We are thrilled to announce that in-person knitting instruction is back! Whether you want to learn to knit, master a new technique, or get advice on pattern instructions, we’ve “had our shots” and can now safely offer 45-minute 1:1 help sessions on Wednesday and Thursday mornings at 11:00. Advance reservations are necessary; call 570-287-9999 to reserve a spot or for more information. Cost is $15/session.
The GYI staff is fully vaccinated, and we ask that you be, too, to attend our help sessions. 6′ social distancing will be observed as much as possible with what is often “hands-on” instruction.
The colors of Malabrigo Mechita from the new Speckled Collection proved so irresistible that both Jill and I immediately made shop samples – Jill used the color “Storm” for a Bobble Cowl* from designer Joji Locatelli with its fun picot edging…
… and for my skein of “Island,” I picked Carina Spencer’s Scalene* shawl, which uses its own knit-in “keyhole” to keep it tucked in place and so easy to wear. Mechita is a buttery soft fingering weight single strand of 100% Merino superwash wool, sourced from Peru and dyed in Uruguay. These Speckled Collection shades may be subtle in the skein, but they pack lots of color punch.
My usual perch behind the front register gives me a great view of our 20+ colors of Rowan Felted Tweed, and I confess I think – a lot – about new projects I’d like to start with it, maybe a Snedronningen* stranded pullover from Isabell Kraemer or a Waffle Sweater* from Chiaki Hiyashi. Then this happens: our customer Gina comes in and mentions she’s almost done with a Toughnut* scarf in Felted Tweed, and I have a new queue topper!
Martha Wissing’s design combines simple stitch pattern switching and the easiest possible style of intarsia color blocking, plus it offers the chance to play with at least four colors of Felted Tweed – win/win/win.
Do I hear you say, “intarsi-no way”? Yes, you can. Let Jen Arnall-Culliford show you all you need to remember is “old goes over new,” and you’ll be on your intarsi-way!
I’ll cast on for Toughnut just as soon as I finish the shop model I’m making now with Urth Uneek Cotton DK and Berroco Modern Cotton DK. Coincidentally, it’s another shawl called Scalene* but designed by Theresa Gaffey. It’s such easy, mindless knitting I got a bit too cocky and started reading on my Kindle while knitting and whoops…
…see that? Nine rows down, I slipped my needle into the stitch in the row below the one it was meant to go into, creating a K1B, a “knit one below.” Luckily for me, this problem is easily fixed. I dropped the stitches in that column down as far as the one below the unintentional K1B…
…then re-knit the column by working back up the ladder of released stitches (the different colors help!), one row at a time, using my trusty Fixer (the teeny crochet hook) to pull each strand into the stitch in the row below, from back to front, re-creating the stitches in the column, all the way up to the row on the needles.
Good as new! Now I’ll be setting the Kindle aside and will finish this Scalene so it will be ready to show you by the next post. (I do love the gorgeous peony pinks and greens of this Uneek Cotton!)
Note: Patterns marked with an asterisk (*) are available at Gosh Yarn It!