04/28/17: Pashmina. Check.

Gosh Yarn It! has a bucket list. A list of “wish we had…” yarns, and one right near the top has just been checked off: Pashmina from Madelinetosh.

It is glorious stuff – a soft, glowing blend of merino wool, silk, and cashmere. With a little help from designer Antonia Shankland (of Honey Cowl fame), who is wise in the ways of all things tosh, we now have a clever 8-color palette of Pashmina. “Clever” because the colors can be mixed and matched in seemingly endless ways, as well as being easy to wear solo. For a limited time, save $10 when you buy 3 skeins and $5 when you buy 2. Pashmina is labeled a sport weight, but plays well with patterns calling for fingering and DK weights, too. That is, if you can bear to unhug it long enough to wind it!

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Designer, GYI teacher, and NEPA native Carolyn Kern has a spectacular new design available on Ravelry, Multi-Pane Mittens. She invited GYI to participate in the pattern launch by hosting a KAL in May. Yes, we said, yes!

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The link above to the pattern page and this one to Carolyn’s blog have all the details you need to make these stunning mitts. You can get the pattern directly from Carolyn for 50% off through May 1 or get it for FREE from us when you buy your project yarn by Tuesday, May 16. The KAL will run though May 31, with Carolyn moderating the discussion thread in our Ravelry group. If you have some experience with stranded knitting (or are a very adventurous newbie) you will love making these mitts. Can’t wait to see the color combos you choose!

Spring seems to be a great time to be a sock yarn. We have three new sock knitters, all in the space of the last month. Sock knitting is having a moment just now at GYI, thanks in no small part to these (and more) fantastic colorways of Opal yarn, both self-patterning and solids.

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First up, Brigid’s cute low-rise socks, made with the perennially popular Silver’s Sock Class pattern by Kristin Bellehumeur.

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Next, Joan’s beauties with a longer cuff.

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And here is Libby’s pair, which, unaccountably, match perfectly right up until the toes.

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To keep up the momentum, our summer class schedule will feature both top-down and toe-up sock instruction. Socks are the ideal take-along vacation project, after all.

Our March/April KAL for Melanie Berg’s Void* is winding down. Now comes the fun part, seeing the finished shawls! Gina’s is done in Berroco Modern Cotton. She says she has found a new yarn to love.

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Sharon chose Blue Sky Fibers Woolstok for her cozy Void and added her own touches to the pattern, working the garter stitch border with stripes and an I-cord of alternating colors.

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Sharon’s no stranger to the Semi-Swedish Hat from Paula Berman. For her latest version, her yarn pick was Ultra Wool from Berroco.

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Wanda is rapidly transforming all her WIPs into FOs. This amazing Summit was knit in Schoppel-Wolle Zauberball Crazy. The designer is Mandie Harrington, and the pattern is free. What’s in your unfinished pile?

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Jane is keeping an eye out for the stork flying over NEPA, headed toward New York. She’s ready for his delivery with this adorable Puerperium Cardigan by Kelly van Niekirk. The hat is Baby Hat with Top Knot – Tegan from Julie Taylor. The on-trend speckled yarn is Madelinetosh Tosh DK.

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This little fellow had been off my needles for some time, waiting for me to thread some embroidery floss into a tapestry needle and give him eyes, nose, and a mouth. The pattern is Ysolda Teague’s Sophie*. There’s a Sophie class coming this summer if you’d like your own beach bunny!

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Shown below, an in-progress shot of my “pattern hack” of Jared Flood’s Guernsey Wrap*. I’ve written up my modifications for a Guernsey Baby Blanket, and they’ll be available for free at the shop with pattern and yarn purchase. I used 3 skeins (627 yards) of Modern Cotton and, like Gina, loved working with it. I’m already planning my next Modern Cotton project, a little girl’s top-down pullover for – maybe you already guessed? – a sample for another of our upcoming summer classes!

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If you want to start edging your knitting with the elegant slipped stitch technique I used on my Guernsey Baby Blanket, check out this tutorial from designer Alina’s blog The Gift of Knitting.

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

 

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