3/16/14

New class alert! Here’s one for all you folks who’ve been asking for help getting started knitting in the round on circular needles and DPNs: Make Your First HatMarch 20 & 27 (Thursday evenings), 5:30-6:30 p.m. I worked up a two-size pattern I call the Which Way Hat, because you get to choose which way to make your hat. Pick a brim with 2×2 or 1×1 ribbing and a “square” raglan decrease crown or a “round” crown with K2tog decreases. Along the way, you’ll learn some neat elastic cast-ons and tricks for making perfect stripes. (The way the weather’s been lately, you’ll still get plenty of use out of your new hat in 2014.)

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We’ve added another Moebius Cowl class on Saturday, March 22, 1:00-2:30 p.m.,  since the first class last month filled right away. Learn the truly amazing moebius cast-on to make infinity loop cowls that knit up from the center out. Sound intriguing? Sign up for either class by calling the shop, 570-287-9999.

Thirty colors of Cascade’s classic Ultra Pima cotton DK are brightening the shop. From my perch by the register, I get to enjoy the complete spectrum from Roy to G. to Biv, fanned out on our front table. Here’s the springiest of spring greens in Ultra Pima used in our April GYI Featured Pattern, Summer-Tea Shirt by Vera Sanon*, below.

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Shelly Strohl, our Knit Clinic Doctor and GYI Featured Pattern curator/ sample knitter, has outdone herself yet again! This top down tee can be made with waist shaping (as shown) or as an A-line tunic in sizes XS-3XL. Shelly’s model used 3 skeins of Ultra Pima, even though the pattern suggested 4 would be needed. (That’s under $30!) It fits Maude’s 37″ bust and hips to a T. What makes it “featured” you ask? Buy the pattern from us and save 20% on your yarn, then any time you need advice or help with your Summer Tea project (or any other Featured Pattern), just come to Shelly’s regular Knit Clinic hours. Knit Clinic is now open Thursdays, 6:00-8:00 p.m., and the 2nd and 3rd Saturdays of the month, 2:00-4:00 p.m. Help with Featured Patterns is free; a 15-minute consultation for any other ailing project is $5, payable in cash to Dr. Shelly. Here’s one more look at the sweet details of the Summer Tea tee…

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We just received a gorgeous sample sweater from Rowan in their Pure Wool Worsted, another new yarn here at GYI. Aly, by Martin Storey, is from Rowan’s pattern collection Simple Shapes Pure Wool Worsted. You may remember Shelly’s Pure Wool Worsted sample of the Cambern pullover from this post. Machine washable, 100% wool, available in 50 rich colors – did I say love? Love!

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Martha recently completed her second Building Blocks Blanket*. She’s our best advertisement for Michelle Hunter’s Building Blocks and will be happy to tell you how much she has learned. Martha used 10 skeins of Liberty Wool in the color Mallard and did a super job, not only in the knitting but also in the finishing.

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Bonnie heard about one of the Purl Bee’s patterns, Stitch Block Cowl, and said, “I’m doing that.” And she did just that. Her colors of Maxima from Manos del Uruguay are Natural, Kohl, and Foil; the style is up-to-the-minute urbane.

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When it came time to whip up this little confection for a newborn, Bonnie chose Plymouth Worsted Merino Superwash. Safe to say, this hat is going to show up in plenty of baby pictures.

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Joanne also used Plymouth Worsted Merino Superwash for her Ribbed Keyhole Scarf from the book 60 Quick Knits by Angela Juergens, available at GYI. Quick, yes, but also simple, elegant, comfortable, and useful – what more could one ask from a scarf?

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Renee’s Etta hat, a free download from Ravelry, is made from Rowan Pure Wool Worsted. Slightly less slouchy than the original but every bit as stylish.

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Renee’s Onda Cowl, another freebie, shows off Wool Clasica by Manos del Uruguay perfectly. Look closely and you’ll see Renee’s Scottish thistle pin, a perfect match for the lilacs of this artisinal hand-dyed worsted weight yarn.

