7/07/14: Some stripes, all stars.

Beautiful June camp projects are visiting the shop for their portraits, while photos of others are arriving in emails. Once again (and we can’t say this too often) congratulations to all our campers! The drawing for prizes for campers completing June projects will be held at our July “campfire” on Thursday evening, July 17, at 7:00 p.m. We are thrilled that July enrollment is as robust as June’s and look forward to a “bump” in August, the start of prime gift stitching season. Come to Camp GYI, save 20% on yarn, get a chance to win prizes, AND check items off your gift list – priceless!

First up, Jane’s bright and cheery Montague Street Cowl* from designer Nina Machlin Dayton. Her yarn is Berocco Ultra Alpaca, and her buttons are ultra perfect for this project.

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Catherine chose five shades of Geilsk Tweed and improvised her pattern for this amazing stole. Striped shawls are so hot, hot, hot right now. I bet her pattern would be snapped up quickly if she were to offer it on Ravelry!

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Every customer working with the Geilsk Tweed fingering tells us it is incredibly soft after washing. You can see the comfortable drape in the next photo. If you think of tweeds as being “picky,” pick this one.

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Joan named her version of Antonia Shankland’s K.3  “Verrrrrry Long Linen Scarf” because the finished size was 32×80″. I think it’s wonderful that five skeins of Shibui Linen went that far! Her in-progress shot shows a small section of what must be a spectacular FO.

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When last we saw Alice’s K.3 in Shibui Pebble, it was cruising down the Danube and still on the needles. It’s now all finished and truly sehr schön.

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I’m really looking forward to seeing Joanne’s French Scarf* in person soon. This blocking shot just does not do justice to the quality of her knitting and her pretty combination of Lorna’s Laces Grace and Shibui Silk Cloud.

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Dona made this charming Not This Little Black Duck!* baby blanket from Simone Rees in Cascade 220 Superwash Sport. The intarsia technique keeps these ducklings floating happily in their pond, albeit in opposite directions. The expression “not this little black duck” was inspired by a Daffy Duck cartoon, says designer Rees, and is popular in her native Australia to describe someone confident enough to go his own way.

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Finally, Brigid’s sumptuous Churchmouse Easy Folded Poncho* in Shibui Baby Alpaca. She had 3 months to complete this camp project, but Brigid really put the hammer down and was finished within the month. Way to camp, Brigid!

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Shibui’s 3-ply Baby Alpaca is just about the finest on the market. Just look at these soft, elegant folds.

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The EFP pattern is simple to knit and easy to wear – a rectangle of stockinette is folded in half crosswise and partially seamed, leaving an opening for the neck. Picking up stitches for a cowl collar is optional. There are several more EFPs on the way to becoming FOs this summer, including my own Baby Alpaca version in olive green and Jill’s in madelinetosh vintage worsted. Seeing Brigid’s has inspired me to git r done!

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

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