First day of camp is this Sunday, June 1. We know many campers already have their trunks packed – they’ve registered their first projects, and their yarn is wound and ready. How about you? Are you camping with us this summer?
Camp GYI is a happy, carefree place. All campers save 20% on yarn for unlimited camp projects all summer long. You can read the full details in this post, but, in a nutshell, you can camp out with your knit, crocheted, or woven projects in June, July, and/or August, if they are:
- started no sooner than the first of each month and finished before the end of the month (with two important exceptions; see below),
- made with 300 yards or more of yarn,
- made with 100% Gosh Yarn It! yarn, purchased between May 15 and August 23.
Now, about those exceptions. We know not everyone enjoys working on a deadline, just 30 days. And we know summer is the ideal time for simple, portable, “mindless” projects that will be picked up and put down often. We’ve chosen two projects to be exceptions to the camp-projects-must-be-finished-within-a-month rule: the Easy Folded Poncho (EFP) from Churchmouse Classics and Rowan’s Pure Wool Worsted Mystery Afghan. These two projects can be started anytime after June 1 and must be finished by August 31. Of course, you can also register and work on month-long projects while you work on either the afghan or the EFP.
The EFP is super easy: just a rectangle of stockinette that’s folded and seamed, with an option to pick up stitches for a cowl neckline. I’m about halfway through my shop sample knit in sinfully snuggly Shibui Baby Alpaca DK, and nothing could be more relaxing. If it’s the right side of the work, I knit. Wrong side, I purl. Oh, and a slipped stitch for a prettier edge. That’s it. The yarn? Like buttah. I reach for this project both when I have an hour-long episode of The Americans to watch, and I need to actually be able to read the subtitles when they’re speaking Russian, and when I might have just enough time as a passenger in a car for one quick row. The goal is 50″. The green blob above is what my 32 completed inches look like so far.
The added bonus of starting an EFP now is that it will be finished long before you need an extra warm layer come September. It would be heaven in any soft, drapey DK or light worsted – Cascade Pure Alpaca or Eco Alpaca, Hikoo Kenzie tweed, Shibui Pebble held double or with Silk Cloud, or the Shibui Baby Alpaca DK that I’m using.
I wish I could show you more of what Martin Storey’s design for the Rowan Pure Wool Worsted Mystery Afghan looks like, but it is a mystery! Here is a shot of the most recently released clue out of eight total. I’ve already gushed about this design, which Rowan is running as a knit-along, here in this post. You’ll have lots of color choices in the Pure Wool, and don’t forget that 20% camp discount! I’m knitting these squares myself for our shop sample, and they are all simple, easy peasy patterns.
I want to plug all our upcoming classes, but the first one up is particularly dear to my heart, and I hope you’ll consider taking it: the Baby Surprise Jacket class on Friday, June 13 that finishes up on Friday, July 11. Elizabeth Zimmermann’s BSJ is the cheese souffle of knitting projects. Everyone should try it at least once! (And who doesn’t need a little sweater now and then as a special present for a special baby?) You combine fairly ordinary ingredients, and you are rewarded with an astonishingly wonderful result. A few simple increases and decreases are worked into uninterrupted garter stitch, and voilà! A sweater emerges from the oddest shape you will ever knit. How odd? Check out my BSJ in progress.
Intrigued? Can you believe this is going to become a sweater? Hope to see you in class!