9/07/15: A fond farewell to camp, a welcome to fall.

It’s Taps for Camp GYI 2015 this Saturday, September 12. “Closing ceremonies” will be held at noon. I must take this one last opportunity to thank our wonderful “sleepaway camp counselors,” our KAL moderators: Tina Woodward, Shelly Strohl, and Carolyn Kern. We couldn’t be happier with how our new camp format worked this year, giving campers the option to choose their own projects or join monthly knit-alongs. These three ladies made it possible. I hope you enjoyed seeing the many beautiful Silverleaf*, Stutzen*, and Paper Lanterns* shawls they inspired this summer.

09.07.15.36Speaking of last chances, this may be my last chance to invite you to our Unicorn Tails Party, Thursday evening, September 10, 5:30-7:00pm. This is a free event, we just ask that you RSVP by Wednesday. Madelinetosh Unicorn Tails packs will be available for sale, and we hope to have individual Tails available, too.  I’ll be offering tips for knitting with multiple colors, and we’ll have lots of pattern ideas for Tails. Refreshments will be served, too. The Tails arrived in bundles on Friday, above. They’re now being sorted and packed up to make their debut on Thursday.

Lots of camp project FO pictures this time around. Cheryl posted pictures of her pink-a-licious Stutzen and Paper Lanterns to Ravelry, and I slurped them to share with you. Her Stutzen was made in Frog Tree Pediboo, her Paper Lanterns in madelinetosh tosh merino dk.

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Jane’s chose a spectacular shade of Manos del Uruguay Alegria for her cool blue Paper Lanterns. She also opted to block a bit more aggressively to get more pronounced points, and I think it works beautifully with this yarn, don’t you?

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Tina’s “lanterns” have a more soft, rounded shape, a good look for her Serenity Silk+ from Zen Yarn Garden. The colors are as true as I could make them under the fluorescent light in the classroom. It’s magnificent in person.

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Back to Alegria for a project that earns this year’s Camp GYI Pioneer Medal. Linda was not going to rest until her very first pair of socks was just the way she wanted. Three cheers for her sassy Wendy Johnson socks!

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Alegria is again the star of the show in Wanda’s Favorite Scarf Ever from Lisa Bruce. Some patterns are a perfect complement to highly variegated yarns, and this is definitely one that shows a wild handpainted yarn to its best advantage.

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Wanda and Shelly both embarked on the most recent Fiddle Knits (Erica Jackofsky) mystery knit-along, Water*, part of The Elemental Collection MKAL series. Both worked with Cheshire Cat fingering weight from Frabjous Fibers. First comes Wanda’s in a serene Mediterranean blue.

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Now Shelly’s in a royal purple. Can you see how each section of the design is meant to reflect a different “watery” theme? I’ll let the pictures do the talking. Gorgeous stitching on each shawl.

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E.T.A. Look for a shop KAL for Erica Jackofsky’s next shawl in her Elemental Series, Air, coming October 23rd!

Here are a few teaser shots of a second Cheshire Cat project of Shelly’s:

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What could it possibly be? It’s Giggle with a Jiggle* from Mindy Ross. Check out the breathtaking beading and that hip knitted fringe. (A Giggle KAL is in the works. Stay tuned for updates in the next week or so.)

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In contrast to Giggle’s Boho chic, Shelly chose Kodama for her mother. Cheshire Cat again! The pattern comes from Andrea Jurgrau’s New Vintage Lace: Knits Inspired by the Past. Hope you can see the silvery beads sparkling. What an elegant, classic design. Love the sweetheart neckline in the front.

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Joan’s urbane Bradway* was done in Berroco Maya. Everything comes together in this piece… yarn, colors, stitch pattern, design. Absolutely simpatico.

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I can say exactly the same of Jean’s Sand & Water in the original Shibui Heichi and Linen called for in the pattern. Jean said she thought originally this palette was a bit outside her color comfort zone, but what a success the finished piece is and how wearable it will be.

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Below left, Sharon’s original design for a chullo hat. I don’t get to use that word “original” nearly enough! The yarn is Liberty Wool. Below right, Stature, a bucket hat for her nephew, age 2. The yarn is Tahki Cotton Classic. He’s going to be one cool dude in Aunt Sharon’s hat.

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That brings us to the end of the FOs, so now for a word from our sponsor… New yarns for fall? Yes, please! I happen to have this one on my needles right now: Telluride, a brand new yarn from Classic Elite. Thought your tweed days were over because “tweed” is usually synonymous with “wooly”? This is a tweed that’s ideal for all-year wear, thanks to its composition of superfine alpaca and linen with just a dash of Donegal wool for an authentic tweed pedigree.  It’s just in and probably won’t last long, so come in soon for best color selection.

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And here is Plymouth’s Italian import Adriafil Knitcol, a self-patterning yarn in bright, happy colors, perfect for children’s things. But how much fun would a pair of fingerless gloves be in this washable merino DK?

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Finally, a hint of what’s in store for you with our fall classes. We’re delighted to have Carolyn Kern returning to teach her popular stranded knitting classes. Here, her original design with one more of our new fall yarns, Après Ski from Knit One Crochet Too. Look for the class schedule very, very soon!

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

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