6/3/14: FOs in the spotlight.

The first FOs from camp will start to appear any day now. The FOs I have for you today have been waiting in the wings far too long while camp and class news took center stage. Finally, it’s time for them to take their bows.

Rose D. sent these two photos of the lined, felted tote bag she made with Cascade Lana Grande. Très chic, don’t you think? And so beautifully finished!

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Sally has every reason to be smiling – her Linen Top, designed by Kat Coyle, is absolutely stunning in Tahki Ripple, an aran weight cotton that’s been one of our favorites for years now. This simple side-to-side top (a free pattern) is usually seen in a lighter weight yarn, such as Louet Euroflax or Shibui Linen. Using Ripple was a brilliant idea!

Here’s another sweater success story: Suzanne’s bell-sleeved pullover from just two balls of Filatura di Crosa Superior, a cashmere/silk/merino lace weight. She said she altered the original DROPS pattern heavily, changing both the sleeves and neckline. Can’t imagine how it would have looked originally – her modifications are great! I love the folded picot hem, adding just the right amount of weight to this featherweight tunic.

On the subject of fascinating fabrics, here is Paulette’s amazing crocheted wrap in Cascade Ultra Pima. (The pattern came from her collection; sorry – no title or designer’s name available.) The stole was a super comfortable weight, with a silky, soft hand thanks to the pima cotton.

And look at this gorgeous fabric. From a distance, it looks as though it might be a variation of a ripple pattern, but it’s actually interlaced chains. Brava, Paulette!

Joanne O. snagged one of our last skeins of Blue Heron’s hand dyed Rayon Seed and created this elegant Effin Scarf*. Loretta McCollough’s design, its name notwithstanding, remains a favorite at GYI, and it’s easy to see why. Simple to make, simple to wear. What’s not to love?

This is definitely not your mother’s garter stitch.

And neither is this beauty… here is Joan T.’s Clinquant* by Lisa Mutch. She chose two shades of HPKY Precious for this absolutely stunning shawl that starts out as a semi-circle of garter stitch with drop stitch accents and ends in an edging of soft points.

Joan married pattern and yarn perfectly. The silk in the fiber makes it shine like gold.

Joan shared three FOs with us, and here’s #2 – her fantastic Honey Cowl in Madelinetosh Vintage Worsted in Pop Rocks. This free pattern by our friend Antonia Shankland (who happens to also be our Madelinetosh sales rep)  is a classic design that should be on your To-Do list for this fall. A simple slip stitch repeat makes it a fun and fast knit, with almost 16,000 projects on Ravelry. I think Joan knit this in a day!

This is the final FO from Joan, modeled by Jill. Ombre Cowl Hood, another free pattern on Ravelry, is another favorite pattern here at GYI. Joan selected three pretty pastel shades of 100% mink Mimi yarn from Lotus Yarns, and whipped up this 100% knockout of a cowl in no time.

Staying with cowls, here is Carolyn Kern’s original design, Jemma Cowl*. Carolyn will be teaching a class on Saturday, August 2 for this pattern. Jemma, tapered from top to bottom, is a graceful and comfortable cowl to wear. Three progressive needle sizes are used, with no increasing or decreasing. Wouldn’t it be fun to make a Jemma with the designer?

We don’t get to see many collaborative FOs, but here is Jill’s/Marsha’s Kinetic, another Antonia Shankland original design, in Shibui Cima. As in the Ombre Cowl Hood above, two colors are blended to create the appearance of a third color. Another for that To-Do list, perhaps?

The graceful cardigan below is all Jill’s handiwork, an Effortless Cardigan* by Hannah Fettig. I don’t think I’ve ever heard her say the knitting of it was effortless, but the wearing certainly will be!

I’m not going to sugar coat it – Shibui Linen isn’t an easy yarn to fall in love with in the skein. It’s actually a bit crunchy. But wash this 100% linen chainette yarn, and it’s a whole different story. As soon as I’d finished my Summer Scarf by Janet Avila, I tossed it in with a load of towels and washed it in hot water and dried it in the drier on high heat. No blocking at all. I plan on repeating the process, too!

I made two slight mods to the original Summer Scarf pattern: I gave up knitting into the back loop of the knit stitches quite early in the project and worked the pattern as a plain 12×12 rib. Also, when it came time to change colors, I worked the first row of the new color as a knit even row, not a rib. The rib pattern was resumed on the following row. Why? No “icky dots”.

No changes were made to my Cedar Leaf Shawlette*. I knit it just as Alana Dakos wrote it. It may look complicated, but it’s actually a very intuitive pattern.  The “leaves” are worked as the bind-off to a crescent shawl shaped by short rows.  Yup, that’s Madelinetosh dk in Tart, and I loved every minute working with it.

The good news is there will be more madtosh dk arriving in the shop soon, before the end of the summer. Jill has arranged for mini-collections of colorways to arrive bi-monthly in sweater quantities. We hear you, tosh lovers!

With the last FO we go to the dogs – Sue P.’s adorable little doxie from Knit Your Own Dog by Sally Muir and Joanna Osborne. The yarn used was whatever best matched the real life dachshund. This little guy couldn’t have been more than 6″ from nose to tail but oh so cute.

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



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