12/10/15: With needles flying.

They say there’s always time for the things you put first, so we’re delighted that so many customers put their stitching at the top of their to-do lists at this busy time of year. Our needles have been flying, too, so I have both your FOs and some new shop samples to share.

But first, a HOLIDAY SAVINGS ALERT: Some of our favorite yarns are currently 20% off. On the sale table now: Maxima, Tiverton Tweed, Simplinatural, Mushishi Big, Wynter, and Blackthorn. Look for the names of many of these sale yarns in red when mentioned in the FOs. And look for more yarns to be marked down each week through the end of the year. It’s our way of offering you some holiday treats!

Our latest sample was whipped up in just a few days with our new Mushishi Big from Plymouth, a silky wool/silk blend that knits up on needles size 10+. Every purchase comes with our free pattern for this spiraling cowl, long enough to be looped once or twice and easy enough to almost be called a no-brainer.

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I finished the Telluride Shawlette, a beginner lace pattern from Susan Mills for Telluride from Classic Elite, a blend of alpaca/linen/Donegal wool tweed. This sport weight yarn is surprisingly soft and amazingly light, a true 3-season yarn.

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(But those scallop points are achieved only with some serious wire blocking.)

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It was love at first sight between  Jill and Ash Kearns’ Clincher*. One skein of Manos del Uruguay Alegria and a few grams of tosh merino light later, Jill had one of her very own.

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The i-cord looped border doubles as a way to fasten the shawl into a bandana loop to wear. So clever!

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It’s hard to believe, but Catherine’s wonderful 12 Weeks of Hats project concluded this week. Where did the time go? Here is a gallery of the last four, all free on Ravelry. Hat #9 is Bankhead by Susie Gourlay, below left. The yarn is Maxima from Manos del Uruguay. Hat #10 is Strib Hat from Kelly Williams, below right, worked in Berroco Vintage.

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Hat #11 is Harvest Moon, designed by Clare Shaw, below left. Halldora J created Catherine’s final pick, Skyping Beanie, below right. Both are madelinetosh tosh DK.

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12.10.15.27We hope you have enjoyed Catherine’s hats-of-the-week, a true labor of love. Having her hats pop in every week has been so inspiring. I knew I would be in withdrawal next week without a hat project, so I’ve already laid in a supply of Liberty Wool for the Plucky Knitter’s freebie Conversationalist and a skein of chunky Blackthorn for Northward from Tin Can Knits. I downsized Northward recently for Liberty Wool (a light worsted weight, not a chunky as called for in the pattern) and US 7 needles (not the recommended US 10.5s). Adding 10 stitches to my cast-on, I hoped the hack would result in a hat that would fit a 2-year old head, and, thanks to the miracle that is gauge, it did!

On to the FO gallery. Joanne knit Wooly Wormhead’s Everglade* to stunning effect. Her yarn is Berroco Folio, an alpaca/rayon combo.

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Brigid turned Pewter and Shocking Maxima into this knockout Split Personality. Such a simple idea – knit a tube, beginning and ending with ribbing, and adjust your cast-on numbers to fit your gauge, so any yarn would work!

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But she didn’t stop there. She added a matching Anillo* hat to make a very special someone very happy this holiday. The hat design comes from Miriam Felton, the scarf from Espace Tricot.

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Presenting Mary Lou’s very first-ever mittens made on double points in Liberty Wool. She was practically walking on air when she came in with them! Love those colors.

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Francie was similarly pleased – and rightfully so – with her lovely Alegria socks. The yarn is from Manos del Uruguay, the pattern is from Francie’s library.

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Joan made one luscious cowl that can be worn two ways, and what a difference it makes how you wear it. Her yarn is Mimi from Lotus Yarns, the good stuff that really was 100% mink, and the pattern is Ombre Cowl Hood by Hilary Carr.

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She also finished her Saturated Shawl*, Ann Weaver’s design that cranks a fingering weight yarn up to a worsted weight gauge to make a shawl that’s extra airy, extra light, and extra quick. Joan’s palette of tosh merino light is so very much “on trend.”

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Kathy chose Crystal Palace Mini Mochi for her stunning Isosceles Scarf. Andee Graves’ graphic pattern and this yarn, which makes its own palette, are a perfect fit.

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Annie fell in love with Cascade Magnum, leaving one day with a bag filled with wound cakes. She returned not long after to show us three of her finished Open Work Infinity Scarves from Karen Clements’ pattern, knit on US 19s. Talk about instant gratification!

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And finally, Lisa visited the other day wearing Gina Thackara’s exclusive GYI pattern for Corntastic from Kollage. The yarn is long gone from the shop, so seeing Lisa’s stylish scarf makes us want to knit it all over again in a new yarn. Thanks for the trip down Memory Lane, Lisa!

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

 

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