03/30/17: Inspiring FOs.

03.24.17.08If this picture of our shop sample of Stephen West’s Dotted Rays* looks familiar, you must be getting our emails. Or maybe you saw it in the “What’s New?” discussion thread in our GYI group on Ravelry. The yarn is Evolution, a gradient cotton/acrylic blend from the English company Wendy. We are loving how it works up, so comfy and soft. It’s plied to shade gradually from color to color, so all the work is already done for you. But what you’ll love is that it comes pre-wound in a center pull-out box, a shawl’s worth of yarn – 657 yards – for just $25! There are four colorways left in stock. Be sure to visit soon before Evolution is sold out.

03.20.17.15Here’s another picture featured in an email, a shot of Malabrigo Lace. Churchmouse Yarns & Teas, one of our favorite design sources, has just debuted five new patterns, one of which we think is absolutely perfect for Lace and absolutely perfect for summer knitting, the Polka Dot Scarf*. Shown below is the narrower of the pattern’s two sizes, which takes 890 yards. Full disclosure: to get something so light and breezy, there will be blocking wires or lots of pins involved, but it will be so worth it.

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A Tale of Two Sweaters

On the very same day last week, Steven brought in his Donegal Sweater*, and Portia brought in her El Greco sweater. Both patterns come from the pages of Interweave Knits magazine. Steven’s was designed by Moira Engel for the Winter 2017 issue. Portia’s El Greco is by Quenna Lee from the Fall 2016 issue. Steven’s yarn is a jewel blue Ultra Wool by Berroco. (And it took him just 16 days to knit.) Portia used a velvety burgundy Woolstok for hers. Something else they have in common: they are both masterpieces of knitting!

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Above, Steven’s Donegal Sweater with photos of it in Knits.

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Even the back is amazing. Below, Portia’s El Greco, shown hanging because it’s too small even for our mannequin to model.

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Check out the cables of stockinette entwined with garter. Wow.

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A Tale of Two Wraps

Bonnie finished her Guernsey Wrap* in hand-dyed madelinetosh Tosh Vintage. She shared it with us about a week after Brigid completed hers in Woolstok from Blue Sky Fibers. Here is Bonnie’s beauty…

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…and below, Brigid’s Guernsey Wrap*. Yes, it was included in the last post, but if seeing these two Wraps together doesn’t make you want to cast on immediately for one of your own, I don’t know what would. Gorgeous!

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If you’re not a wrap-wearer, take heart. Jared Flood has a very similar Guernsey Triangle*, below.  I’m also writing up an adaptation of the Wrap to make a Guernsey Baby Blanket. The pattern will be free with purchase of yarn at GYI after April 1.

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I’ll wrap this post up (sorry, couldn’t resist) with another project hot off Brigid’s needles. Presenting the first FO of our March/April KAL for Melanie Berg’s Void* shawl, Brigid’s Berroco Modern Cotton Void…

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Modern Cotton has great stitch definition, a bonus with an overall textured pattern like Void.

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Love, love, love this!

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

 

 

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