8/04/15: What a busy summer we’re having!

Gosh Yarn It! is always a pretty colorful place, but we’re positively blooming these days. Our order of Cheshire Cat fingering/sock weight washable merino arrived from Frabjous Fibers’ Wonderland Yarns. We have four (4!) shelves filled with 512 yard/4 oz. skeins in 20 hand-dyed solid shades and four (4!) shelves of mini-skein packs of gradient and mixed color assortments, each adding up to a whopping 640 yards to play with. But they’re going fast!

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We put together a “look book” of pattern suggestions for the mini-skeins. I stopped after adding 30 or so – there are so many stripe- and ombré-friendly patterns on Ravelry! Going through my photos taken at the Wonderland booth at the TNNA trade show this past spring, I found one more. Here’s my picture of Cynthia Cushing, owner of Lakeside Yarns in Excelsior, Minnesota:

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She is wearing her own design Art by the Lake: The Scream Wrap*. (Jill just pretends she doesn’t know me when I stop complete strangers and gush, I love your scarf! May I take your picture?) It would be very easy to adapt the pattern’s four stripe colors to Wonderland’s five. Such an elegant, wearable design. No wonder she looks so happy.

Also seen at the Wonderland booth, Stephanie Shiman’s worsted weight Scowl (below, top) with buttons that match the stripes. Love it! Wouldn’t this be a sweet idea for a baby’s cardigan sweater? Or why not give the same button treatment to Elizabeth Smith’s Coastal Gradient* cowl (below), which is in our Cheshire Cat look book.

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Our shop sample of Cheshire Cat is Iszara* from Melanie Berg, and it could be done in multi-colored stripes:

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Full disclosure: for this sample, knit before our latest order of Cheshire Cat arrived, we had only one skein of the Too Much Pepper grey, so Catherine had to stop short of the last yellow stripe and a couple of inches of grey beyond that. So if you love Iszara, be sure to buy two skeins of your background color.

Have you noticed we love “grellow,” that funky mix of yellow and grey? Jill’s shop sample of Sand & Water is grellow Heichi and Linen from Shibui (see Charlotte’s blue one below). My grellow Moko-Moko Cowl* color-blocks two shades of Hikoo Simplinatural worsted weight. The pattern is from Olga Buraya-Kefelian. It was so much fun to knit!

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Whether for GYI Camp or not, the FOs have been rolling in steadily. This summer has been amazingly productive! Sit back, get comfy. Enjoy.

The first two FOs just happen to be striped. Dona liked our shop sample of the Churchmouse Picot-Edge Blanket*. She chose a bright palette of seven shades of Cascade Superwash 220 Sport for a new baby in the family, proving you don’t need pastels to be cute.

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Brigid whipped up another stunning Recursive Shawl*, this time in a cool Freia Ombré Sport. It was genius to use a sport weight as a bulky here.

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Zen Yarn Garden Serenity Silk+ was Brigid’s choice for her yummy Bosc Pear, a free pattern on Ravelry from Tetiana Otruta.

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One more “new project” of Brigid’s visited us recently, one that doesn’t seem to be cutting into her knitting time, her new Bichon Frise puppy. He’d make a great shop dog – just sayin’.

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Fran made her Dangling Conversation* from Mindy Ross in Shibui Linen. Couldn’t seem to take just one picture of this versatile design. She’s definitely going to get a lot of year-’round use out of it.

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One more light lacy shawl from Fran, Eidolon* from Lisa Mutch in Dream in Color Jilly Lace. Here again, a yarn taken way out of its usual gauge “comfort zone” (lace on US #5, 9, and 13) is used to great effect.

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Were you in time to catch some of the Manos del Uruguay Alegria sock weight before it all but disappeared? Kathy used Alegria for Brickless*, a pattern from Martina Behm that works well with wildly variegated yarn – or gradient stripes!

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Mary Beth used her Alegria for another Martina Behm design, Hitchhiker*, the eyelet version, a great choice for this garter stitch pattern because it’s sooo soft.

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Wanda even used the same color for her Cesta Cowl, a free Ravelry pattern from Lisa A. Myers. Alegria shines again in this lattice stitch pattern.

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Charlotte told us she really, really enjoyed knitting Suesan Roth’s Sand & Water. Her yarns are Berroco Fuji and Shibui Pebble. She’ll enjoy wearing it too!

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Shelly loves browsing through stitch dictionaries. She picked this leaf lace pattern and some Baa Ram Ewe Titus for this sweet-as-gingerbread stole.

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Here, Shelly used Fibre Company Meadow with Jared Flood’s pattern Stonecrop*. An instant heirloom!

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#20 Kimono-Sleeve Top is the name of this on-trend top from Joan. The yarn is FibraNatura Denims, as called for in the pattern. Throw it on over a pair of jeans and this swingy pullover can go anywhere.

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Here’s another ideal yarn/pattern combination from Joan: Stephen West’s Safety Scarf* and Manos del Uruguay Maxima. The colorways Highlighter and Foil together are electric. This looks like it was an absolute blast to make.

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Luci shared two FOs with us recently. First, Kink, a free pattern from Knitty. The yarn is charming chenille Panné, and we were charmed that she said we had the “perfect” button, too.

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Luci’s second FO was In the Land of Oz by Adrienne Fong. Her yarn is luscious Fibre Company Canopy Fingering. I couldn’t resist snapping a close-up of that delicate little flip of an edge.

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And lastly, I have two pictures of Tina’s magnificent Crown Prince Square Shawl from Nancy Bush’s book Knitted Lace of Estonia. Look at those incredible nupps! I also shared this picture on our shop Instagram feed. I said then and say again, seeing a piece this exquisite makes me happy to be a knitter!

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

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