10/26/16: Take 100 stitches…

Here’s a free cowl pattern we hope you’ll want to make again and again. The stitch pattern will work well with any size yarn; we made ours in bulky on 100 stitches. It’s simple enough for a new knitter and looks great made up either in solid or striping/variegated yarns – or both together!

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Shown above in bulky weight yarn, adaptable for any yarn & needle size (See Note on Gauge, below)
Yarn: 240 yards bulky weight yarn
Sample made with 2 balls Lana Grossa Alta Moda Cashmere 16 (50g/110m), colors 07 & 10, and US #10.75/7mm needle
Finished Size: 9” x 33”
Needles/Notions: 24” circular US #11/8mm or size appropriate to your yarn
Ring marker
Cast on 100 stitches using the Long Tail cast on method.
Join to work in the round, being careful not to twist stitches.
Place a ring marker at end of round and slip at the start of each round.
Round 1: Knit
Round 2: [Knit 1, Purl 1]; repeat [ ] to end of round
Repeat Rounds 1 and 2 to desired length, ending after Round 2. If changing colors, change to new color at the start of Round 1.
Bind off in purl as follows: purl first two stitches of round, slip first stitch on right needle over the second stitch. Purl 1, slip first stitch on right needle over the second stitch; repeat until one stitch remains.
Cut yarn, leaving about a 6” tail, and secure tail by pulling through last stitch.
Finishing: Weave at least 2-2½” of each yarn tail into fabric with a darning needle. Soak in cool water, blot dry on towels, and lay flat to air dry. To prevent creases, insert a cardboard tube from a roll of paper towels inside each edge, much like a scroll, and roll the cowl over several times as it dries.
Note on Gauge: This pattern is easily adapted for smaller or bigger yarn. You’ll need to check the suggested size needle and gauge for your yarn (typically the number of stitches worked over 4” in stockinette) and cast on an even number of stitches for desired circumference for your cowl. For example, the gauge for worsted weight yarn is often listed as 18 stitches = 4” on a US #8/5mm. For a 33” cowl at this gauge, cast on 148 stitches. Yardage needed to complete project will go up as needle size goes down. 

10-25-16-13Here’s something else we love, Carolyn Kern’s Thompson River Socks, which appeared this fall in the 20th Anniversary edition of Interweave Knits. These worsted weight socks will keep your feet warm and stylish with a little colorwork, some cables, and knit and purl gansey patterning. Carolyn will teach a 2-part workshop in making these toe-up beauties on November 12 & 19. Both sessions will meet 1:00-3:00 p.m. The pattern is sized for child (shown in red), adult female, and adult male (shown in grey).

We are offering a kit to make the grey version with enough HiKoo Sueño worsted yarn to make a pair in the largest size (8¾” foot circumference, 10½” foot length) for $38. Kit may be purchased without class registration, but you really don’t want to miss this chance to learn from the designer herself. Congratulations, Carolyn, on having your design published in an issue of Knits that is sure to become a collector’s edition.

And congratulations to newlywed Rachel! Here she models her spectacularly beautiful wedding shawl, knit in Jaggerspun Zephyr. (She not only made her own shawl, she grew the flowers for her bouquet, too!)


Catherine also chose a rich, deep purple for her Guernsey Wrap* from Jared Flood. The yarn is Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Superwash Worsted, and it does a great job of showing off Catherine’s stitches in patterns drawn from traditional Guernsey fishermen’s sweaters.


More royal purple! Joanne modified MJ Kim’s Claudia hat pattern, giving it a pompom topper. Her yarn is Simplinatural from HiKoo.


Did you see Joanne’s baby hat in the last post? Here are the matching socks, which have the lace pattern from the hat on the leg (which had to be knit in the toe-to-cuff direction) with the foot portion of JM Cobb’s free pattern Wee Socks for Wee Feet (which had to be knit in the cuff-to-toe direction). To accomplish this, Joanne used a provisional cast on for the sock just above the heel flap and knit down to the toe. She then picked up the ankle stitches from the cast on and knit up to the cuff. That’s really using your knitting know-how!


Ann Weaver’s Yipes Stripes Cowl* is a sampler of different techniques for striping, which include a turned hem, slipped stitches, and a two-color bind off. Jane took a class with Ann Weaver and made hers with Rowan Pure Wool and stash yarn.


