s the magic of the moebius cast-on that produces the stockinette/reverse stockinette bands.

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Want to know how that can possibly be? If you missed our first Moebius Cowl class and want to learn this intriguing cast-on for yourself, we’ve added a second session! Call the shop today, 570-287-9999, to register for Saturday, March 22.

02.27.14.12One last FO from Bonnie, right. This one’s for a lucky baby who lives in a warmer climate. The yarn is smooth, soft Cotton Supreme from Universal Yarns, soft enough for baby’s skin. She used the pattern Wee Newborn Fairy Bonnet, a free download on Ravelry.

Bonnie’s not the only one with an impressive stack of FOs. Sharon came last Saturday with quite the collection. For her jazzy Daybreak* from Stephen West she chose Cascade Heritage Sock and Colinette Jitterbug.

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For her Lunaris* she again turned to Heritage Sock, both a solid and a variegated. Hilary Smith Callis’ design makes a graceful crescent shape, and Sharon’s colors make it a cool, blue half-moon.

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After making an Inspira cowl with Plymouth’s Gina yarn, Sharon just kept going and going, “unventing” her own patterns for an Inspira-inspired pair of mittens, a hat, and a headband!

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I’ll wrap up – figuratively speaking – with a project of mine and one of Jill’s. It’s been a long time since I tackled a crochet project any larger than a hat, but the arrival of a grandchild demanded I brush up on my blankie making skills. I chose a simple pattern from a stitch dictionary and an edging from Around the Corner Crochet Borders by Edie Eckman (I adore this book – yes, we have it for sale at the shop!) I knew I couldn’t go far wrong using heavenly Debbie Bliss Fair Trade Collection Eco Baby cotton, 100% organic and 100% a joy to work with.

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Below, Jill’s Shadow and Glow* shawl by Hilary Smith Callis. Come to think of it, this pattern would actually make a very nice baby blanket if done in baby-friendly yarn. Jill picked two amazing colors of very grown-up Shibui Staccato for her shawl. A photo tutorial in the pattern teaches you the neat provisional cast-on that starts off this center-out design. Square shawls are always versatile to wear, and this one gets extra silky sheen from Staccato’s 70% merino/30% silk composition.

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March arrives on Saturday, and no lion-like snow storms have been forecast to roar in that day. We look forward to a full day of classes. There’s still room in Fingerless Mitts on DPNs at 11:00 a.m. and Carolyn Kern’s Try a Toe Up Sock at 1:30 p.m. Give the shop a call to register – warm up to some new skills this weekend!

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

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