03/20/17: Spring in our sights.

How’s this for March Madness: one day it’s sunny and mild, and a foot and a half of snow falls 12 hours later. Fortunately for our sanity, as stitchers and makers we can look ahead and plan for our projects to be ready when we know the weather will be ready for them. With that in mind, our newest yarn, Modern Cotton from Berroco, couldn’t have come at a better time.

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Look at those bright, spring-y colors! Cool from its 60% cotton content, with the sheen and drape of silk from modal rayon, Modern Cotton makes machine washable, comfortable summer garments as well as lightweight throws, baby blankets, wraps, and shawls. Our shop sample is the Eula* tee by Amy Christoffers, which could be worn with a tank underneath or with the deep V-neck framing a favorite necklace or scarf.

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Tees not your thing? Use Modern Cotton for any pattern calling for a worsted weight yarn. Below, some ideas from Berroco. (All patterns available at GYI.)

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From left: Hydrangea, Admit, Diggory

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Thayer, Bilberry, Vinalhaven Wrap

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Baltica Cardigan, Geoffrey, Willowherb

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Details of the superb stitch definition in Thayer and Eula. 

Modern Cotton joins Luma and Remix on our shelves for warm weather projects. I’m KAL-ing right now with Modern Cotton for my Void*. I’ve already swatched Remix (got gauge!) for a Worsted Boxy*. Luma is calling out to me for a Churchmouse Simple Tee*, but I also might make a Simple Tee as one last project in Shibui Linen, which is now on closeout – buy one skein, get a second skein 50% off while supplies last.

Don’t forget to take a look at the two pattern collections designed exclusively for Luma: the Luma Collection, casual all-American sweaters from our friends Kate Gagnon Osborn and Courtney Kelley of Kelbourne Woolens (below, Yale Harbor* from Courtney Kelley)…

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… and the chic April in Paris Collection from The Fibre Co. (below, Galerie d’Apollon* from Emma Wright).

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Customers continue to amaze and inspire us with their finished projects. Brigid finished her Guernsey Wrap*, designed by Jared Flood, in Blue Sky Fibers Woolstok. It’s such a beauty!

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Tina was kind enough to share photos she took of several of her recently completed projects. Here is her spectacular Lucca*, again by Jared Flood.

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Tina combined CEY Inca Alpaca, Shibui Staccato, SWTC Llama Lluxury, and yarn from a local alpaca farm for Ysolda Teague’s Mareel* shawl, a cross between a Shetland Hap and an Elizabeth Zimmermann Pi shawl.

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These heavenly blue socks of Tina’s were made with Alegria from Manos del Uruguay. The pattern is Siv from Heidi Alander that appeared in Laine magazine.

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Gina chose Shibui Cima and Silk Cloud in the Apple colorway for her cheery Herald*.

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Herald, designed by Janina Kallio, truly never met a yarn it didn’t like.

Renee made this manly set of Urban Aran Mitts & Urban Aran Hat from designer Robbie Laughlin with Rowan Pure Wool.

Choose a chunky weight yarn for a shawl? Why not? Meghan Jackson, the designer of Sharon’s Debaser*, says not all shawls have to be delicate and time-consuming – and we couldn’t agree more! Sharon added repeats to grow the shawl beyond its original 200 yards. She used 300+ yards of soft Malabrigo Chunky in Jacinto (Spanish for hyacinth), and this shawl is sure to get plenty of wear until the real hyacinths are in bloom.

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Joan wore her Grain shawl in one day, wrapped around her neck just like this:

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Hung over the mannequin’s shoulders, below, it’s easy to see Grain is just about the simplest shawl imaginable, a great project for a beginner knitter. However, Joan’s choice of colors and yarn – Fibre Co. Acadia – take this simple design to a whole new level of elegance and wearability.

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Linda used ITO Gima 8.5 on her new Glimakra band loom to make this fun tape. Yarn does not always have to be needled or hooked!

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Finally, my Origami Top Hat* by Lori Versaci in Malabrigo Rios. If you’re a fan of Rios (like me!) be sure to come see the new colors. I may need to make another Rios Top Hat. Loved making this clever design in the Rios, with every stitch a different shade from the last.

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

 

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