9/01/14: End-of-Summer, Part 3

It’s finally Labor Day. Despite the title of this and the preceding two posts, I prefer not to think of today as being an “official” end of summer, rather the beginning of a new season. We may not have to change our wardrobe any time soon (it’s supposed to be near 90ºF by Friday), but the stitching seasons are definitely changing.

Camp Gosh Yarn It! closed down at midnight last night, and many of today’s FOs are camp projects. And I’ve been told that much of the yarn being snapped up at our clearance sale that continues through Saturday, Sept. 6th is destined for gift-knitting. So, with those hints that autumn is not far off, enjoy this harvest of beautiful summer stitching.

At the beginning of the summer Carolyn stocked up on Shibui Linen for a Die Cut Vest, a pattern by Sara Morris from knit.wear, Spring 2013. Here it is on Maude, and I’m loving all the different ways it can be worn.

Count on Carolyn for consistently precise stitches and expert finishing.

She said that the Linen in Ash goes with everything she wears, and she’s getting a lot of use out of it. Her Die Cut Vest wasn’t her only summer project that hasn’t spent much time in the closet, though. Here is her Vine Street by Amy Herzog, another Interweave pattern, published in Knitscene, Summer 2013.

The yarn is Fibre Company Canopy Fingering in a pinky-coral called Guava. A light blend of alpaca, merino, and bamboo, the sweater was made to be worn to a summer wedding. As Carolyn wrote in her project notes on Ravelry, I do not know why I don’t knit more often with colors like this. It is so pretty to look at in my hands! As someone who wears more neutrals than colors, I can say that more of us could follow Carolyn’s lead and happily stitch more color into our lives.

Rosebud HatI have to put in a plug here for Carolyn’s own original designs. Her latest Rosebud Hat, rightis featured in Interweave Knits, Gifts 2014. It’s in the top ten most favorited patterns in that issue. (Click on the link and give it a heart♥ right now; I’ll wait ’til you get back…)

Beth, below, is clearly comfortable wearing color and used a delightful coral shade of Ultra Pima from Cascade for her summer sweater. I think this Lace Tunic 2466* is the right pattern. A hot color like this can cool you right down!

Summer is such an easy time to wear brights. A wisp of a scarf may be all you need, one like Marsha’s Summer Scarf that mixes Apple, Poppy, and Ash Shibui Linen. Maude just happened to be wearing her pumpkin-colored Luna tank that day, and the combo really swings.

Echoing Carolyn’s vest, Jeanne’s Summer Scarf celebrates cool neutrals. Again, Shibui Linen. Again, absolutely fabulous.

Linda’s little slip of a scarf came off her loom rather than her needles. She used our ITO silk Kinu and stainless steel/silk Tetsu. The fine strands of Tetsu held with the Kinu were just enough to allow Linda to give this incredible scarf a fashionable scrunchy twist.

Wanda took her Kinu and Tetsu project in a completely different direction. Her Shrug is by Adele Cutten from her Grace & Style collection. The scarlet Tetsu adds just the right amount of weight and crinkle to the sleeves of this piece that is otherwise silky smooth and weightless.

She mixed yarns again for her spectacular Shell Dance Capelet by Jane Thornley, a free pattern on Ravelry. In the mix are Dream in Color Jilly, Lorna’s Laces Solemate, and Trendsetter Cin Cin and Dune. Call me crazy, but I look at this and get a very strong Cézanne vibe…

Paul Cézanne, Le Mont Sainte Victoire, 1904

Ann Marie was happy to model her Hitofude Cardigan* made with madelinetosh merino light. She told me, as she bought more yarn for a second one, that it’s a really fun pattern to knit. Since designer Hiroko Fukatsu’s pattern notes say “hitofude” means a single brush stroke in Japanese, [and] this open front cardigan with an allover lace pattern is worked in one “yarn stroke” – a continuous strand without cutting the yarn, I can see why it would be fun!

Alice chose a hand-dyed Black Bunny Fibers fingering weight for her Honey Cowl (the original Antonia Shankland pattern calls for a DK)The Honey Cowl happens to work beautifully with many different yarn weights, with only slight adjustments to needle size and number of cast on stitches. Alice’s “light” version is big on style.

For another project, Alice created her own custom bulky weight yarn to make Suzanne Shaw’s Color Block Bias Wrap* by holding Berroco Maya, a cotton/alpaca worsted, with a strand of Shibui Cima, an alpaca/merino lace.

Maya is a chainette yarn, almost more air than fiber. The darker strand of Cima adds a tweedy look without adding any weight. Since both yarns start out very soft, the finished stole is as comfortable as it is attractive. (There’s still enough Maya on the sale table to make one of your own, just sayin’…)

Alice herself is shown here wearing one of Joan T.’s glamorous Northboundknitting lace weight shawls, Eidolon* by Lisa Mutch, in Zitron Filigran. Just looking at that red can give you an energy surge!

Edie finished her Ishbel* for camp earlier in the summer and sent us this picture of it being blocked. Her red yarn is Bahia. I hope she’ll also send an “action shot.”


Stephanie created quite a sensation when she brought her McMilne Shawl* in last Saturday. The madelinetosh tosh vintage in Hickory was flying out the door. Simple but elegant, it’s easy to see why it was such an instant hit. The design is by Jane Richmond. Yes, we do still have some skeins of Hickory, and they’re even 20% off during the sale.

Cheryl’s delicate Bermuda Scarf* is worked in Freia Ombré Lace, and the lighter yarn and longer color runs really give the Bermuda an entirely new look.

Another of Marsha’s JoAnne Turcotte baby blankets appeared in the last post. She is positively churning them out! This one is clearly for a very sophisticated baby in a cosmopolitan palette of charcoal and ivory Berroco Vintage.

I have one last FO today that is as good a reason as any to enjoy saying adios to summer. Tina just finished one of Shibui’s new Fall 2014 designs, Mix No. 34* by Susan Lawrence. The yarns are the luxurious Staccato and Silk Cloud. The fabric, like nothing I’ve seen before.

The pattern description says, a study in opposites, the undulating edges of this cowl provide contrast for the dimensional, textured surface that is formed by angular stitch patterns and linear decreases. OK. I’ll just say wow.

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



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