10/14/14: Shibui Mix Trunk Show in the house.

As much as we love yarn in balls, hanks, and skeins, nothing beats getting to see it made into  a finished garment. Naturally, we’re big fans of trunk shows, which deliver a selection of knitted samples all at once. A great one is here now: Shibui’s Mix Collection for Fall/Winter 2014 will be at GYI through the 25th.

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Top row: Mix No. 33, Mix No. 32
Bottom row: Mix No. 34, Mix No. 31

All the designs in the trunk show mix multiple strands of Shibui yarns within a single project. Sometimes two strands of the same yarn are held together. Sometimes different yarns are combined. You are invited to do some mixing of your own at our Shibui Mix Party, Thursday, October 16th, 6-8 p.m.

No reservations necessary and no charge. Just bring your favorite needles in the US 4-9 range. We’ll be “serving” samples of all our Shibui yarns for you to stitch up as you like. There will be Shibui look books and swatches for inspiration, door prizes, mulled wine, and free patterns, too. Come mix it up with us!

During the trunk show, save 20% when you purchase or order Shibui yarn for any Mix Collection pattern.

There’s a small but spectacular collection of customers’ FOs this time around. Let’s start with a pattern that’s a GYI favorite. Debbie used madeline tosh vintage for her delightful Bubble Wrap Cowl* by Antonia Shankland.

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Bonnie used 10 skeins of Cascade Magnum and US 19s for the ultimate afghan.

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She improvised her design, using one skein per stripe. The final size is 60 x 60″. Magnum is 100% Peruvian Highland Wool spun into an airy single strand, so it may look weighty, but it is surprisingly light and extremely soft.

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Here is Brigid’s stitch-perfect Cane Bay Wrap* from Sarah Smuland. Her yarn is Cascade Eco Cloud, an aran weight chainette yarn, 70% merino wool/30% alpaca, an ideal pick for this lovely all-over lace pattern.

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Papyrifera is the name of Cheryl’s amazing shawl of Jaggerspun Zephyr lace weight, below. This intricate pattern, studded with tiny crystal beads, was created by Gisela Beyer. (I just had to look up the name; it refers to Betula Papyrifera, the White Birch, a native tree of North America.)

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Jill fell in love with Lori Versaci’s pattern Carnaby Baby* instantly, but waited to make it until just the right yarn came along: Pediboo from Frog Tree. It’s worth mentioning again that Pediboo, a wool/bamboo sport weight, is incredibly versatile, capable of a sock gauge of 8 sts/inch on a US 1-2, all the way up to a 
sweater gauge of 5.5-6 sts/inch on a US size 5-6, as in Carnaby Baby. This little darling currently lives at the shop, so you can feel Pediboo’s lustrous hand for yourself.

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

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