07/14/15: Summer half started and projects all finished.

07.13.15.01Yours truly is beach blogging. Before I left for the shore, I was asked what knitting I would be taking with me. That’s always my hardest packing decision. I chose three projects: Deep End* in Shibui Pebble for easy car knitting; Moko-Moko Cowl* in Hikoo Simplinatural (right), requiring more concentration; and a project in Berroco Fuji that is an experiment of mine that will be unveiled if/when it turns out to work. Did I bring too many? Too few? I’ll let you know what progress is made, if any. There’s lots to do in a beach house with a dozen people spread out over three generations. I hope you have a happy vacay or staycay in your future, too.

We’ve almost reached summer’s halfway point, which means it’s time to celebrate the many, many completed camp and non-camp projects that have already visited the shop. You’ve really proven summer is prime stitching time, and it’s never too hot to stitch.

Our June Camp KAL, under the expert direction of our moderator Tina, yielded absolutely beautiful Silverleaf* shawls. Here’s is Sharon’s in Knitwhits Freia Ombré Lace with turquoise beads (and matching tresses)…

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Shelly’s in Zen Yarn Garden Serenity Silk+…

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Catherine’s in Dream in Color Jilly Lace, also with beads…

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and Tina’s second Silverleaf in silk ITO Kinu. Masterpieces all!

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Mary Beth wore her striking Batad* in one day last month. Here is Maude doing the modeling. The pattern comes from Stephen West; her yarns are Zen Yarn Garden Serenity Silk+ and Wonderland Cheshire Cat.

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The same day we were also treated to Kathy’s elegant Moulin Rouge* from Kirsten Kapur in Berroco Folio.

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Cheryl chose Knitwhits Freia Ombré laceweight for her Reverse Psychology* from Mindy Ross.

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She mentioned finishing before being able to work with much of the lightest shade of green in the yarn. Here’s a shot of all that was left over.

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In addition to her Silverleaf, Shelly completed a trio of projects in three different shades of burgundy. First, a spectacular Fiori Di Sole* by Rosemary (Romi) Hill in Jilly Lace…

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an original lace pattern scarf in baa ram ewe Titus…

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…and Stellaria by Susanna IC in DK weight Knit One Crochet Too Sebago.

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Shelly shared yet one more summer FO, a Follow Your Arrow 2* shawl. For Ysolda Teague’s intricate choose-your-own-design she chose Blue Nile madelinetosh merino light.

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Tina didn’t stop knitting after her Silverleaf, either. This dramatic stole in black Louet KidLin is Tattoo from Kristeen Griffin-Grimes. The pattern can be found in her book, French Girl Knits Accessories: Modern Designs for a Beautiful Life.

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Tina’s daughter Portia had a busy June, too. Her pretty Lodgepole Cowl* was made with Rowan Pure Wool Worsted. The design comes from Sara Gresbach. Looks like it would make a very good first stranded colorwork project.

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Maria was asked to create a baby blanket like one seen on Pinterest. Based on Lisa Hoffman’s pattern Pumpkin Patch from 60 Quick Baby Blankets, she whipped up this adorable plaid-lined blanket with Berroco Vintage in white and beige. We have the book in the shop if you’d like to make one for a special someone in your life!

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The next FO is worth singing about: the Cantare Cowl* in Berroco Ultra Alpaca from Jane. It’s an easy-to-wear infinity loop from Nina Machlin-Dayton that showcases different stitch patterns.

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Linda M. combined a black Hikoo Kenzie with a multicolored Black Bunny Fibers yarn in this amazing scarf woven in the log cabin pattern.

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Linda W. knit her cheery Ellison Bay in Cascade Ultra Pima cotton. This Paula Emons-Fuessle design is a stylish, practical shawl.

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And here is yours truly wearing our new shop sample of the cowled version of the Easy Folded Poncho*. Adding the cowl added only two more nights to the knitting. Since I plan to wear it once fall comes, having the extra warmth from all that soft Shibui Baby Alpaca DK is going to be very nice!

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

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