07/17/17: New stock and re-stock.

Do you love silk/mohair yarn as much as we do? Then you’ll love our new Sugarbush Drizzle in over a dozen useful shades. Use alone or hold with other yarns to give your stitching that unique soft mohair halo. Even the price is nice, 219 yards for under $10.

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Sometimes the primary colors of a yarn sell out quickly, sometimes the neutrals. With the Alpaca Yarn Co. Classic Alpaca, it was the natural “Alpaca-colored” shades that disappeared from our shelves first. Now they’re back beside all the fun, crayon brights of our favorite 100% baby alpaca DK weight. Another yarn under $10.

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New shades of Malabrigo Lace have also arrived. We had to have more! Price-wise, we’re 3 for 3; Lace is just $8.80 for 470 yards of oh-so-squishy merino lace weight yarn.

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Our shop sample of Gina Bonomo’s Alla Moda scarf demonstrates that lace weight doesn’t have to mean lace knitting. Grab a US 6 needle and knit stockinette, alternating colors every row. How easy is that?

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We used Glazed Carrot and Fucsia (sic), which made an entirely new shade of wow.

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Yes, our new Trendsetter Transitions yarn has been featured in one of our emails, on our Facebook and Instagram feeds, and on our Ravelry group discussion threads. What can we say? We just can’t get enough of it.

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It comes in 660 yard ombré wheels (Transitions) or 880 yard color blending wheels (Transitions Smoothies) in nifty pull-out packaging. There are several free patterns you can choose from with purchase, such as the Striped Rib Triangle Shawl* below.

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Here are some Transitions Smoothies samples we saw in the Trendsetter booth at the recent trade show, and the pattern will be available soon. Those colors!

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The Fibre Company also knows its way around the color wheel. Beautiful Luma, their new DK weight wool/cotton/linen/silk blend, can be subtle and subdued…07.17.17.18.jpg

…or not. Annie chose the shade Zinnia for her Luma Stone Point* poncho, and it is gorgeous. A true year-round yarn, this will be as wearable and comfortable on chilly autumn days as cool summer evenings.

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Alice picked silvery grey and pure white Solo Lino for her Calva Dorsa from Diane Malinowski. The pattern uses slipped stitches to blend the colors. We’d already re-stocked some of the colors of Lana Grossa Solo Lino before seeing this charmer, and are we glad we did! We know Alice’s will inspire other knitters to make their own Calva Dorsa in Solo Lino. Like Luma, Solo Lino (100% linen, but you’d never know it) is comfortable and chic all year long.

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Tina finished this über-adorable Mabel from Fiona Alice in Blue Sky Fibers Woolstok. Pattern is free on Ravelry.

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ravelrylogo81r_20140401_144342_20140401_144344Speaking of Ravelry, you are planning to attend Stephanie Hogan’s Ravelry Roundtable on Saturday, July 22, 2:30-3:30 p.m., right? Stephanie is our very own Ravelry Guru, and she returns for another of her popular Ravelry FAQ sessions. She’ll introduce you to some of the site’s newer features and answer your questions about getting the most out of Ravelry.com. If you knit or crochet, you should know Ravelry! Bring your laptop, tablet, or smartphone, ready to login. The event is free, but seating is limited. Please call to let us know you’re coming, 570-287-9999.

We just couldn’t say no to the Gleener when we spotted it at the trade show. It’s the ultimate fuzz remover. It can be used to renew and refresh everything from your favorite sweater (hand knit or not) to the cushion on a child’s car seat – anywhere that those icky pills pop up. Blankets, socks, slacks, upholstery, you name it. Stop by the shop for a demo of the original Gleener. There’s even a Gleener On the Go travel size, perfect to stash in your car or desk, and a FURniture brush attachment for – you guessed it – pet hair. Your days of buying sticky rollers are over!

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The last word goes to Cardiff Cashmere Classic, our June Summer of Luxury yarn. It may be July, but we still have several shades of this enticing yarn left in store. Come in and grab some before it’s all gone. One ball makes these Lace Back Fingerless Gloves* from Churchmouse.

