10/3/14: Let the fun and games begin!

Play time at Gosh Yarn It! started yesterday with the kick-off for Carolyn Kern’s KAL for her new shawl collection, Playground Shawls. This KAL is open to anyone anywhere – you don’t have to be a GYI in-store customer – and runs through November 30. You can pick your favorite of three designs (good luck!). Carolyn will be moderating a discussion thread in our Ravelry Group, answering questions on all the patterns. I took the liberty of swiping shots from her Ravelry page of (l. to r.) Cat’s CradleDouble Dutch, and Red Rover:

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Catherine has already completed both Double Dutch (top) and Cat’s Cradle (bottom) and kindly brought them in for us to drool over.

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10.01.14.11aCarolyn and I did a walk-through of the shop, finding yarn choices for this KAL: Frog Tree Pediboo, Fibre Company Canopy Fingering, tosh merino light, Dream in Color Jilly, Geilsk Tweed, Cascade Heritage, and Shibui Pebble or Cima held double. You could even use a DK weight or worsted; your shawl would be a bit bigger, that’s all. Carolyn has packed these designs with so many beautiful details. We hope you’ll come out and play!

Time for some early fall FOs. Catherine made this extra thick Jason’s Tweed Hat on US 8s and double-stranded Berroco Ultra Alpaca. Since my husband swears by the hat I made him last winter from the same yarn held singly, I know the lucky head that gets to wear Catherine’s hat is going to be warm.

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Geilsk Tweed was Catherine’s pick for her wool version of Antonia Shankland’s Shibui Linen L.1. Fine Australian wool makes such a generously-sized scarf comfortably soft. The stripes make it fun.

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In the last post before the class listings, I mentioned that our new Silk Blend from Manos del Uruguay was the go-to yarn for Jocelyn Tunney’s Mentolat* scarf. Just days later, Maude got a chance to model Joan’s spectacular Silk Blend Mentolat. Several luxurious yards of garter stitch make this an incredibly versatile wrap. I wish now I’d photographed it flat, so you could better see the six fantastic colors Joan picked and all of its 116″.

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Brigid’s Eidolon* from Lisa Mutch is delightfully airy, thanks in no small part to her laceweight Filigran yarn. It will be just as comfortable to wear as a shawl in the summer as fashionable to twist up as a scarf in the winter.

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Also from Brigid’s busy needles, this Quaker Yarn Stretcher, a pattern from Susan Ashcroft. The yarn is Crystal Palace Mochi+. This pattern can “stretch” 220 yards (more, if you like) of worsted yarn into a pretty shawlette. Knit on the bias, it wraps easily into a variety of attractive shapes.

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Alice chose a creamy white cotton/alpaca Berroco Maya for her dainty Saroyan, a free pattern from Liz Abinante. Knit in one piece from start to finish, Saroyan is a nice project for first time lace knitters and another good choice for a piece that can be worn year ’round.

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Here is another from Alice, her Merging Ripples in Shalimar Breathless. Kyoko Nakayoshi’s pattern uses short rows to create bold, graphic stripes and a graceful arc shape. Love those two colors together.

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Shelly let the colors of Plymouth Gina do the striping for her in her Old Shale Shawl by Amanda Clark. The yarn and pattern are a really great match, don’t you think? Shelly says the Gina was soft to work with and even softer to wear.

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Shelly made Joyce Fassbender’s Semi-Precious Shawl from merino/bamboo Frog Tree Pediboo, a yarn we love more each day. Considered a sport weight, it can be worked anywhere from a sock gauge of 8 sts/inch on a US 1 or 2 up to a 
sweater gauge of 5.5-6 sts/inch on a US 5 or 6.

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For this shawl with her “sport weight” yarn, Shelly used US 7s. Just look at those beautiful stitches.

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The final FO from Shelly is her very cute Phazelia’s Mitered Baby Jacket* in Opal sock yarn. Just 100 grams (440-460 yards) of sock yarn will make the smallest 3-6 month size. Bonus: the only seams to sew are in the sleeves, and you’re done.

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Here’s another adorable baby sweater, Portia’s Beatrix by Courtney Kelley. In order to get gauge with her worsted Berroco Vintage when the pattern called for a DK, she went down to US 3s. I wouldn’t have thought that a worsted would work up well on such wee needles, but the resulting fabric of the Vintage was absolutely amazing – soft, cushy, and cuddly.

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Kathy’s Nyx cowl from Norah Gaughan is luscious. It was knit flat of Berroco Blackstone Tweed and joined at the ends to create a loop cowl. Tweeds and cables are clearly made for each other.

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I’ve had my eye on the reversible Darkside Cowl for some time. That’s right – the stitch pattern is exactly the same on both sides – how nice is that? Sarah Fama’s pattern was written for an aran weight on US 7s, but I supersized it for our new cloud-soft Malabrigo Rasta, using 64 stitches and US 15s. Every stitch was a pleasure, even though my needle comfort zone usually ends around a US 10. Now that I’ve warmed up to working on such a large scale, I’m heading over to the new colors of Cascade Magnum that have just arrived with some US 19s for some Seriously Big Knitting!

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

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