08/12/16: August = yarn.

From August you can see September coming, and that means one thing to a yarn shop: time for new yarn!

Two big boxes from Malabrigo were the first through the door. One was filled with bags of colorful Rios, our favorite merino superwash worsted. It’s soft enough for baby garments but hard-wearing enough for hats and sweaters that will get seasons of wear, all at a great price. Also tucked in the box were copies of the new Malabrigo Book 10, which has 14 sweater and accessory patterns created for Rios from top designers.

The other package was packed with Caracol, Malabrigo’s latest yarn. They’ve taken a fluffy thick-and-thin single ply, dyed in their vivid signature colors, and wrapped it in a fine binder thread. The fabric it makes is amazing. It’s a super-bulky like their Rasta, but lighter and cozier. It works up lightning fast on 10mm+ needles or hooks. Got gift stitching?

Then the Alegria from Manos del Uruguay arrived. We loved it when it only came in variegated colors. (You did, too – we had a hard time keeping it in stock!) Now it comes in deep, semi-solid shades that are going to find just as many fans. Ever need a fingering yarn? This one can do it all, from lace shawls to everyday socks.

The most recent shipment arrived from Berroco. We’ve re-stocked colors of Vintage, our bestselling yarn, and are introducing a self-striping yarn called Viva from Lang of Switzerland, distributed in the U.S. by Berroco. It’s buttery smooth and soft merino and comes in all the colors of the rainbow. Self-striping yarns are always fun to work with, but some are just no fun to wear. Viva changes all that. (It’s even machine washable!)

While we wait for more visits from the big brown truck, there are FOs to share. Carolyn is working on a new sweater design and wore her prototype in the other day. This pretty shell is made from Alchemy and ITO yarns.

We also want to congratulate Carolyn on the well-deserved recognition she is receiving as a designer. Do try to get your hands on the new Fall issue of Interweave Knits (all of our copies sold out in a flash). It’s the 20th Anniversary issue with 20 featured patterns, and one of them is Carolyn’s! This is a “borrowed” picture of her Thompson River Socks from Interweave:


Bonnie completed her Madison Scarf* in a mix of Alpaca Yarn Co. Paca-Peds and Wonderland Cheshire Cat. Her colors look so happy together. While this pattern in the Road to China Lace of our sample has been the big hit of the summer, clearly fingering weight yarn – one or more colors – is an equally great choice.

Linda’s July camp project is this elegant woven scarf made with an ITO Kinu warp and her own handspun yarn. Doesn’t weaving look fun?

We’re beginning to wonder if Camper Shelly is staying up past Lights Out. Not only has she been keeping a pace of two camp projects per month, but she has found time to finish other projects as well! Here is her Elizabeth Shawl from designer Dee O’Keefe. The gentle tonal shading of the Dream in Color Jilly Lace complements Shelly’s beautifully-stitched Shetland motifs.

Her camp projects were Braidsmaid* by Martina Behm in tosh vintage…

… and Sleepaway Camp’s Waiting for Rain* from Softsweater Knits in Malabrigo Mechita. I would have been very pleased with myself to have finished either one.

There are more photos of completed camp projects that have been posted to our GYI Group discussion thread for camp on Ravelry, here. Camp Store closes this Saturday, August 13. If you know you can finish a 350+ yard project before the end of the month (let Shelly’s Olympian effort inspire you), there’s still time to join Camp GYI and shop for yarn at the 20% camp discount. Go for it!


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




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