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Joan’s chic Yugake Armwarmers* from Olga Buraya-Kefelian were knit in madelinetosh tosh merino light. When Spring finally arrives – as it must – a cozy pair of long fingerless mitts like these and a shawl or poncho will be all you’ll need when you head out the door. (And we are expecting new colors of tosh merino light any day now.)

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Until Spring shows up, a cowl is still your best friend. Here is Joan’s Polar Opposites from Plucky Knitter Designs in Freia Ombre and a very lush purplish stash yarn.

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Wanda purchased red Regia sock yarn from us awhile ago. Sometimes you just have to tuck a special yarn into your stash and wait for the right pattern to come along. That’s what happened here, and the wait was definitely worth it. Here is her version (there are 32 possible) of Ysolda Teague’s mystery KAL, Follow Your Arrow. Asymmetry doesn’t make for an easy photo shoot, but it does make a spectacular shawl.

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Dona’s Burdock Cardigan from Maura Kirk is a real class act, thanks to Dream in Color Classy with Cashmere in Aquajet. When she was working on it, Dona and I had a discussion about the raglan sleeve shaping in the pattern, which may have favored the integrity of the lacy stitch pattern over fit. I believe Dona did choose to modify the original instructions by using a raglan increase formula with which she was more comfortable. Whatever she did, it worked!

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The raglan sleeve…

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Now it’s time for the mea culpa portion of our show. Recently, deep in the inky recesses of the shop’s computer, I found three FO photos that customers had emailed to the shop. Oops! Here they are, starting with Dona’s grandson in his darling Christmas outfit. Dona used Plymouth Worsted Merino Superwash and patterns from the Cascade 60 Quick Baby Knits series. Too, too cute!

Landon in Christmas Picture Outfit

Chris special ordered a heavenly variegated Heritage Silk from our Cascade Yarn Tasting and used it for this lovely shawl, and I am extremely embarrassed to admit I don’t remember the name of the pattern. Chris, a little help, please?

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This one I know – the young lady bouncing on her bed is Viktoria in her Ruffled Summer Top by Elena Nodel. The FO has already appeared here in the blog, but on a boring old mannequin – not an action shot! The yarn is Knit One Crochet Too Ty-Dy Cotton.

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From mea culpa to “My Bad,” a mini-tutorial on what you can do when good projects go bad. For a sweater class I’d gotten as far with a #214 Baby Pullover* by Diane Soucy as the finishing of the neckline and the hem. When I should have been picking up the armhole stitches to work the sleeves, I realized I was done with the project. Absolutely no interest in going further. It had served its purpose as a class demo model, and the color of Liberty Wool would be very cute on somebody else’s grandchild but not mine. (In my defense, I did pick the yarn before her arrival.) What to do? Time to pull a Half-Cab Kermit – a complete frog of my knitting. Here’s how it went:

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Left, as far as the sweater ever got. Right, let the unravels begin! Yarn is wound into a ball as the stitches are pulled out.

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Once a UFO is just yarn again, it needs to be wound into a hank. I have the luxury of having the shop’s swift, left, at my disposal, but you could use back to back dining room chairs or a patient friend’s hands held about 2′ apart. Before slipping the yarn off whatever you’ve wrapped it around, tie several loops of waste yarn through the strands, right, to keep them from tangling. Secure both yarn ends in a couple of single half-hitch (overhand) knots.

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Left, the hank before soaking in water to which a dash of Eucalan soap has been added, and right, after its bath and completely dry, ready for winding into a ball or cake. It’s not shown here, but soaked yarn fresh from the tub needs a gentle squeeze or two, then to be wrapped in a towel and squeezed again, then a couple of good thwacks just to shake it out and separate the strands before being hung around two hangers or draped in some way that won’t stretch it in any way. And voilà! Good as new!

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

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One response to “3/16/14

  1. Very impressed.

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