Let’s have fun this summer. Remember travel bingo? Looking for “No U-Turn” signs and red barns? Now imagine a bingo just for knitters and crocheters, and that’s what our Our Camp GYI theme is going to be this year!
When you make your first purchase after June 1, you’ll get a Camp GYI Yarn Bingo card. No matter if you’ll be out-of-town most of the summer or enjoying a stay-cation at home, you can still fill your bingo card to win $10 GYI gift cards any time during June, July, or August.
No worries about forgetting to bring your card with you or losing it; all cards in play will be kept at the shop. (Some GYI purchases will be necessary.)
Gone are minimum yardage requirements for camp projects. Gone are deadlines for finishing. In fact, gone are camp projects. To win, you fill your card in a horizontal/vertical/diagonal bingo pattern. There’s even a bonus round to win again. By adding more squares to your card and spelling out a “G’, a “Y”, or an “I,” you can win up to 500 Frequent Buyer Points for discounts on future purchases. Rules are explained over in our Ravelry group discussion thread for camp, here.
Of course, we’ll have “campfire” get-togethers over the summer, and some wonderful limited edition camp yarns are on the way – we couldn’t not have a camp store!
Lorajean Kelley of Knitted Wit, one of the indie dyers inspired by the “Knitting Our National Parks” project, is sending us three different collections. We kick off June with her Victory Sock (80% superwash merino/20% nylon). Worsted and bulky weights will follow later in the summer.
We hope you’ll love Lorajean’s colors as much as we do and join us on a virtual road trip to visit some of our awe-inspiring National Parks with this fabulous yarn. The colorways were suggested by photos from the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Instagram feed. Below, June’s yarns/parks: Crater Lake, Denali, Badlands, Acadia, and Big Bend.
Victory Sock, no surprise, makes super socks. If you are new to sock knitting, get going with our beginner class Toe-Up Socks on Magic Loop or 2 Circular Needles on June 16 & 23. The only pre-requisite skill is previous experience using 2 circulars or the Magic Loop method.
Last post I mentioned we were re-stocking lovely Luma. It’s all here now. Below, Blue Dusk, Ancient Stone, and Flamingo, three of the new colors for 2018.
Fibre Company really, really knows how to blend fibers for yarns that are a joy to work with and to wear. Luma is a lofty mix of organic cotton, linen, merino, and silk. Their Arranmore Light is a tweedy DK weight wool/silk/cashmere combination. Project after project, season after season, both are proving themselves to be truly useful, enjoyable yarns.
One of our customers, we’ll call her L., recently brought in her just-completed Sothia* shawl from designer Robin Ulrich and said she is already looking forward to using Arranmore Light again.
Last week, Catherine cast off our newest shop model of Arranmore Light. It’s a small shawl called Torrent* that can be worn like a scarf. It’s light, next-to-skin soft, and a quick knit. What’s not to love?
Didn’t she do a spectacular job? Finally, my latest pet technique is helical striping, and I used it with the Gooseberry Hat, a free Ravelry pattern from Suvi Simola. It’s made with Cascade 200 Superwash Sport, but our Ewe So Sporty would be a fine substitute.
Note: Patterns marked with an asterisk (*) are available at Gosh Yarn It!