5/01/14: Details, details

Trunk shows from yarn companies offer a whole new way to enjoy FOs. You get to see a yarn put through its paces, in a variety of designs, and you don’t have to cast on a single stitch! Shibui’s latest Spring/Summer 2014 Mix Collection Trunk Show will be here at GYI May 8-22. Their sleek, elegant patterns are shown below, and if you’ve enjoyed the trunk shows we’ve hosted in the past, you know the pictures never do the actual garments justice. During the show all Shibui yarns will be 10% off with the purchase of 1-2 skeins, 20% off 3 or more skeins. Our newest Shibui yarn is Linen – wait ’til you see it as an FO!

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The title of this post is Details, details. Sometimes one FO picture just isn’t enough. One project can have so many fascinating elements. Get ready for a picture-heavy post.

Joan S. created her Boo Humbug from Boo Knits in Mimi, Lotus Yarn’s 100% cashmere fingering. From the first photo you might think it is a simple ruched scarf, but take a closer look…

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Those beads. That edging. One picture just wouldn’t have told the whole story. Lovely. Another lace shawl that I couldn’t seem to stop snapping was Jane’s Follow Your Arrow, Eleonore. Jane participated in Ysolda Teague’s recent mystery KAL, Follow Your Arrow. Written with “choose your own adventure” options, each of five clues came with two options for 32 possible combinations for the finished shawl. Jane definitely chose right every time.

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Sometimes the story the pictures tell is about stitches, sometimes about color. When Fran chose two shades of Plymouth’s self-striping Gina for her Inspira Cowlone very, very bright and one very, very pastel – and the absolutely fantastic result has more colors than can be counted.

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Marsha had three crayons in her box, so to speak, but just look at what she did with them. Here is her second divine Kinetic by Antonia Shankland in Shibui Cima, a 70% alpaca/30% merino lace weight that is held double throughout.

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Brigid, one of GYI’s newest knitters, also made a Kinetic cowl but chose the same Gina yarn Fran used in her Inspira. The result this time? The dynamic and dramatic cowl below. Brava, Brigid!

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Catherine’s Stitch Block Cowl comes from the Purl Bee. It combines three stitch patterns all involving knitting stitches in the row below. If a new technique sounds like fun, try this one with any of our soft and squishy worsteds, such as Manos del Uruguay Maxima or one of the Vintages (madelinetosh or Berroco).

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Sue took my class on moebius knitting, and she’s already made two gorgeous infinity loops, one each for summer and winter wear. On the left, Fleurtini, a cotton blend we stocked last year from Knit One, Crochet Too. On the right, a bright Borealis from Berroco striped with one of Sue’s darker stash yarns to great effect. The pattern is free from the Skacel Collection. I will be teaching this fascinating cast on again this summer if you’d like some hands on help with it.

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Here are two more infinity loop cowls, these from my needles. The yarns I used (and highly recommend!) are Schachenmayr Tweed Deluxe, left, and Francesca from Lana Vida, right. For moebius knitting all you need is a 47″ circular needle and a bit of patience at the start, and then you can sit back and enjoy the ride around the track.

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With just 3 skeins of Berroco Weekend DK Catherine whipped up this super sample of Jamie Thomas’ Lolita* for the shop. The yarn is a smooth, washable cotton/acrylic blend with a great price – $6.50 for 268 yards. Lolita is such a versatile pattern. Make it in tweed to wear with jeans and a turtleneck. Make it in this kind of light yarn, and you have a great piece to wear with a tee and summer slacks or shorts.

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Carolyn brought in three amazing FOs recently. First, Ysolda Teague’s Lauriel* cardigan in a beautiful sapphire shade of Trendsetter Merino VI, a DK weight. Talk about details – the twisted stitch ribbing, the leaf motifs circling the neckline that reappear at the hem, the under bust gathering, and the dozen buttons that are actually covering snaps. Of course, each button is placed perfectly and sewn on identically, and, of course, Carolyn looks great in it!

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Carolyn’s second FO was her Berroco Blackstone Tweed Chunky Taiga by Svetlana Volkova. She made numerous modifications (you can read all about them on her Ravelry project page), not least of all adding the zipper and making the sleeves longer to include the colorwork.

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The close-ups, below, show Carolyn’s precise and masterful technique.

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Finally, a delightful pair of sport weight socks Carolyn made for her husband in Cascade Heritage 150. As always, perfect to the last stitch.

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The final FO is Jill’s Camilla Blanket by Carrie Bostick Hoge. She used Penn State colors of Cascade 128 Superwash for the newest PSU football fan in their family. What an inspiring group of FOs this time around. Go team!

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

 

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