Let’s take a closer look at all those cool ways to stripe up your knitting:

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The stripes in my Herald*, from designer Janina Kallio, come from five colors of SweetGeorgia Tough Love Sock.

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I never thought I’d ever knit with yarn the color of Cheetos®, but I absolutely loved making this. We have these colors in stock if you’d like your own happy-making Herald.

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Joan is doubling down on her striping, thanks to the wonderful “new” technique of Sequence Knitting. Here is her own original personal cowl pattern worked in a broken garter rib in Blue Sky Fibers Woolstok. Don’t you love the contrast sections of solid grey and barn red?

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We’re trying to do our part to spread the good news of Sequence Knitting, too. Right now we are sampling a new shop pattern for a scarf that would be both a great first knitting project and a satisfying “autopilot” knit for a more experienced knitter. We’re using silky Acadia from Fibre Company. It’s about half finished, so if you visit us soon, you’re welcome to pick it up, knit a few rows, and become a convert to Sequence Knitting. The pattern will appear here in the blog soon.


Note: Patterns marked with an asterisk (*) are available at Gosh Yarn It!

10/15/16: Make America knit again.

An LYS in Oklahoma has a special promotion going right now, Make America Knit Again. I like the slogan just on face value and the idea that knitters and crocheters can inspire others to take up their craft and make more “makers” in this country. The best way I can think of to do that is to wear and show off your handmade items out there in public, on the street, in your workplace, in the homes of friends and family. Who knows how many folks you could inspire? (Don’t want to teach them yourself? Just send them our way.) The FOs this time around would inspire anyone to pick up needles and yarn.

Brigid’s Sasha Wrap* is the very first FO made with our new Alta Moda Cashmere 16. I only wish you could swipe your screen to feel how soft this one is. The tagua nut button gives it just the perfect finish. Designer is Sarah Smuland.


Another project of Brigid’s shows not only that this knitter has a flair for picking just the right finishing touch but also knows her way around hand-dyed yarns. Her Georgetown Poncho* from Martha Wissing was made with Tosh Vintage from madelinetosh. She expertly alternated skeins to avoid color pooling.


Her choice of JŪL buttons, to offset the neckline and create “sleeves” at the sides, was genius!

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Brigid’s third and final FO this post is Whipped Berries, a free pattern from SplitStitch Designs. Two skeins of Malabrigo Caracol made a supersized cowl that can be wrapped once or twice for extra lusciousness.

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Time to switch gears, from super bulky to lace: Wanda’s Jadis* is an ethereal beauty, designed by Susanna IC. Wanda used Freia Lace.

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And, of course, there are beads!


Joanne used a personal pattern for this little cutie hat of Sirdar Snuggly.


Our newest shop sample is Jill’s Trimont Snood* in Woolstok from Blue Sky Fibers. We tell folks wool will soften with washing, and this is a great example. Woolstok is Peruvian Highland wool and is soft in the skein, but knitting and a good soak in Soak turn it into a luxury yarn. The pattern comes from designer Sylvia Hager.


There’s a new yarn in the shop you really should see (and touch) in person: Milella from Cascade. If you like certain Japanese gradient yarns, you will love this smooth, soft blend of silk, wool, and nylon. It stripes with long stretches of deeply saturated colors. It’s always a pleasure to watch how the the colors seem to bloom right on your needles.


Note: Patterns marked with an asterisk (*) are available at Gosh Yarn It!


10/06/16: What’s new, Part 2

This post is filled with free patterns, finished projects, new yarns, and shameless plugs for fall classes we think you’ll enjoy. Make yourself comfortable and read on…

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Have you seen our Wall of Fingering lately? That whole bottom row is all SweetGeorgia Tough Love Sock. But you don’t have to be a sock knitter to love Tough Love. I’m mixing it with Alegria (in the middle row) for my sample of Romi Hill’s Swoop* shawl for the upcoming pattern-reading class on October 15.

