6/24/15: It’s the real thing.

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The Summer Solstice Sunday afternoon made it official. For those of us who actually knit more on longer, warmer days, the arrival of “real” summer is welcome news!

If you still need to be convinced of the attraction of summer knitting, we hope Camp GYI, our virtual summer camp for knitters, crocheters, and weavers, will be a fun incentive to finish lots of projects before Labor Day. Camp perks include 20% savings on yarn plus chances to win GYI gift cards and other goodies.

You can choose your own pattern (“day camp”) or join a knit-along (“sleepaway camp”). The June session is winding down, with quite a few campers already telling us they’re done and can they sign up for one more before the end of the month? But of course! Every project completed on time earns you another chance in the drawing for our Grand Prize, a camp trunk filled with over $150 worth of yarn, project bags, patterns, books, and notions. July camp registration runs through the 8th, so there’s plenty of time yet to be a happy camper.

06.22.15.01 We cannot thank knitter par excellence Tina Woodward enough for moderating our June KAL!  If you loved her version of Silverleaf in the Black Bunny Camp GYI 2014 colorway (left), wait until you see her new shawl in silk Ito Kinu.

The July KAL is in the very creative hands of Shelly Strohl. Her pick is Stutzen* by Amanda Scheuzger. Shelly’s stunning Stutzen is shown below. Her yarn is Frog Tree Pediboo, a brand now retired but very soon to reappear on our shelves, unchanged except in name only, as Hikoo Sueño. Until then, we still have plenty of original Pediboo. Really any fingering weight yarn would be happy to be a Stutzen – perhaps our new shades of tosh merino light will inspire you?

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I may be getting ahead of myself, but I have pictures of our August KAL project, too. If your vacation/work schedule gives you the most time to stitch in August, you can look forward to Paper Lanterns

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06.23.15.02It’s a new, original design by Carolyn Kern, who will be our KAL moderator! While we can’t exactly match her yarn, a gift from the Rockin’ Sock Club for whom the pattern was originally created, we just received a box of Alegria from Manos del Uruguay (right), a great choice if you’d like “wild multi” yarn for your Paper Lanterns.

06.20.15.50Classic Elite has a new collection of artisinal yarns called Yarn and Soul. We have the debut yarn, Superfine 400. The name says it all: 400 yards of exquisitely soft and drapey superfine alpaca. You can pick the needle you want for the look you like because this beauty can be a fingering, a sport, or a DK weight. You’ll get great stitch definition from this round 3-ply yarn.

Jill just completed Janina Kallio’s Antarktis* using delicious Fibre Company Canopy Fingering in color Dragonfruit. Superfine 400 would be another great choice, but deciding between these two yarns won’t be easy.

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The design is simplicity itself and lovely wrapped as a shawl or a scarf.

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Jill’s been keeping my camera busy. Here is her Sand & Water by Suesan Roth in Shibui Heichi (worsted) and Linen (fingering). If you love the look of the Heichi, better get it quick – Shibui has discontinued it, and our inventory is getting low. Fear not, we have other equally fine yarn combinations to suggest.

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I posted pictures of Wanda’s Kite* on Facebook and Instagram and was immediately asked for more and bigger pictures. Happy to oblige.

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The grey yarns are Lotus Yarns Mimi with a dividing stripe of scarlet Katia Sevilla. Another pattern that’s very beginner-and wardrobe-friendly. The designer is Ann Klimpert.

Wanda’s June camp project was Easy Lace Poncho* by Diane Soucy in 4 shades of Berroco Folio. Berroco has a nice how-to video for weaving in your yarn ends, demonstrated in Folio. What a perfect summer topper.

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Wanda took 4 balls of Lana Grossa California and created this lovely shawl all on her own, sans pattern. It may not look it, but it’s nearly weightless.

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And one more lighter-than-air California shawl, this one from Brigid, McMilne Shawl* from Jane Richmond. It’ll have you California-dreaming.

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Luci’s camp project is one of our favorite free patterns. This is Janet Avila’s Summer Scarf. It took just 2 skeins of Shibui Linen.

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Joan, like Luci, likes Shibui Linen on her needles and, like Wanda, worked entirely without a pattern for this elegant shawl. Her colors are Tar and Blueprint. Beginning at the top neck edge, she increased her needle size as she knit, from US7 to 10 to 13. She named her design Bella Dona, and we would agree!

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Joan used a very baby boy-friendly shade of Liberty Wool for this cute cardigan, Easy Baby Cardigan* by Susan Mills, for a new young man in her life.

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Dona camped with our new Sirdar Spots DK yarn and a Sirdar pattern, Jacket No. 4568*. Not a very catchy name for such a sweet little sweater!

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Jill B. camped with Rowan Pure Wool and our very own shop pattern, the Which Way Hat*. For her 5- and 8-year-old grandchildren she adapted the hat pattern by eliminating the crown shaping and bound off to make neck gaiters, a safer alternative to scarves for little ones.

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We have a new shop sample to crow about, a Cascade 220 Superwash Sport Picot-Edge Baby Blanket*, fresh from its bath in Soak, but it could as easily have come straight from a washer and dryer. This Churchmouse pattern is easy and classic. Our version has a plain garter edge, not the picot edge, making it an even faster knit. Squeezably soft, 220 Sport is a great yarn for prayer shawls, too.

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Barbara had fun making the puppy from the Hikoo Caribou Critters* collection by CiD Hanscom. And how could I resist taking a picture of his waggy tail as well as his endearing face?

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The Self-Fringing Shawl* is another GYI shop pattern that works with just about any yarn. Renee combined Trendsetter Dune and Cin Cin, first in these hot tropical colors…

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…and then in these cool neutrals. Both would be glorious to be wrapped up in.

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Stephanie is a summer sweater lover. Classic Elite Sprout never looked better than in her  Short Sands Cardigan* from Susan Mills. Love that her buttons are such a perfect match and allow the lacey yoke to be the star.

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I’ll end with a shawl that so impressed Malabrigo they slurped Sharon’s photo straight from her Ravelry page and put it on their Instagram feed! Here is Sharon’s Cactus Flower* from Romi Hill in Malabrigo Sock. Beautiful.

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

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