6/18/14: A postcard from camp.

Greetings from Camp Gosh Yarn It! A longer than usual post today because I have the first finished camp projects to show you, as well as lovely FOs from some of our non-campers, and even a few new shop samples to show off. First, however, a quick word about a brand new yarn from Windham, Maine that has us pretty excited.

Allow me to introduce Sebago. And I do mean introduce because this yarn is new to the whole world, not just us. We stopped by the Knit One Crochet Too booth at the trade show last month, when a soft machine washable DK was still on our shopping list… and there it was. Picking a palette of a dozen colors of this incredibly soft 100% Australian merino wool, above, was easy.

I swatched Sebago as soon as it was out of the box. On a US6 needle, my gauge was an even, consistent 6 stitches to the inch. It’s always so nice to work with a yarn you can count on. Sebago joins our 21 colors of fingering weight Alpaca 2 from Marianne Isager and 20 colors of sport weight Tweed from Geilsk as one of the new kids on the Gosh Yarn It! block.

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Blow the camp bugle for the first June camp FOs! Brigid’s Effin* from four balls of colorful Trendsetter CinCin was the absolute first project completed in Summer Camp 2014. Since Brigid is one of our newest knitters, this is an impressive accomplishment!

She didn’t even let her needles cool down before starting this wonderful Honey Cowl with Zen Yarn Garden Serenity DK. The Antonia Shankland pattern is free from madelinetosh. This classic cowl could be your go-to infinity loop pattern.

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Tina’s first camp project was this ethereal Loggia cowl from Åsa Tricosa using two Shibui yarns held together, Cima and Silk Cloud. I laid the cowl flat, below right, to show off the beautiful pattern. Tina’s already finished a second camp project, Ysolda Teague’s Wee Liesl* cardigan sweater, which will have to wait for a future post. (It’s so cute!)

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Shelly’s first camp FO is this glowing Arlington*, designed by Emily Ross. Her yarn is Fame Trend from Marks & Kattens. Shelly sent us this shot of her shawl blocking; I hope we’ll get to see it “in the stitch” soon. Like Brigid, Shelly was off to her second camp project as soon as her Arlington was done…

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…and here is finished project #2, her Lithos by Maggie Fangmann. Shelly chose another bright gradient yarn, Freia ombre lace weight. Stunning! Again, I can’t wait to see Shelly’s fine lace stitchery up close.

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Gina has knit enough socks that she can work without a pattern. Below, her mama and baby socks knit from a single skein of Cascade Heritage 150 Paints sport weight. At a generous 492 yards, this yarn made a project and a half. I love how the colors “pool” on the adult socks but only stripe a little on the child size.

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Those are all the camp projects I’ve been able to photograph so far, and there’s still plenty of June left. Time for some shop samples to make their debuts and to showcase finished projects from non-camping customers.

Luna from Cascade is one of our new yarns for summer 2014. It’s a soft, nubbly worsted weight cotton, sampled here in Diane Soucy’s Basic Shell*. Nothing like pure cotton and a clean, classic silhouette to help you keep your cool.

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Churchmouse Yarns’ Magic Three-Yarn Scarf*would be an ideal first project for a new knitter and a super stash buster for a veteran. From the pattern notes:

[this] lengthwise scarf takes advantage of the fact that, if you start with three yarns and change yarn every row, the next one you need will always be waiting right where you need it—as if by magic! Because you’re changing yarns every row, you get a beautifully integrated fabric (not too stripey) with no wrong side.

(Now why didn’t I think of that?) Jill used one skein each of Shibui Baby Alpaca DK, Lorna’s Laces Grace, and Fibre Company Acadia for this jazzy version. As with our shop pattern Cowl of Many Colors, we’d be happy to help you pick a palette of three yarns or coordinate with something from your stash. This pattern is definitely novelty yarn friendly.

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Speaking of novelty yarn, we’ve brought back Hikoo Caribou, a sellout from Winter 2013-14. This fluffy, cuddly yarn is ideal for trims on accessories or baby garments and blankets but really shines in – what else? – stuffed toys. Meet our newest sweetheart, Jill’s Caribou Bear*.

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On the adorability scale, Sue’s Elijah*, designed by Ysolda Teague, is also way, way up there! The yarn is Cascade 220 Superwash Sport.

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One more baby ready FO: Jill’s Honeycomb by Nikki Van de Car in madeline tosh vintage in Scarlet. Worked from the center out, this one doesn’t have to stop at crib size. You could just keep adding rows for a cozy lap blanket or throw.

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Alice used madelinetosh tosh merino light, appropriately enough, for her Light and Up, a free pattern on Ravelry from designer Carolyn Wiens. This delicate shawl will be perfect after sunset, when the cooler night breezes begin to blow.

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We haven’t seen Marcia in awhile, and when she came in recently, she came with not one but three gorgeous finished pieces. First, her Raven Shawlette from Rilana Riley-Munson’s book Once Upon a Knit, in Blue Ridge Yarns Footprints. The fabric is just incredible – it barely looks like knitting.

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Next, the fresh-as-a-daisy Spring Tuck* from designer Rose Ann in Leaf tosh merino light. Are you starting to get a sense of how much Marcia loves lace knitting?

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Finally, Marcia’s Carrie* by Renee Leverington, a.k.a. Goddess Knits. The yarn, Dream in Color Everlasting. The shawl, spectacular.

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Here is Stephanie’s luxurious version of Follow Your Arrow, Ysolda Teague’s recent mystery KAL. Stephanie knit it in Titus, the brilliant British fingering weight that’s 50% wensleydale longwool, 20% bluefaced leicester, and 30% UK alpaca. With 32 different possible clue combinations, you really won’t have to worry that your Follow Your Arrow will look like anyone else’s.

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Joanne received some of our Noro Silk Garden as a gift and made this great topdown cardigan.

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Isn’t that button band perfect? No pinches or puckers – no easy trick!

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Time to wrap up this post the same way I got it going, with projects from Tina and Brigid. Here is Tina’s amazing test knit for Emily Wessel of Tincan Knits of her Gothic Lace Cowl, a free pattern. Tina’s yarn is Winter Wheat madeline tosh vintage, one of Emily’s recommended yarns. Emily always matches her patterns with helpful video tutorials; “Let’s Knit Lace” is offered for Gothic Lace, here.

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06.14.14.10Brigid wore her Trendsetter Phoenix stole to her son’s graduation last weekend, and it drew many admiring compliments. Easy to see why! The yarn is still available from us as a special order. (This Trendsetter pattern is very reminiscent of Vanessa Carter’s Sunday Market Shawl and Anna Maliszewski’s Dummy Clap, a riff on the the iconic Clapotis from Kate Gilbert.) Brava, Brigid!

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There’s still plenty of time to register for July Camp. Start by picking a knitting, crochet, or weaving design that calls for 300 or more yards of yarn. Purchase all the yarn you’ll need for the project from the Gosh Yarn It! “camp store” and receive the 20% camp discount. Let us know your project details, start working on it no earlier than July 1 (or August 1 for August Camp), then let us know before the end of the month when you’re done. If you can finish additional projects before the month ends, you can earn additional yardage for yourself and your bunk mates. There are prizes for individual campers and the members of the bunk using the most yarn throughout the summer. Complete details are here on our Ravelry group Summer Camp page.  Attend “virtual camp” with us this summer and enjoy your real finished projects forever!

*All patterns marked with an asterisk (*) available at Gosh Yarn It!

 

 

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