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You’ll never get lost in a snowstorm in this Gina Short Row Hat. Wear with a bit of slouch or as a beanie – maybe even turn up the edge for a brim? It’s knit flat and seamed. (New to the Kitchener stitch for invisible seams? Check out our Kitchenering class on November 9.) The yarn is washable merino Viva from Lang, and the pattern is free with purchase. All the Viva gradient colorways are fun and bright, but this one is rainbow bright.


Catherine used a sunset-hued shade of Malabrigo Rios for Graham, a free and easy hat pattern from Jennifer Adams, above. The cozy purple cowl is Scott Rohr’s Inclination* in soft, soft Malabrigo Caracol.

Below, Stephanie’s one-skein Caracol cowl was done in no time on #19 needles. The free pattern is the aptly named Instacowl by Melissa Thomson.

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Bonnie picked Malabrigo Rios for her Nobi-Nobi* from Olga Buraya-Kefelian. Olgajazzy’s designs are always fiendishly clever, and this is no exception. The tuck stitch hat is completely reversible.

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Oh, to have more live hat models! Plopping this stylish slouch hat down on a chair just does not do it justice.


I can’t wait to see FOs arrive made with the new splatter colorways of Tosh DK from madelinetosh. But the hanks are also pretty just as they are…


The newest yarn in the shop is Alta Moda Cashmere 16 from Lana Grossa. Yup, you heard that right, cashmere. It’s a won’t-break-the-bank blend of 78% virgin wool, 12% cashmere, and 10% polyamide, just enough to give the soft natural fibers a bit of extra structure. It comes in sophisticated solids and tonal shades. It’s ideal for quick cowls, hats, and scarves worked up on #11 (or bigger) needles.


Donna Smith’s Baa-ble Hat was the official pattern of Shetland Wool Week 2015, and over 5700 projects have since been posted on Ravelry. Carolyn Kern will teach her popular class on stranded knitting technique, often called colorwork or Fair Isle knitting, using the Baa-ble Hat pattern on Saturday, October 22. Here is Carolyn’s sample in Liberty Wool. Our new Woolstok from Blue Sky Fibers and Rowan Pure Wool are other excellent yarn choices. Can you resist those plump little sheepy faces?


Jill adapted her stylish Pulse* for Cima and Silk Cloud from Shibui. Buy your yarn at GYI, and Antonia Shankland’s cowl/scarf pattern, originally written for DK weight yarn, is our gift to you. We have lots of Cima/Silk Cloud color pairings to choose from. The construction is much like log cabin knitting, so if you can work garter stitch and pick up from an edge, this one will be a breeze.

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Beth found the pattern for Romi Hill’s Crystal Bay Shawl in the Fall/Winter 2015 issue of knit.purl magazine. She did a lovely job of both knitting and blocking. Her yarn is Jilly Lace from Dream in Color.

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Beth’s other FO she shared with us won the First Premium Blue Ribbon at the Harford Fair!  Here is the V-neck sweater she made for her husband from HiKoo Kenzie, Diane Soucy’s Knitting Pure & Simple #247 V Neck Down Pullover for Men*.

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She added some of her own touches to the pattern, including a brilliant hem that begins with several rows of 1×1 ribbing and ends in a short stockinette section for a rolled edge. (If you’d like to learn top down construction for sweaters, we have a class on Saturday, October 22. The pattern is Kelly Brooker’s Puerperium for newborns, a teeny tiny cardigan that will teach you all the basics of seamless sweater knitting in no time.) Congratulations on your winning sweater, Beth!

After the Harford Fair, came the Luzerne County Fair. I’m not a regular fair-goer, haven’t been since the kids were small, but this year we took the next generation (age 3) to her first Fair. In the Arts & Crafts building, I was delighted to find…

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more ribbon winners, all Tina’s! Above, Tina’s ivory Olivia* from Suzie Sparkles in  Cascade Heritage Solids and her sea glass green Islay* from Gudrun Johnston. Her Ambrelle Shrug* from Corrina Ferguson was made with a charcoal grey Baa Ram Ewe Titus.

Among the mitten and hat entries I spotted Tina’s First Place Purlish* mitts, designed by Bonnie Sennott, in Fibre Co. Canopy Fingering and Baa Ram Ewe Titus, and Peppernut Mitts*, also a Bonnie Sennott design, in Isager Alpaca 2. And there was a Just Chillin’* hat in madelinetosh Vintage beside a Delta Hat*, designed by Ella Austin. Start your own Just Chillin’ on Wednesday, October 26. This class with Carolyn Kern’s excellent pattern will polish your circular knitting skills and de-mystify cables.

