7/01/14: Summer stitching in high gear.

June Camp is now just a happy memory. July Camp is off and running! I think I could hear needles clicking right up until midnight. Congratulations to all our June campers for giving it their all, particularly to everyone who finished one or more of their 30-day projects and one who finished what was to have been an all-summer project in 30 days. There’s still plenty of time to sign up for July camping even if you didn’t “attend” in June. Full details are in this post.

Many of June’s FOs have visited the shop in the last few days. One that went on a European vacation was Alice’s K.3* by Antonia Shankland in Shibui Pebble, seen here in progress cruising down the Danube.

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Marsha finished her project in California. Here is her ultra-sophisticated Shibui Linen Summer Scarf. She added a few repeats to make it longer and a third color to make it more stole than scarf.  Très chic, n’est-ce pas?

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Edie is one of our out-of-town campers. She sent us a snap of her snappy Caroline Hat in Weekend DK, a cotton/acrylic blend, sure to keep her feeling cool and looking cool.

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Susan, another of our long-distance campers, created this inspiring Inspira, the “Mesa Rock” variation, with 4 skeins of Gina from Plymouth.

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Dolly’s Dijon*, designed by Coralie Meslin, is a delightful contemporary fair isle pullover. Her blue is Berroco Vintage. The fair isle section is a shade of variegated Liberty Wool Paints. I love this effect and – props to Dolly – can’t wait to try it myself!

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Mary Beth’s Goodale* cardigan from Cecily Glowik MacDonald is made with Geilsk Tweed fingering weight. She sent this picture in an email and wrote, “the yarn bloomed after blocking [to be] very soft.” It was clearly the right yarn choice for this on-trend design.

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Sharon zipped through this pair of Helix Socks from the book Brave New Knits using Austermann Step 6 sport weight yarn. The photo doesn’t do justice to the overall pattern of spiraling left twist stitches, which is sure to turn heads.

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Wanda camped with Carolyn Kern’s original pattern Jemma Cowl*. Her yarn is the smooth wool/silk Shibui Staccato. She added a few extra repeats to add length and make more of a good thing even better.

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Vigneto* is an asymmetrical shawl pattern from Judy Marples. Vigneto is Italian for “vineyard,” and the designer says, when worn, the rows of grapevines curve becomingly around your shoulders and then sprout into leaves. Stephanie named her version in madtosh merino light after the 19th c. hymn Lovely Vine:

Behold a lovely vine
Here in this desert ground,
The blossoms shoot and promise fruit
And tender grapes are found.

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It is indeed lovely! The color is Huechera, also Tina’s choice for her Wee Liesl* by Ysolda Teague. It isn’t often we get to see different projects at the same time worked in the same yarn. This sweet, sweet baby cardigan in a feather-and-fan pattern coordinates perfectly with Kate Gagnon Osborn’s Florence booties and cap from the book Kelbourne Woolens Baby Collection, so, of course, Tina whipped up all three as a set from a single skein.

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Tina started her Loren shawl by Gudren Johnston in February but found time to complete it in June at the same time as her camp projects. (Her Loggia cowl appeared in the last post.) She chose Shibui lace weight Cima, which has just the right amount of twist to showcase her beautifully precise stitching.

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Sue has been dabbling in illusion knitting, in which a “hidden” design can be seen only when the piece is held at just the right angle. Sue used Cascade 220 Superwash Sport for her little quackers, which show up quite well when viewed from above or below and only a little bit straight on (right).

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Jill B. finished her Simply Squared* from Chris de Longpré shortly before camp ended. Her yarn is madtosh vintage worsted. I took a picture of her sweater fresh off the needles and unblocked; I can’t wait to see her wearing it!

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The magnificent stole below came from Linda’s loom. She used Blue Heron Cotton Rayon Seed in Old Gold, Shibui Linen in Brass, and Handmaiden Double Sea Silk in Gold, so it’s no surprise she named her project Golden Summer Wrap.

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The drape of this handwoven fabric is soooo luxurious.

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Although shown in the last post on their blocking boards, I couldn’t resist giving you another look at Shelly’s superb shawls Lithos (left) in Freia Ombre and Arlington* (right) in Fame Trend.

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Shelly’s third finished camp project is this spectacularly striped pair of socks in Holiday FlockSock sock yarn. They must have been as much fun to knit as they will be to wear.

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There are non-camp projects, too. Tina’s daughter Portia returns to the blog with this  Stovetop* hat by Alexa Ludeman in Berroco Vintage. Cables, moss stitch, and a comfy slouchy shape make this a great gift hat, as wearable on the ski slopes as at bus stops.

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Molly finished her Churchmouse Easy Folded Poncho* in Cascade Eco Alpaca and shared these pictures with us. This pattern just happens to be one of our 3-month camp projects. Molly makes it look easy and elegant.

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Here is Molly’s Simple Shibori Cowl* from Gina Wilde in Alchemy Silken Straw and Sanctuary. Feather-and-fan appears again here, but kicked up a notch with these very glamorous yarns. As the designer says, one fiber felts while the other relaxes and flows, resulting in a dramatic rippled cowl. Couldn’t have said it better myself.

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On the subject of yarns with amazing super powers, ITO Tetsu is silk wrapped stainless steel and ITO Kinu is a raw organic silk lace weight. In this wisp of a scarf, Hakusa* by Kirsten Johnstone, the two are held together save at the very edge where the stainless steel is used alone. The result is anything but wiry. The fabric can hold a soft shape. Give it a scrunch and it will stay  scrunched. Smooth it out again and it stays flat. Pretty neat!

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Our first orders of Maxima and Silk Blend from Manos del Uruguay were so well received that both are returning with full palettes for Fall 2014. Brigid just couldn’t wait, though, so we were happy to place a special order for her of Silk Blend. Manos ships all their yarns in big, squishy bundles of ten skeins. Brigid is having so much fun with her bundle, she may never cast on…

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E.T.A. We made a quick call to Fairmount Fibers, distributors of Manos del Uruguay, and learned that the women of the cooperatives in Uruguay often refer to these yarn bundles as “muñecas” – baby dolls!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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One response to “7/01/14: Summer stitching in high gear.

  1. joan e. thompson

    Best blog ever!!!

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