Recently, a customer made my day: “I love reading your website the same way I loved Show & Tell at school” – wow, that’s exactly why I get such a kick out of doing these posts! And this time around, there’s a whole summer’s worth of finished projects to share, so sit back, relax, and enjoy the show.
Did you grab a copy of Casapinka’s Magical Thinking* pattern when the designer offered it free on Local Yarn Store Day back in April? Joan was in the right place at the right time with the right yarn (Dream in Color Smooshy) to produce this beauty.
Look closely… every color change comes with a pattern change, too! Joan says she really enjoyed making this “pullover shawl” because there was no getting bored when you switch stitches so often.
Hint: If you love the idea of Magical Thinking but might never wear a “poncho,” Casapinka’s Perfect Blend*, an asymmetric triangular shawl, has the same sort of fun stitch sampler striping. You do not need the 12 colors called for in the pattern to make it, though. Clearly, as few as 3 or 4 colors will be beautiful.
Joanne’s stunning Land & Sea cardigan from Andrea Yetman was also knit with Smooshy. Her main color was the DIC Pop-up Club March colorway of Smooshy with Cashmere.
Sharon used the same March Smooshy with Cashmere color for her Mimosa* shawl from Boo Knits and chose the DIC Pop-up Club’s May color for her rosy Close to You from Justyna Lorkowska. Both were Camp GYI projects; she has had one very productive summer! (And thank you, Sharon, for sharing these photos.)
Ann, another camper, chose the palette for her Windom Silk Wrap* from our 20+ colors of Berroco Pima 100. The pattern comes from designer Virginia Sattler-Reimer.
Earning her compliments whenever she wears it, Ann’s Derecho*, from Alison Green, was made with our non-wool Berroco Remix Light. So pleased with her first, she’s already working on a second.
Berroco Remix Light was Paula’s choice for her pretty Cinca* capelet. The design is Amy Christoffers’.
Stephanie’s beautiful Margarita* from Thea Colman was knit for camp using Lana Grossa 365 Cashmere. Don’t let the name fool you; this yarn may get a lot of its softness from its 15% cashmere content, but it’s as light, cool, and summery as can be.
A detail that captured Stephanie’s heart: the shaping that created the back neck. (It’s the little things…)
Steven is another happy summer camper. Wouldn’t you be if you had made this gorgeous design from Jana Huck, Kite Runner*? His yarn is Urth Yarns Harvest Fingering. I absolutely love these colors. (Photos brazenly slurped from Steven’s project page.)
How about some socks? Joanne used Manos del Uruguay Alegria for these toe-up, “strong heel” gems. (Guess you know you’re a sock knitter if you know what that means!)
Janet’s first-ever socks were knit in Berroco Vintage using a generic worsted weight pattern from an old magazine. She loves her new “bed socks” so much, she’s already at work on her next pair.
And how about some crochet? Rebecca stash-dove and came up with some sock yarn that was perfect for these jolly ornaments,
Brigid finished her Meghan Kelly Bibbe* in Fibre Company Arranmore Light and looks, understandably, pretty delighted with it.
Another fabulous photo I helped myself to: Tina’s Rhya* from Natasja Hornby. I did not want you to miss seeing her lovely work. Her yarn is Trendsetter New York.
Don’t ask for these adorable preemie hat patterns; Laurie just makes them up. And please don’t ask which yarns she used; they’re her sock leftovers. Laurie, you are an inspiration!
Not all of us can knit on the fly. I used Hunter Hammersen’s precise instructions in her Incise* hat collection, using Manos del Uruguay Maxima, to make this mosaic knit hat. The pattern contains 3 different designs. This is Hat B, and it was the most fun I had knitting all summer.
Jill whipped up this sweet Passing Showers Tee* from Kristi Morrow in Berroco Pima 100 for one lucky granddaughter…
…and this Hylan Sweater* from Heidi May in Malabrigo Rios for another!
Well, you’ve reached the last FO, and it’s our newest shop sample. Here is Jill’s Color Block Bias Wrap* in buttery soft GGH Topas. The pattern was designed by Suzanne Shaw and couldn’t be more adaptable to different sizes and different yarns. It’s an ideal way to start your fall knitting – dare I say, gift knitting? (And we’d love to have your FO featured here in a future update!)
Note: Patterns marked with an asterisk (*) are available at GYI.