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But the show stopper was Tina’s Clara in Isager Alpaca 2, sporting both its blue ribbon and a purple on for Best of Show. Congratulations, Tina!


More views of Tina’s Olivia, taken on a visit to the shop…

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Olivia was the August Sleepaway Camp project. Linda made one of Carolyn Kern’s June camp projects, #77 Dream Hat. The English Rose Malabrigo Rios was a great choice for this hand dye-friendly pattern.


A tale of two Madisons: Bonnie chose DK weight Fibre Co. Acadia for hers, casting on a mere 64 stitches to make it a true scarf. Gina’s Madison Scarf was made with the suggested lace weight and worked as per the pattern on 102 stitches. Her yarn is Road to China Lace, also from Fibre Co. Both are spectacular!

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Bonnie dug deep into her stash for some Tahki Torino Bulky for this cute Tony Keith Baby Blanket*, designed by Taiga Hilliard. This reversible blanket is knit from the center out and would make an adorable (quick) baby gift.


Joanne also did some stash diving to find the Universal Yarn Dolce Merino and Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino she used for a personal pattern she is calling Framed Lace Scarf. She picked a stitch pattern she liked from a stitch dictionary and edged it in garter stitch.


Wanda’s needles have really been flying. Her Lake Street Shawl from Sarah Braverman combined Cascade 220 Sport with some stash yarn. Her Summer Poncho from Susan Whitmore was worked entirely of Sublime Luxury Tweed DK. Thank you for sharing your gorgeous FOs and for modeling them, too, Wanda!

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Note: Patterns marked with an asterisk (*) are available for sale at GYI.



9/27/16: Classes for Fall

DESIGN YOUR OWN CLASS: Private Instruction
What would you like to learn? Now you can design your own private lessons in knitting or crochet. You pick the project and/or the techniques. Register for a single hour-long lesson or save when you purchase two or more classes, which can be scheduled at mutually convenient times. Want to work on the same project with friends? Groups of up to 3 can be accommodated at the same time.
Fees: 1 class – $15; 2 classes – $27.50; 3 classes – $40

S A T U R D A Y   C L A S S E S

Get started knitting! Progressing at your own pace, you’ll master casting on, the knit and purl stitches, and binding off. All materials provided for first class. $5 of your class fee will be refunded as a store credit to be used either for the purchase of yarn and needles for take-home practice the day of your class or registration for a second session.
Saturday, October 1; 10:00-11:00am (also Saturday, November 5; 10:00-11:00am)
Fee: $20

Have you ever read a pattern that calls for familiar techniques and stitches, but has a construction method that you can’t quite figure out? Using Romi Hill’s strikingly graphic 2- or 3-color shawl Swoop, you’ll learn to read a pattern to preview a project from start to finish. Wrap & turn short rows will be demonstrated, and we will cast on and knit as far into the pattern as time allows.
Saturday, October 15; 11:00am-1:00pm
Fee: $30


A delicate lace washcloth and soap sack from designer Romi Hill make an elegant and quick one-skein gift. The washcloth is knitted from the center out to the edge, and the soap sack is knitted from the bottom up seamlessly. In this class several circular and no-graft cast ons will be demonstrated, and you will practice knitting lace in the round from both written and charted directions. (Warning: these projects are like potato chips; you may not be able to stop after making just one!) Previous experience working in the round on DPNs required.
Saturday, October 15; 2:00-4:00pm (also Wednesday, December 7; 1:30-3:30pm)
Fee: $30


