Don’t want to “bury my lead,” so here’s our NEW YEAR news:
This frigid, icy, crazy cold weather kept so many of you away from the shop last week during our Pre-Inventory Sale (we understand, we really do!) that we are extending our sale through Saturday, January 6. A selection of premium yarns that did not get the love they deserve in 2017 are marked down 30%. The Clearance Corner shelves are also filled with lots of goodies at 40% off.
My email inbox started filling up with “Best of” lists right after Christmas. That started me thinking, which projects were Jill’s, Catherine’s, Brigid’s, and my favorites from 2017? Because not all FOs are created equal, as you know. Some are special – maybe you loved the yarn or a cleverly written pattern or, once the tails were all woven in, the finished piece made you say, “wow, I made that?!” Sometimes an FO just brings back happy memories of where you were when that project was your constant companion – all good reasons for making a “greatest hits” list. Here are the results of my poll of the GYI crew for everyone’s top three:
J I L L
Gale by Alicia Plummer
Jill used Malabrigo Chunky for her Gale. All our remaining Chunky is now 40% off, btw. Picture is from Gale’s pattern page on Ravelry.
Paulie Cowl by Lisa Hannes
Naturally, this beauty was made in Shalimar Yarns Paulie. It got a thumbs up for colorwork that only looks hard but is actually easy, thanks to mosaic knitting technique. Indulge in some merino/camel/cashmere/silk Paulie for yourself. It’s on sale now for under $24.
Plaid is the New Fad by Cally Monster
A work-in-progress shot of Jill’s shawl in Baah Yarn La Jolla. Cally’s ingenious design using slipped stitches made this one special. Below, Cally showing us her Plaid at this year’s TNNA. Love how she also wears it wrapped like a hap shawl.
C A T H E R I N E
Void by Melanie Berg
Picture is from Void’s pattern page on Ravelry. Catherine’s comments:
I remember the initial excitement of the knit-along for this project. I had this yarn in my stash, and I didn’t use it for the project that I had purchased it for, and I just loved the color of it, and thought it would be perfect for this project. I loved the pattern and the way it created the boxes of stockinette and garter in the same “box.”
I also remember how much I didn’t like it when I had completed it and thought that I was going to rip it out to become something else some day. Boy, was I glad I got some input from fellow knitters and did the bind off and tried it on first before ripping it out! I actually love the way it looks, so I kept it.
No-Wrong-Side Hat by Carolyn Kern
First, I always love doing a test knit for Carolyn. Her patterns are always well written and tech edited, so, generally, there’s nothing more to do than knit! What I loved about the pattern, upon seeing her sample, was the brim. She worked a fold over brim in the design that you don’t even realize is there because it works so well you don’t see it. Plus, what’s not to love about Tundra by the Fibre Company?
Bermuda Shawl by Ilga Leja
I had never done this pattern before, so I was eager to begin because of that, plus I had never used the Dipinto yarn from Lang before. While it is a pattern that you need to keep track of, definitely not mindless knitting, it isn’t very difficult, and the end result is fabulous!
B R I G I D
Frostline by Amy Miller
100% Maxima from Manos del Uruguay for 100% gorgeous.
Recursive Shawl by Jessica Bolof
Picture is from Recursive’s pattern page on Ravelry.
Origami Top Hat by Lori Versaci
Picture of our shop model in Malabrigo Rios.
A N N
PussyHat Project by Kat Coyle
2017 began with a pile of pink yarn. I had orders for half a dozen pink hats and a deadline. Whatever your politics, the opportunity to engage in craftivism does not come around nearly as often as it should. The photo shows my daughter-in-law and her cousin wearing the hats I made for them in front of the Newseum in Washington, D.C. at the Women’s March on January 21, 2017.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances – First Amendment to the United States Constitution
Guernsey Baby Blanket née Guernsey Wrap by Jared Flood
I enjoyed the challenge of re-working the long rectangular Guernsey Wrap design into a square blanket, and I really enjoyed using the Modern Cotton yarn from Berroco. The stitches practically flew off my needles. It was not as much fun, however, re-re-working my modifications after Mr. Flood completely changed his original charts and directions, but these things happen. Both his (updated) pattern and my (updated) instructions for the blanket are available at the shop.
Good Fortune Wrist Warmers by Ann Ross
Yup, by me! My very first original pattern. I learned so much about the whole process: imagining, designing, swatching, writing, and testing a knitting pattern. My hat’s off to all designers out there. Working with Arranmore Light from the Fibre Company was a treat. Would you like the free pattern? Click for a downloadable PDF: Good Fortune Wrist Warmers, v. 2018.
So that’s our Best of 2017. What tops the list of your favorite FOs?
Next post: Finished projects from Stephanie, Sharon, Jamie, and… you? Happy New Year!
Are you on Instagram? I post for the shop as @followthyarn. I must confess I jumped on the “Best Nine” bandwagon this year. Users can make a collage of their 9 most “liked” shots of the year and post with #2017bestnine. Here are our top ♥-getters: