Howling wind and snow, sleet, ice… enough already, winter. Fortunately, our Spring Sprint starts next week, and that should make the last month of winter fly by! Spring Sprint is a fun way to challenge ourselves to start and finish (at least) one entire project in 30 days—a chance to stitch our personal best.
You can knit, crochet, or weave anything you like. The only rule for Spring Sprint is to start no earlier than March 1 and finish by March 30.
If you’re looking for some ideas, take a look at designer Elizabeth Smith’s Soundtrack sweaters and cowls. They have simple slip stitch patterning, keeping the knitting both interesting and easy. Choose from either worsted weight (cool weather) or lighter DK weight (warm weather) versions. When you buy your Spring Sprint yarn from GYI, we’ll give you your choice of one Soundtrack pattern FREE, as our gift!
Jill knit our store model of the Summer Soundtrack Cowl* using Berroco Ultra Wool DK in a matter of days:
If you’d like to join the Spring Sprint, just email us at info<at>goshyarnitshop.com and tell us what you’ll be making. In April, we will host an in-store show of Spring Sprint projects to celebrate the creativity of the GYI community. We hope we may feature your work! If you won’t be able to loan your work for display, please be sure to email us a photo so we can share it here online.
The email we sent out earlier this week mentioned yarns recently restocked — all of which can be used for the Soundtrack patterns, by the way — Rios and Sock from Malabrigo, Ultra Wool DK, Vintage Worsted, and Ultra Alpaca Natural from Berroco, Blue Sky Fibers Woolstok, and Kelbourne Woolens Scout. But we left one out: Cascade 128 Superwash!
As you see, our favorite chunky yarn is back on the shelves in two dozen shades. The plump 2-ply twist of Cascade 128 Superwash is 100% buttery-soft merino that works up into a snuggly machine washable and dryable fabric.
The winner of this month’s “Didn’t-Know-I-Needed-It-Now-Can’t-Live-Without-It” Prize goes to the new Knitting Barber Cords. What are they? Smooth silicone cords that securely stick to your needle tips, allowing you to quickly slide your stitches off to try a garment on for size and then safely slip the stitches right back on your needle again. Each tin includes one 60″ cord and two 30″ cords. No more threading a needle with waste yarn or dental floss. (And after selling out in record time, the EZ PZ Gauge Ruler, last month’s winner, is now back in stock.)
What have our customers been working on? Laurie completed her lovely Avantaea’s Blanket last month. She said she decided to cast on 300 stitches to “see where that takes me.” It took her to 36 x 90″! She knit stockinette with a garter border, sideways on a 32″ cable needle using a little bit of a lot of yarns—Rowan Felted Tweed, Berroco Vintage Worsted, Titus Baa Ram Ewe, Lana Grossa Gomitolo 200 Dégradé, plus other fingering, DK, and worsted weight yarns, held alone or together — a real stash buster.
Molly chose Cascade 128 Superwash in pure white for her baby-sized blanket in an elegantly simple ribbed pattern.
Gina used (mostly) Cascade 128 Superwash for her bold OOAK version of Denise Bayron’s Wave of Change Jacket*. The original design is a solid color stockinette cardigan with evenly spaced purl ridges. Here Gina used all stockinette but has added diamond motifs and randomly-placed bolts of bright colors that are absolutely inspired!
Here is Betsy’s stunning Cumulus Blouse* from designer PetiteKnit in Shibui Billow in Deep Water. Holding two strands of silk/mohair lace weight together or a strand of silk/mohair with another lace or light fingering weight yarn is in vogue right now. What Betsy’s sweater so beautifully shows is that you can get the same on-trend look and DK weight by using Billow alone.
Now, what will you make in March?
Note: Patterns marked with an asterisk (*) are available at GYI.