THE BAA-BLE HAT: Tips & Techniques for Stranded Knitting with Carolyn Kern
Donna Smith’s design for Shetland Wool Week 2015 was the #1 queued pattern on Ravelry last year, with over 5600 projects posted. The pattern is written using an unusually tight gauge for a worsted/aran weight yarn, though, and many knitters ended up with hats that didn’t fit. Don’t let that happen to you; let Carolyn teach you all about getting gauge in Fair Isle knitting. You’ll make a colorwork swatch that simulates working in the round. She will review two-handed stranded colorwork technique; and, as time permits, demonstrate making a two color pompom with a Clover pompom maker.
Saturday, October 22; 10:00am-12:30pm
Fee: $45

puerperiumPUERPERIUM: Seamless Sweater Basics
A big name for a tiny top down cardigan sweater, Puerperium is designed to fit newborns up to 6 weeks old. It may be small, but it is an adorable introduction to seamless sweater knitting. You’ll learn the same techniques needed to make adult garments in just a few hours of knitting. (Designer Kelly Brooker also offers Beyond Puerperium, a pattern sized up to 2 years. You can easily make one for an older child after practicing on the newborn size.)
Saturday, October 22; 1:00-4:00pm
Fee: $45

Get started knitting! Progressing at your own pace, you’ll master casting on, the knit and purl stitches, and binding off. All materials provided for first class. $5 of your class fee will be refunded as a store credit to be used either for the purchase of yarn and needles for take-home practice the day of your class or registration for a second session.
Saturday, November 5; 10:00-11:00am (also Saturday, October 1; 10:00-11:00am)
Fee: $20


Love brioche knitting? You’ll love learning the brioche increases and decreases in Stephen West’s Briochevron Cowl & Scarf. Make it with two colors or a main color and up to six contrast stripes. Knit flat, the I-cord cast on and bound off edges are sewn together for the cowl. Even with a short pattern motif that is easy to memorize, brioche knitting requires extra concentration, so this class includes a lunch break!
Saturday, November 5; 12:00-1:00pm/lunch break/2:00-4:00pm
Fee: $45



Designer Anne Hanson says, “here is a stash-busting, super cozy cowl to knit now for yourself and again in different shades for holiday giving—the perfect chill chaser for anyone on your list. Its intricate patterning and texture hold a little secret—in real life, it is extremely quick, easy, and entertaining to work in the round using two or three colors. Pattern includes instructions for two lengths and several color arrangements.”
Saturday, November 12; 10:30am-12:30pm
Fee: $30


Carolyn’s pattern for worsted weight socks was published in Interweave Knits Fall 2016. It is worked toe up and incorporates some of her favorite knitting techniques: gansey patterns, colorwork, and cables. This class is an excellent choice for a knitter who has only made cuff down socks and wants to try the toe up.  It also could be a first sock class if you have mastered knitting in the round using DPNs, 2 circular needles, or magic loop method. This is a 2-session class. The first class will cover Judy’s Magic Cast-On and beginning the chart. The second class will focus on the heel (short rows) and the cuff (colorwork), and a demonstration of a tubular bind off. Carolyn recommends using Hikoo Sueño worsted yarn. A kit will be available for an additional cost.
(2) Saturdays, November 12 & 19; 1:00-3:00pm
Fee: $60

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After making one pair, you’ll want to make lots more of these cute stay-on booties to always have some on hand for baby gifts. Greemy Baby Booties is a simple pattern that is a great introduction to Judy Becker’s Magic Cast-On and magic loop knitting. (Also a great way to use up odds & ends of fingering/sock weight yarn!)
Saturday, November 19; 10:30am-12:00pm (also Wednesday, November 30; 1:30-3:00pm)
Fee: $25


If we rated patterns mild, medium, or spicy, these Laura Aylor fingerless mitts would definitely be spicy! There’s plenty here to hold the interest of experienced knitters and adventurous beginners who have knit in the round before on DPNs, magic loop, or 2 circulars. All special stitches used in the design will be demonstrated.
Saturday, December 3; 11:00am-1:00pm
Fee: $30

We went looking for the cutest tiny stocking and found that it’s knit flat – how easy is that? Once you practice making one with sport weight in class, you can make your next one as small as you like with smaller yarn to use as an ornament or package decoration.
Saturday, December 3; 2:30-4:00pm (also Wednesday, November 16; 1:30-3:00pm)
Fee: $25


W E D N E S D A Y   C L A S S E S

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We think the ideal first sock is knit cuff down on DPNs. In this class you’ll make a single baby sock in one afternoon and master all the basics of sock construction. Pattern is Churchmouse Wee Baby Socks, an addendum to the Churchmouse Basic Socks pattern.
Wednesday, October 5; 1:30-5:30pm
Fee: $60