 

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

 

07/06/17: July is for stitching!

Four things we want you to know:

First, Fino is our featured July Summer of Luxury yarn, on sale 10% off throughout July. Imagine the softest merino fingering weight yarn that’s ever passed through your fingers, imagine it 10x softer and with the shimmer of silk and you’ll have Fino. We opened the box, and this is what was waiting inside. Couldn’t you just dive in?

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Manos del Uruguay, the distributors of Fino, have just introduced mini-skein bundles of Fino, 490 yards in all, and we have all seven Victorian-themed colorways. As if this one, Augusta, wasn’t gorgeous enough…

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…there are six more, Clarissa, Beatrix, Dorothea

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Eleanor, Flora, and Georgiana.

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Manos also has debuted three new free patterns that call for the mini-skeins plus one full-size skein, which we also have in stock.

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Above, Charnley Scarf, Rings of Rings Cowl, and Incremento Shawl. Copies of the patterns are free with purchase.

Join us for a free FINO MEET & GREET on Saturday, July 8, 2-4 p.m. To sample the yarn, bring US 4-7 needles or G-H hooks.

Fino is not only beautiful, it’s yarn that does good in the world. Manos del Uruguay is a non-profit organization that supports cooperatives of artisans (mostly women) throughout Uruguay that hand spin and dye yarn. So every skein you buy helps support a family!

 


 

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Second, back by popular demand, Stephanie Hogan, our Ravelry Guru, will lead a RAVELRY ROUNDTABLE on Saturday, July 22, 2:30-3:30 p.m.

This is a free event. Come with questions and your tablet, laptop, or smartphone, ready to log into Ravelry.com.

You’ll learn how to get the most out of this amazing site, definitely the best resource for knitters and crocheters on the web. Ravelry is always adding clever, new things to the site – one of the things we love about it! – and Stephanie will be able to take us on a tour of the basic and enhanced features.


 

Third, new needles! We now carry Chiao Goo Bamboo SPIN interchangeables. They’re made of the strongest bamboo on the planet with sharp, fast tips. The join is secure and smooth. And the flexible nylon cables spin around in their ends, eliminating the dreaded cord kink. What’s not to love?

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And, finally, fourth, have we mentioned lately how what amazing knitters and crocheters you all are lately? Yes, it’s time for your FOs!

Here are Joanne’s socks made with Holiday Yarn. Love the contrast heels and toes and the stripes that match.

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And here are Catherine’s socks made with Regia Arne & Carlos. More matching pairs. My hat’s off to anyone who can make their socks match!

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Joan’s chose Berroco Modern Cotton for her Herald* from Woolenberry – a great example of a pattern written for a fingering weight being upsized to a larger yarn and needle, taking on an entirely new look. What a perfect summer shawl.

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Joan gave Lynn di Cristina’s Edison* shawl a completely original twist, too, with our June featured yarn, Cardiff Cashmere Classic.

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Bonnie’s Cashmere Classic project was the Snowlynn* Hat by Heidi May. Like Joan’s Edison, it is beyond luxurious.

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Joanne is not just a sock knitter. Her adorable Baa-ble Hat* is in Berroco Ultra Wool. The designer is Donna Smith. The sweet little heart hat is Sirdar Snuggly. (I’ll need to find out the pattern name.)

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More pink cuteness, Paulette’s dress comes from Crochet Fantasy magazine. It’s called the Pink Frills Dress. The ruffly diaper cover is her own creation; her yarn is Modern Cotton.

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Gina is our Woolstok Whisperer. It was her choice for this spectacular Timber cardigan from Within: Knitting Patterns to Warm the Soul by Shannon Cook and Jane Richmond.

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Note: All patterns marked with and asterisk (*) are available at Gosh Yarn It!

06/01/17: 100% Cashmere. Cashmere!

