Warning: picture heavy post ahead!
Camp GYI Yarn Bingo is in full swing. It’s great to see the cards being filled in and on their way to winning $10 gift cards for lots of folks.
Some of you may have a square on your bingo card asking for the “Easter egg” that can be found on our page on Facebook or here on the blog. What’s that? Wikipedia says, In computer software and media, an Easter egg is an intentional inside joke, hidden message or image, or secret feature of a work. This post’s Easter egg is coming up!
The Knitted Wit Victory Sock camp yarn is practically flying out the door. Luckily, the Single Fingering ordered for July arrived early. The base yarn is nearly identical to our madelinetosh Merino Light, as well as (if you have some stashed) Jilly from Dream in Color, so mixing yarns within a single project is fine. Knitted Wit’s Lorajean Kelley truly has a painterly eye for color. More of her amazing colorways inspired by the National Parks will arrive in August in her Worsted base.
Since it is now officially Summer (Happy Solstice!), I’ve been collecting pattern ideas for summer sweater projects for our Fibre Company Luma DK weight. There aren’t many yarns you can wear year-’round, but Luma is one. Cotton, linen, and silk give it a light, dry “hand”; wool gives it breathability and warmth (just enough). As soon as I wrap up a few projects now nearing their finish lines, I’ll be casting on for Andrea Mowry’s The Weekender*. The pattern calls for an aran weight, but I got exact gauge with Luma on a US 9.
I’ll be making the designer’s sleeveless version – as in, you just don’t make the sleeves!
Here’s my gauge swatch. I tested both US 8-5mm (bottom) and US 9-5.5mm (top) to be sure.
We have new 2018 Luma colors (below) plus some from last year’s palette, too good not to bring back.
Stone Point* by Courtney Kelley has to be the most popular Luma pattern on Ravelry. This slipover poncho is easy, breezy to knit and to wear. It’s just two rectangles, joined at the shoulder with a 3-needle bind off, and a cowl neck knit from live stitches.
If sweaters are more up your alley, the designer has obliged with a re-design that adds sleeves and is called Sawyer*.
And here are my finds for summer Luma sweaters. My criteria were: a DK-ish gauge, plenty of positive ease, unconstructed shaping, and beginner- to intermediate-level knitting skills, simple enough to finish and wear in 2018 – really! (Ready for that Easter egg? Next time you visit the shop, mention you read the term “positive ease.”)
Alanis* by Elizabeth Smith
Hatcher* by Julie Hoover
Jujuba by Norah Gaughan
Stonecrop Top* by Roberta Platt
Gemini by Jane Richmond
Chatwin* by Alison Green
Rock Street Tee* by Martha Wissing
#02 Lace Hem Top by Mari Tobita
Mimic by Veronika Jobe
Derecho* by Alison Green
Lourdes* by Amy Christoffers
Monterey Tee by Kate Gagnon Osborn
Etch* by Shellie Anderson
Crochet Granny Diagonal Block Sweater* by Ana D.
If you feel you aren’t ready to tackle a sweater yet, let us know. We can help with that!
Watch for my musings on making The Weekender to appear as a discussion thread in our Ravelry Group.
FINISHED PROJECTS ON PARADE
Jill finished her beautiful Camilla Blanket in Vintage Chunky in plenty of time to send it out into the world as a baby shower gift. The pattern comes from Carrie Bostick Hoge.
She also stitched up Joji Locatelli’s on-trend Hipster Shawl* using 5 skeins of mYak Baby Yak Medium. Want to make one for yourself? Choose your color, get a 5 skein “kit,” and save 10%.
Gina made her jazzy Purless* from designer Rosemary (Romi) Hill with Lang Dipinto. As perhaps you can guess, no purls in the entire pattern!
Did you see Gina’s tiny sweater in an earlier post with a yoke of bouncing Fair Isle puppies? She used the same Baby Camilla Sweater pattern from EweKnit Toronto to make this cutie, again in Ewe So Sporty from Ewe Ewe Yarns.
Oh, look, a bead!
And here is the maker herself, sporting a well-earned smile of accomplishment.
Joanne brought in these amazing Zarathustra socks one day when I was out of the shop. Thank you to Catherine for the lovely photo. The designer is Caoua Coffee.
Mary Ann sent us a shot of her color my stripes* from designer Lori Versaci. She used Wonderland Mary Ann for her background with some stash yarn to color her stripes.
Designer Joji Locatelli makes another appearance with The Girl from the Grocery Store* shawl. Deb chose Manos del Uruguay Alegria and Baah La Jolla for this great project.
And, finally, Francie visited with her own smile of accomplishment and her completed Guernsey Baby Blanket*, my pattern based on Jared Flood’s Guernsey Wrap*. It’s free with yarn purchase here at the shop. Francie’s yarn is easy-care Modern Cotton from Berroco.
Note: Patterns marked with an asterisk (*) are available at Gosh Yarn It!