If flat knitting is getting old, try something new – knitting in the round. Adventurous beginners will get great practice working in the round on DPNs or magic loop with these fashionable fingerless mitts from Churchmouse. When done, they make very welcome gifts.
Wednesday, October 19; 1:30-3:30pm
Fee: $30


Carolyn Kern’s ingenious cabled design makes a hat everyone on your gift list will love. This class is offered for newer knitters interested in learning how to knit cables and work in the round. The pattern is sized for older children, women, and men. (Pompom is optional!)
Wednesday, October 26; 1:30-3:30pm
Learn to see the structure of a good stitch so you’ll know what to do when one goes wrong, including how to pick up and repair dropped stitches, safely un-knit (“frog”), and how to fix stitches without ripping out your work.
Wednesday, November 2; 1:30-2:30pm
Fee: $15

When a pattern says join with an invisible seam, it’s time to do the Kitchener stitch. It can be used for stockinette, garter, seed stitch, ribbing, etc. In this class you’ll get an introduction to the why’s and how’s of Kitchenering and plenty of time to practice seaming both on and off the needles.
Wednesday, November 9; 1:30-3:30pm
Fee: $30

LCR Socks

We went looking for the cutest tiny stocking and found that it’s knit flat – how easy is that? Once you practice making one with sport weight in class, you can make your next one as small as you like with smaller yarn to use as an ornament or package decoration.
Wednesday, November 16; 1:30-3:00pm (also Saturday, December 3; 2:30-4:00pm)
Fee: $25


greemybooties2BABY BOOTIES
After making one pair, you’ll want to make lots more of these cute stay-on booties to always have some on hand to give as baby gifts. Greemy Baby Booties is a simple pattern that is a great introduction to Judy Becker’s Magic Cast-On and magic loop knitting. (Also a great way to use up odds & ends of fingering/sock weight yarn!)
Wednesday, November 30; 1:30-3:00pm  (also Saturday, November 19; 10:30am-12:00pm)
Fee: $25

A delicate lace washcloth and soap sack from designer Romi Hill make an elegant and quick one-skein gift. The washcloth is knitted from the center out to the edge, and the soap sack is knitted from the bottom up seamlessly. In this class several circular and no-graft cast ons will be demonstrated, and you will practice knitting lace in the round from both written and charted directions. (Like eating potato chips, you may not be able to stop after making just one!) Previous experience working in the round on DPNs required.
Wednesday, December 7; 1:30-3:30pm (also Saturday, October 15; 2:00-4:00pm)
Fee: $30

Photo credits: Romi Hill, Caroline Kern, Leah Williams, westknits, David Whitfield, Interweave Knits, chopped tomatoes, Laura Aylor, little cotton rabbits, Churchmouse Yarns & Teas


09/19/16: What’s new, Part 1

Grab a calendar, mark this date: Thursday, October 13, 4-7 p.m. We’re hosting an Oink Pigments Pop-up Shop/Trunk Show at GYI.

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Meet “Pigmentologist” Helena Bristow and her bright and playful hand-dyed yarns and fibers, all 100% American-made, from sheep to shelf.

Many of you admired the beautiful 7-skein set of Oink Pigments Sport yarn that was our Campfire Grand Prize at camp this year. There will be more yarns like them for sale, plus the full range of Oink yarn bases and dyeing styles.


More big news: the shop will be open most Sundays this fall, 12-4, through November 20 (but not October 2 or October 30). Sundays are a great day to shop leisurely and really see everything. We hope you can also join us at the work table for some relaxing Sunday stitching.


New yarns in the spotlight in the last post were Rios worsted and Caracol super-bulky from Malabrigo and fingering/sock weight Alegria from Manos del Uruguay. (That’s Rios, above, knit up by Bonnie into Olga Buraya Kefelian’s Nobi Nobi hat.)

Now we have even more new yarns to love: SweetGeorgia Tough Love Sock in 20 colors, a major re-stocking of madelinetosh Tosh DK, and Woolstok, Blue Sky Fibers‘ newest yarn.

Woolstok is a soft and lofty worsted yarn, spun from premium Peruvian Highland wool. Blue Sky also created a spectacular pattern collection to showcase their newest yarn. We have both the patterns and all 21 colors of Woolstok in stock.


