8/27/14: End-of-Summer, Part 1

An announcement before the FO show starts. This summer at the shop we’ve been so busy that we were never able to squeeze in a summer clearance sale to make room for our fall yarns. With Labor Day a week away, we’re not only running out of room, we’re running out of summer! Announcing..

ONE BIG SUMMER SALE
SAVE 20-60% ON (almost) ALL YARN
Tuesday, August 26 – Saturday, September 6

Save 20% on all regular price yarn (with just a few exceptions) and 40-60% off on clearance yarn with plenty of new additions and new markdowns. Time to stock up and save for gift stitching!
Note: GYI will be CLOSED SATURDAY, AUGUST 30 of Labor Day Weekend

This has been one busy, busy summer of stitching for you, too. How can I tell? When I count up the project photographs that are finally ready to share, both completed camp and non-camp pieces, there are too many to pack into one post. I’m going to plan at least two posts this week. I hope that way to be caught up by Labor Day Weekend and the beginning of “traditional” stitching season, with its cooler, cozier, longer nights and those fast approaching holidays.

Let’s start with Joanne’s June camp project French Scarf,* a beautiful combination of Grace, a bouclé mohair from Lorna’s Laces, and Silk Cloud from Shibui. The designer is Ellene Warren. I can easily see this featherweight beauty worn as a cowl, wrapped three or even four times around the neck on a chilly day. Grace is 40% off during the sale, btw.

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Here is Alice’s K.3*, which we last saw floating down the Danube in June. Now back home, it’s done to perfection and modeled by Maude.

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A scarf this long, like the French Scarf, is so versatile because it’s practically weightless. The soft Shibui Pebble Alice chose, a blend of silk, fine merino, and cashmere, does the trick. Beautiful stitching helps, too!

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An amazing three sweaters – two linen and one wool – from Virginia are next. (The girl’s needles are on fiyah!) The first is the Astrid Linen Tunic, a free pattern and super easy to knit, according to Virginia. Be sure to click on that link because this sweater looks great worn over a tank or tee with jeans, as shown on the live model. This is one of those times I wish Maude were more than a torso. The yarn is M&K Linen, which just happens to be on sale right now, 60% off.

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Maude did much better with Virginia’s Irokata Tee*, a brand new design from Olgajazzy, a.k.a. Olga Buraya-Kefelian, in Shibui Linen.

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The pattern description says: This light summer linen tee is right on trend – [a] combination of color blocking and linear geometric lines incorporated into construction without need for intarsia. Worked absolutely flat, this design features dolman sleeve and dipped hem. It also uses a short-row technique for neckline shaping and color direction and as a result requires minimum finishing.
Sounds like it would be both fascinating and fun to knit. Clearly easy to wear.

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And here is Virginia’s classy Clear Creek Pullover in Dream in Color Jilly Fingering. The pattern is from the Fall 2013 issue of Interweave Knits (we have copies for sale) and was designed by Carol Feller. The hand-dyed Jilly makes such beautiful fabric.

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Mary Beth’s striking Barndom* was made with Cascade Heritage as the solid color yarn and Marks & Kattens Fame Trend as the gradient yarn. This Stephen West pattern becomes ultra sophisticated in Mary Beth’s pale, high-key palette.

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Another pale beauty is Joan T.’s Deviate* from Northbound Knitting’s Lisa Mutch. Joan created her own custom yarn by blending Shibui Cima in Ash with Claudia Hand Painted Yarn Silky Wool Lace in Silver Shimmer. The lightning bolt-like edging of stockinette alongside the main garter section make this an eye-catching shawl to knitters and n0n-knitters alike.

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Returning to full color, here is another elegant shawl of Joan’s, Theresa Gaffey’s Stole* in Isager Alpaca 2. Nine bright colors of this merino/alpaca fingering make for one wonderfully wearable wrap. Again, with fabric so fine, as with Alice’s K.3 and Joanne’s French Scarf, there’s no reason not to wear this scrunched around the neck as a cowl.

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Speaking of necks, Jane’s Boson Cowl from Courtney Spainhower would be a lovely way to ward off a cool breeze or just to wear to add a pop of color to your fall wardrobe. The yarn is our new Canopy Fingering from Fibre Company, an alpaca/merino/bamboo blend that is smooth, light, and sooooo soft. And look at the great stitch definition. The pattern is in the Accessories 2014 issue of Knitscene, copies of which are still available at the shop.

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Tina used sock yarn from Black Bunny Fibers, dyed by our homegirl Carol Sulcoski, for these pretty Isabella D’Este socks by Jayme Stahl from Clara Parkes’ Knitter’s Book of Socks. Lucky feet that get to wear these.

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Tina’s Copperwood*, a design by Rosemary (Romi) Hill, was knit in Shibui Silk Cloud. What can I say? Tina’s lace knitting skills eloquently speak for themselves.

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Molly sent these two lovely pictures of herself modeling her completed Mix No. 14*, a Shibui pattern from Shellie Anderson in Cima held double, and Regatta Tee by Olga Casey from Interweave Knits, Summer 2013… and, yes, we still have copies of that issue, too!

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That’s all the FOs I can squeeze into this first post. More to come later in the week. Please stay tuned. I’ll close with this happy new shop sample of Jill’s in Silk Blend from Manos del Uruguay, a lustrous DK blend of – you guessed it – silk and merino. We now stock over a dozen colors, so if you’d like to make a 7 Color Scarf of your own, you can have fun picking your palette. A copy of Antonia Shankland’s pattern is our gift to you with your purchase.

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

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