Why wait until LYS Day, Saturday, April 30, to celebrate having a local yarn store? At GYI, we will be partying all month long, starting next week, with lots of specials and surprises.
It may be April Fool’s Day, but this is no joke — a major restock of Rowan Felted Tweed arrived today!
Congratulations to all our Spring Sprinters who set and met their goals. I’ve seen several of your projects, heard about others, and look forward to sharing as many as possible here in the coming weeks.
March really did go out like a lion where I live. We had a furious rainstorm that knocked out our power for over an hour. My last hour of official Spring Sprint knitting was done by candlelight.
Did I finish my Summer Soundtrack* pullover? Nope — I’ve gotten only as far as separating the body from the sleeves, and I’m okay with that. I never expected to finish in 31 days. For me, the Spring Sprint was the reminder I needed to work on one project EVERY day — no matter how many others I had going at the same time. I plan on keeping that same pace, and, believe it or not, the blob pictured below will be a sweater in another month.
My actual completed Spring Sprint projects are these two pairs of booties and the pattern they were knit from — my seamless adaptation of Stay-on baby booties, as mentioned in the last post. I would still welcome more test knitters.
Here are two more completed Spring Sprint projects. Liz used two hanks of Malabrigo Sock for this elegant single-warped scarf, woven with a 10-dent heddle. It looks so comfortable, doesn’t it?
Kathy knit her sweet little mermaid with Berroco Pima 100 and Amy Gaines’ Mermaid pattern. I may have to make a few of these for my 🧜♀️-loving granddaughters this summer.
And now for some FOs that weren’t knit as Sprint projects. Let’s start with Gina’s vibrant Embers* from Tin Can Knits. She used Emma’s Yarn Practically Perfect Sock for the body of the sweater. The textured colorwork was knit with Edition 3 from Schoppel Wolle. This sweater is on fire🔥!
For a “bespoke” pair of socks for her husband, Laurie customized a favorite pattern with asymmetric cables, placing them to the outside of each sock. This was accomplished with no small amount of research into cable pattern options! Here’s the amazing left foot:
Bonnie did some customization of her own, changing the stand-up garter collar of Melissa LaBarre’s Habanero* cardigan to traditional 2×2 ribbing — with this adorable result.
While baby may not be quite big enough yet for the cardigan, the matching hat is already getting regular use. I love the one-row stripes she got using helical knitting technique.
Francie used the pinkest pink Lana Grossa 365 Cashmere for this light, summer weight Guernsey Wrap* from designer Jared Flood. The pattern clearly works as well with non-wool as wool yarns — it’s all about beautiful stitch definition and drape.
Please allow a proud Nana to include this blanket “action shot.”
I’ll close with Tina’s showstopper Jade Scarf* from Lisa Richardson.
The scarf was designed specifically for Rowan Felted Tweed Colour, and Tina used the two suggested colors (#024 Chestnut and #027 Succulent), making only one slight change — she worked 23 of 25 pattern repeats to allow her to use 4 balls of each.
Isn’t this just stupendous? When Tina brought it in, there was much exclaiming over not only her lovely colorwork but also the incredible softness of the fabric. That’s Felted Tweed for you — I think I remember someone saying, “It feels just like a pile of bunnies!”
Note: Patterns marked with an asterisk (*) are available at Gosh Yarn It!