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Shown above: Endless Wrap, Tonka Bay Toque, Silver Bay Scarf, Trimont Snood, Cromwell Pullover, Spicer Hat (free pattern with yarn purchase), Bird Island Dog Sweater

SweetGeorgia’s Tough Love Sock is the yarn we would make if we could create the perfect sock yarn. Purchase a skein in September and get either the Cherry Lane Socks or Rushing Tide Shawl pattern from SweetGeorgia creator Felicia Lo for half price.

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And what do we need to say about Tosh DK?


If you were to start cataloging perfect yarns, madelinetosh yarns will always make the top 10 list. We’ve been waiting for this shipment since May. It’s finally here but won’t last long. Need ideas for your fall stitching projects? Just ask!

Coming in What’s new, Part 2 – your finished projects

08/12/16: August = yarn.

From August you can see September coming, and that means one thing to a yarn shop: time for new yarn!

Two big boxes from Malabrigo were the first through the door. One was filled with bags of colorful Rios, our favorite merino superwash worsted. It’s soft enough for baby garments but hard-wearing enough for hats and sweaters that will get seasons of wear, all at a great price. Also tucked in the box were copies of the new Malabrigo Book 10, which has 14 sweater and accessory patterns created for Rios from top designers.

The other package was packed with Caracol, Malabrigo’s latest yarn. They’ve taken a fluffy thick-and-thin single ply, dyed in their vivid signature colors, and wrapped it in a fine binder thread. The fabric it makes is amazing. It’s a super-bulky like their Rasta, but lighter and cozier. It works up lightning fast on 10mm+ needles or hooks. Got gift stitching?

Then the Alegria from Manos del Uruguay arrived. We loved it when it only came in variegated colors. (You did, too – we had a hard time keeping it in stock!) Now it comes in deep, semi-solid shades that are going to find just as many fans. Ever need a fingering yarn? This one can do it all, from lace shawls to everyday socks.

The most recent shipment arrived from Berroco. We’ve re-stocked colors of Vintage, our bestselling yarn, and are introducing a self-striping yarn called Viva from Lang of Switzerland, distributed in the U.S. by Berroco. It’s buttery smooth and soft merino and comes in all the colors of the rainbow. Self-striping yarns are always fun to work with, but some are just no fun to wear. Viva changes all that. (It’s even machine washable!)

While we wait for more visits from the big brown truck, there are FOs to share. Carolyn is working on a new sweater design and wore her prototype in the other day. This pretty shell is made from Alchemy and ITO yarns.

We also want to congratulate Carolyn on the well-deserved recognition she is receiving as a designer. Do try to get your hands on the new Fall issue of Interweave Knits (all of our copies sold out in a flash). It’s the 20th Anniversary issue with 20 featured patterns, and one of them is Carolyn’s! This is a “borrowed” picture of her Thompson River Socks from Interweave:


Bonnie completed her Madison Scarf* in a mix of Alpaca Yarn Co. Paca-Peds and Wonderland Cheshire Cat. Her colors look so happy together. While this pattern in the Road to China Lace of our sample has been the big hit of the summer, clearly fingering weight yarn – one or more colors – is an equally great choice.

Linda’s July camp project is this elegant woven scarf made with an ITO Kinu warp and her own handspun yarn. Doesn’t weaving look fun?

We’re beginning to wonder if Camper Shelly is staying up past Lights Out. Not only has she been keeping a pace of two camp projects per month, but she has found time to finish other projects as well! Here is her Elizabeth Shawl from designer Dee O’Keefe. The gentle tonal shading of the Dream in Color Jilly Lace complements Shelly’s beautifully-stitched Shetland motifs.

Her camp projects were Braidsmaid* by Martina Behm in tosh vintage…

… and Sleepaway Camp’s Waiting for Rain* from Softsweater Knits in Malabrigo Mechita. I would have been very pleased with myself to have finished either one.

There are more photos of completed camp projects that have been posted to our GYI Group discussion thread for camp on Ravelry, here. Camp Store closes this Saturday, August 13. If you know you can finish a 350+ yard project before the end of the month (let Shelly’s Olympian effort inspire you), there’s still time to join Camp GYI and shop for yarn at the 20% camp discount. Go for it!


