07/26/16: Summer flies by.

But first, a word from our sponsor:

  • I know this is very short notice, but if you’re ready for socks, you can start this Saturday with the Churchmouse Wee Baby Sock on double point needles. You’ll knit a sock from cuff to toe in a 4-hour workshop, 12-4 pm. Please call the shop  by Thursday, July 28, to sign up for the 30th. Prior experience with DPNs needed for success.
  • Looking ahead to August, you can cast on Martina Behm’s Braidsmaid shawl on Saturday, August 13. The close-up below of Catherine’s Braidsmaid in madelinetosh Tosh Vintage says it all: simple garter + reversible cable = a whole lot of stunning. See more pictures in this post. This is a 2-hour class, 1:30-3:30 pm.

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It’s hard to believe the fourth season of Camp GYI is already half over! The success of our summer camp is due in very large part to our amazing “staff,” our counselors – Shelly, Tina, and Carolyn. These ladies are awesome! They share their expertise on our Ravelry camp discussion thread for their monthly KAL projects and are a true inspiration. They all happened to be in the shop at the same time the other day and were gracious enough to allow me to take their picture. Here’s one for your Camp GYI memory book!

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Next month the Sleepaway Camp KAL is for the Olivia* sweater by Suzie Sparkles. Shelly’s our August Counselor. The original pattern includes an adorable picot hem and a touch of lace. Shelly has adapted the design for a little boy version with a mistake rib panel instead of the lace. She has named her version Oliver. You can make either/both for camp. Here are her samples in Cascade Heritage Sock and Wonderland Cheshire Cat.

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Olivia*, with a lacey body and picot hems.

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Oliver, with mistake rib body and sleeve edging.

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Shelly’s swatches for (l.to r.) Malabrigo Mechita, Cascade Heritage, CEY Telluride (purple), HiKoo Sueño (white), Wonderland Cheshire Cat.

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Colleen is one of our newest knitters, and Violet Waffles from designer Halldora J. is her very first hat! She made easy work of the 100% Baby Alpaca DK from Plymouth.

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Joanne doubled a brilliant canary yellow Mango Moon Mulberry Meadow for her BonBons, a free pattern from Susanna IC. Her little pink socks are Sirdar Snuggly DK.

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Alice made this neat Neato* with Done Roving Frolicking Feet DK Gradient. The designer goes by the name JumperCables.

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Angie showed me her just-begun crochet shawl using Cascade Ultra Pima, and I just had to take a picture to share. Can’t wait to see it finished!

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I’m breaking my rule to show only projects made with (at least mostly) GYI yarn because the next 3 projects are that good. Linda wove this overshot stole at a workshop she recently attended. Wow!

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It really is a masterpiece…

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Mary Beth made Stephen West’s The Doodler* with some of our Manos Alegria and stash yarn. She switched out bobbles for the original picot hem. Given the popularity of this pattern (it has the most projects of any of his designs), I’m surprised that this is the first completed Doodler to visit the shop. Any others out there?

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Here is Wanda’s cheery Range* from Andrea Mowry. She may have used stash yarn, but look at that brioche! And that ombre tweed section that I just couldn’t make work because the yarn I chose for my Range was too variegated. I may have to cast on for another.

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04.01.16.01Unfortunatey, due only to manufacturing-related issues, Shibui is dropping our beloved Linen from their line. (Fear not – there will be an entirely new linen yarn coming from Shibui in 2017.) Our Linen supplies are pretty good right now, including the newest colors, so buy it while you can. Whip up a quick Janet Avila Summer Scarf, or send Linen off in style with your own Easy Folded Poncho*or Dangling Conversation*. Want to do something completely new? There are plenty of other suggested patterns on Ravelry for this popular summer staple yarn. I’ve always wanted to make a Linen Top with Linen, only longer, more like Hilary Carr’s Square-ish. Guess it’s now or never!

Below, Catherine’s Churchmouse Easy Folded Poncho*, Francie’s Dangling Conversation* from Mindy Ross, and Luci’s Summer Scarf. 

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

 

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