8/29/15: See you in September.

Can it really be the last weekend of camp already? I know it has been an incredibly creative and productive summer for our campers because my camera has been smoking. Our Camp GYI “wrap party” will be Saturday, September 12 at noon. We’ll draw for the winners of both the July and August monthly prizes and for our Grand Prize, a Soak trug tub filled with yarns, patterns, project bags, notions, and other goodies, a $150+ value. Are you in the drawing? If you completed at least one camp project this summer – yes! Campers get one drawing chance for each FO. You need not be present to win, but we hope you can come. We’ll be ordering lunch from one of our many fine local dining establishments after the drawings, with S’mores for dessert. (Never fear. They’ll be microwaveable. No campfires in the parking lot.)

Before getting to your FOs, I’d like to introduce our two newest shop samples. Here is Jill’s Ashburn*, a Melanie Berg pattern. Jill chose dramatic, high contrast colors of our new Superfine 400, 100% superfine Peruvian alpaca fingering weight. I decided to try photographing it in strong late afternoon sunlight…

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Dramatic, yes, but knitters need more information. I re-shot the following day in more even lighting to get better detail for you…

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…including a close-up of its very intriguing slip stitch pattern, below. There are over 850 Ashburn projects on Ravelry, lots of different color combinations for inspiration. Melanie Berg is such a talented designer. If you don’t know her work, check out her design page, here. Many would be ideal for Unicorn Tails.

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Here is the other sample, an “original” pattern of mine, really nothing more than C4R cables on US7 needles. I thought a super simple design would best show off our new, incredibly soft Classic Elite Tiverton Tweed. The pattern will be a freebie with purchase here at the shop.

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If you prefer brights over naturals for winter accessories, my cable cowl pattern would be fun to make with Après Ski, below, just in from Knit One Crochet Too. We love it because it’s just about as bright as yarn comes.

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Here is the last blog appearance of my Easy Folded Poncho in Shibui Baby Alpaca DK, promise. But I love this piece. I love wearing it, and I loved making it – a good thing, since it was put down much too often to be picked up only when I had truly mindless knitting time. Brigid clued me in that an EFP also can be worn spun around with the fold in the front, below right. Now I can’t decide which way I like best.

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Doesn’t alpaca drape the way butter melts?

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On to the FOs! Francie’s Recursive Shawl* was done in Denims, below left. She says it is a perfect weight for cooler summer evenings and feels just great around her shoulders.

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The indigo dyeing is completely “on trend.” I might have slurped the picture of the model in a Vince cardigan, above right, from the Saks Fifth Avenue website, and it could have been hand knit in Denims.

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Stephen West’s Striped Esjan* combines two fingering weight yarns with a mohair lace weight. Mary Beth’s picks for her stunning Esjan were a chocolate brown Shibui Silk Cloud, Manos del Uruguay Alegria in purples, and a grasshopper green Tosh Merino Light.

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The colors are completely amazing together.

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Mary Beth used yarn alchemy again with her Gnarled Oak cardigan from Alana Dakos. The blend here is Jaggerspun Zephyr lace with Canopy Fingering from Fibre Company.

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The two yarns glow in these beautiful stitches.

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Here is Dona’s Summer-Tea Shirt*, the Vera Sanon pattern that has been popular since we chose it to showcase our Cascade Ultra Pima. Dona’s bright red top does exactly that.

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Dona also made a very cool Olgajazzy Moko-Moko Cowl* in Hikoo Simplinatural. Great color choices – an evergreen with a rich burnt orange.

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Kathy’s pert version of Martina Behm’s Hitchhiker* has pretty eyelet rows. Her yarn was Manos Alegria.

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Luci’s Pompom Capelet was knit from Berroco Vintage. Isn’t the giant pompom a fun touch?

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Sharon finished her July KAL camp project in plenty of time. Her Stutzen is done in Cascade Heritage Sock. Love the matching locks!

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Sandy wanted to make an afghan similar to Colinette’s AbFab. It almost took a village to pick out the perfect yarns, but she did it! This pretty teal and turquoise color scheme is made up of California, Doppio, Folio, Dune, Fuji, Maya, and Grace. Absolutely fabulous.

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Joanne’s socks with hot pink short row heels are knit in Pediboo and Heritage Sock. No way will either one ever be lost!

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And the last FO, I hope, will be the first of many more Paper Lanterns* to come out of our August camp KAL. Carolyn Kern is the designer and also KAL moderator. This elegant shawl was made by Catherine with Louet Gems Sport.

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Just because the KAL may be ending with camp, doesn’t mean you can’t cast on any old time for your own Paper Lanterns and refer back to Carolyn’s posts to our Camp GYI discussion thread on Ravelry if you have questions. Didn’t Catherine make these “lanterns” shine?

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

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