Note: Patterns marked with an asterisk (*) are available at Gosh Yarn It!



07/26/16: Summer flies by.

But first, a word from our sponsor:

  • I know this is very short notice, but if you’re ready for socks, you can start this Saturday with the Churchmouse Wee Baby Sock on double point needles. You’ll knit a sock from cuff to toe in a 4-hour workshop, 12-4 pm. Please call the shop  by Thursday, July 28, to sign up for the 30th. Prior experience with DPNs needed for success.
  • Looking ahead to August, you can cast on Martina Behm’s Braidsmaid shawl on Saturday, August 13. The close-up below of Catherine’s Braidsmaid in madelinetosh Tosh Vintage says it all: simple garter + reversible cable = a whole lot of stunning. See more pictures in this post. This is a 2-hour class, 1:30-3:30 pm.


It’s hard to believe the fourth season of Camp GYI is already half over! The success of our summer camp is due in very large part to our amazing “staff,” our counselors – Shelly, Tina, and Carolyn. These ladies are awesome! They share their expertise on our Ravelry camp discussion thread for their monthly KAL projects and are a true inspiration. They all happened to be in the shop at the same time the other day and were gracious enough to allow me to take their picture. Here’s one for your Camp GYI memory book!

Next month the Sleepaway Camp KAL is for the Olivia* sweater by Suzie Sparkles. Shelly’s our August Counselor. The original pattern includes an adorable picot hem and a touch of lace. Shelly has adapted the design for a little boy version with a mistake rib panel instead of the lace. She has named her version Oliver. You can make either/both for camp. Here are her samples in Cascade Heritage Sock and Wonderland Cheshire Cat.

Olivia*, with a lacey body and picot hems.

Oliver, with mistake rib body and sleeve edging.

Shelly’s swatches for (l.to r.) Malabrigo Mechita, Cascade Heritage, CEY Telluride (purple), HiKoo Sueño (white), Wonderland Cheshire Cat.

Colleen is one of our newest knitters, and Violet Waffles from designer Halldora J. is her very first hat! She made easy work of the 100% Baby Alpaca DK from Plymouth.

Joanne doubled a brilliant canary yellow Mango Moon Mulberry Meadow for her BonBons, a free pattern from Susanna IC. Her little pink socks are Sirdar Snuggly DK.

Alice made this neat Neato* with Done Roving Frolicking Feet DK Gradient. The designer goes by the name JumperCables.

Angie showed me her just-begun crochet shawl using Cascade Ultra Pima, and I just had to take a picture to share. Can’t wait to see it finished!

I’m breaking my rule to show only projects made with (at least mostly) GYI yarn because the next 3 projects are that good. Linda wove this overshot stole at a workshop she recently attended. Wow!

It really is a masterpiece…

Mary Beth made Stephen West’s The Doodler* with some of our Manos Alegria and stash yarn. She switched out bobbles for the original picot hem. Given the popularity of this pattern (it has the most projects of any of his designs), I’m surprised that this is the first completed Doodler to visit the shop. Any others out there?

Here is Wanda’s cheery Range* from Andrea Mowry. She may have used stash yarn, but look at that brioche! And that ombre tweed section that I just couldn’t make work because the yarn I chose for my Range was too variegated. I may have to cast on for another., due only to manufacturing-related issues, Shibui is dropping our beloved Linen from their line. (Fear not – there will be an entirely new linen yarn coming from Shibui in 2017.) Our Linen supplies are pretty good right now, including the newest colors, so buy it while you can. Whip up a quick Janet Avila Summer Scarf, or send Linen off in style with your own Easy Folded Poncho*or Dangling Conversation*. Want to do something completely new? There are plenty of other suggested patterns on Ravelry for this popular summer staple yarn. I’ve always wanted to make a Linen Top with Linen, only longer, more like Hilary Carr’s Square-ish. Guess it’s now or never!

Below, Catherine’s Churchmouse Easy Folded Poncho*, Francie’s Dangling Conversation* from Mindy Ross, and Luci’s Summer Scarf.

Note: Patterns marked with an asterisk (*) are available at Gosh Yarn It!