10/14/15: Come, be inspired. you can, get yourself to the shop this week. We are honored to be hosting a trunk show of Carolyn Kern’s original knitwear through Saturday, October 17.

Carolyn lives right here in NEPA, in the Back Mountain, but she is known throughout the knitting world thanks to her designs that have been published in Interweave Knits Gifts, Knitscene Accessories (to name only two), and featured by yarn companies including Manos del Uruguay, Quince & Co., and Blue Moon Fiber Arts. We are beyond lucky to have her teaching at the shop (see below), and many of you know her as one of this summer’s Camp GYI counselors, moderating the August KAL for her design Paper Lanterns*. It seems fitting that this Paper Lanterns FO is Carolyn’s own, worked in Wonderland Mad Hatter sport weight.

Peg brought in her three summer projects, and they are a lovely collection indeed. Don’t adjust your dial – they really are all in black & white.

Above, Sand & Water by Suesan Roth, in Shibui Baby AlpacaDK and Cima. Luscious. Below, her tracery Stutzen* in Frog Tree Pediboo.

And finally, a scarf you can see partially finished in a basket here at the shop. After seeing Peg’s finished Brady Scarf*, I’ll be picking mine up again so I can have one just like hers. Love this Sally Brandl pattern, love the Kauni Effektgarn.

To answer the question, how would you wear something like that?…

To answer the question, how is that done?…

That’s right, buttonholes. As easy as casting off stitches in one row and casting them back on again in the next.

Here’s another Sand & Water, this one from Jean. Her yarn picks are every bit as soft and heavenly as Peg’s: Zen Yarn Garden Serenity Silk + and Wonderland Mad Hatter.

Jean came in wearing her spectacular Elizabeth* cardigan in Liberty Wool Paints. Trust me, Cecily Glowik MacDonald’s pattern looks just as nice from the front, but I was thrilled to have Jean agree to strike this stylish pose showing the sweater back.

Ready for a pop of bright color? Maria’s pretty little stitch-perfect Moulin Rouge* was made in Pediboo from Frog Tree. Kirsten Kapur is the designer.

Joan’s palettes are always so inspiring, her Stripe Study* no exception. The pattern comes from Veera Välimäki. The yarn is Wonderland Cheshire Cat, one of my top picks to have around my neck on any chilly morning.

Alice whipped up this cool, sophisticated Antarktis* from 3 skeins of Fibre Co. Canopy Fingering. The pattern comes from Janina Kallio. You can probably tell how much I enjoyed photographing it. (But wearing it would be better still.)

Here is another of Alice’s FOs, for a completely different mood: Pradera Wrap* in madtosh merino light held double for ombré stripes. The color names tell the story: Ember, Gilded, Glazed Pecan, Scarlet. Jocelyn Tunney is the designer.

Bonnie recently finished another Jocelyn Tunney design, Mariscos*. Here also, color shares the bill with pattern. The soft Silk Blend from Manos del Uruguay will make this such a comfortable wrap to wear.

This yarn is “like buttah.”

Wanda’s toe-up socks tell a great color story, too. Her Night Fury colorway from Holiday Yarns pools differently on each sock because of a change in stitch count: the sock on the left has 58 stitches, the one on the right has 66. She made them during our recent “Choose Your Own Adventure” Toe-up KAL at the shop. She started them with Stephanie’s favorite instructions for an unusual cast on and finished them using Wendy Johnson’s directions.

Linda also participated in the toe-up KAL, choosing apple green Cascade Heritage yarn for her Wendy Johnson Waterfall socks. Linda made this sweet Sirdar Snuggly Spots blanket earlier in the summer. It’s a free pattern on Ravelry, Textured Blankie.

Joanne’s baby booties are also Sirdar Snuggly DK. She couldn’t quite remember which pattern she used, but I’m willing to bet this freebie is pretty close to it.

The cuteness continues with Sharon’s Anikka* in Berroco Vintage…

…and her 32″ x 32″ Bark-A-Lounger made with Cascade Ecological Wool and Plymouth Gina. Simply superb colorwork on both projects. Lucky little girl and lucky dog!

Stephen West adapted his Dotted Rays* for self striping yarn. Mary Beth’s stunning version was done in Freia Ombré Lace.

Sarah brought in two completed sweaters recently, #13 Colorwork Pullover by Amy Micallef and Midsummer Aran by Ginevra Martin. She knit the first in Manos del Uruguay Maxima and the second in Berroco Weekend DK. Both are impressive handknits by any standard, but I feel I should mention that Sarah is in high school. When I was her age, one dismal grey and brown garter stitch scarf was the most impressive thing I’d ever knit.

Midsummer Aran detail:

The last post introduced Catherine’s 12 Weeks of Hats. Here is Hat #2, Stella’s Hat from Melissa LaBarre in Berroco Vintage:

Hat #3, Antler Hat from Tin Can Knits in Berroco Ultra Alpaca:

Antler Hat

Hat #4, Violet Waffles from Halldora J in tosh dk:

It’s so much fun to see the hats come in, one by one, week by week. To keep up with them in “real time,” be sure to follow the discussion thread in our Ravelry Group. The hats will be in the shop on display through December 19. By then all Catherine’s gift knitting will be done. We hope these great free patterns are helping you with yours.

I’d like to end as I began, with a plug for the wonderful Carolyn Kern – specifically her upcoming stranded knitting class on Saturday November 7. You’ll learn this fun technique while making her original hat design, Floribunda, shown below in Knit One Crochet Too Après Ski. (She has also created matching mitts. The pattern for them should be available soon.) There are just a few seats left in the class. Call the shop to register, 570-287-9999.

If you’ve read this far, here’s a treat for you – new Pawley Studio yarn bowls are now in stock. Come and pick yours out before they’re all gone!

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


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