We’re so excited to present our June selection for Camp GYI’s Summer of Luxury…

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Cardiff Cashmere Classic is a 100% cashmere DK weight yarn from Biella, Italy. We have ten – 10! – colors in stock. It is AMAZING.

Sample it yourself at our Summer of Luxury Yarn Tasting this Saturday, June 3rd, 2:00-4:00 p.m. (Sample one of our tasty watermelon coolers, too.)

This year at Camp GYI, there are no camp projects to sign up for, no required purchases, no deadlines. Just beautiful, beautiful yarn. Treat yourself to some of the world’s finest fibers and save 10% on each yarn all month long.

I have Cashmere Classic on my needles right now for a pair of Lace-Back Fingerless Gloves* from Churchmouse, and it is absolute heaven to work with.

*Take a class for beginning lace knitting using the Lace-Back Fingerless Gloves pattern. Saturday, June 24th, 2:00-4:00 p.m., $30. Call to register soon!

 

 

 

05/29/17: Come glamping with us.

Customers have been asking, “Are you doing Camp GYI this summer?” Better! We’re going glamping!

palm tree hammockCamping + glamour = glamping!

Looking ahead to a fifth season of summer camp, we knew Camp GYI was ready for a fresh, updated look, and the idea for a Summer of Luxury was born. This June, July, and August, we will feature three new sumptuous yarns – all indulgent treats for your needles and hooks.

Pamper yourself with the world’s finest fibers and work with these beautiful yarns on relaxing, easy projects. We’ll start each month with a yarn tasting. You’ll meet that month’s yarn while sipping a summer cooler and seeing a “fashion show” of pattern ideas. Watch your email inbox for the first “reveal” on June 1 and join us on Saturday, June 3, 2:00-4:00 p.m. for June’s Summer of Luxury Yarn Tasting.


I usually debut a new shop sample only after it’s finished, but here’s one that is just too beautiful to wait! Two skeins of Malabrigo Lace are all you need. Yes, I said “lace,” but it’s knit on US 6/4mm needles in easy stockinette, perfect for an adventurous beginner. The result is a spectacularly soft fabric, as light as air. The entire project comes in for under $20, and Gina Bonomo’s Alla Moda pattern is free.

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Wanda created more gorgeous fabric with some of the last of our Shibui Linen. The free pattern is Summer Poncho by Susan Whitmore. Stunning! There’s a bit of Linen left, and it’s still on sale – buy 1/get 1 half-price – if you’d like to make a Summer Poncho like Wanda’s for yourself. (Other yarn options might be Fibre Company Luma or Berroco Modern Cotton for a slightly cozier cover-up.)

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With Alice’s pairing of solid royal purple with a variegated (both Alegria from Manos del Uruguay), Stephen West’s Dotted Rays* has never looked so regal.

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So many ways to wear this beauty.

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Recently, we had a bit of a sock population explosion. Now it’s the hats’ turn. Peggy used our shop pattern Which Way Hat* and Berroco Vintage. Would you believe this is her very first hat and only her second FO ever? Not a stitch out of place!

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Another first that doesn’t look it: Karen’s Regular Guy Beanie by Chuck Wright in Woolstok from Blue Sky Fibers. Both Karen and Peggy can be very proud of their “firsts” and we look forward to seeing many more from each!

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Joanne’s an avid and accomplished hat knitter, always up for a new challenge. She made quick work of the Origami Top Hat* from Lori Versaci.

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And she made this cool striped ribbed beanie with leftovers of Berroco Ultra Alpaca.

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Hats just might be the #1 summer take-along project. They’re fast and portable and stack up quickly for gift-giving season. What’s your favorite hat pattern?

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

05/26/17: Sale this weekend!

FRIDAY & SATURDAY (1)

Stock up for the summer and save on all your purchases on Friday, May 26 and Saturday, May 27!

Frequent Buyer points will be awarded on qualifying purchases but may not be redeemed. All sale and clearance purchases are final. No returns accepted for refund, credit, or exchange on items purchased prior to sale. Special orders not discounted. Yarn winding service available after sale. TELEPHONE CREDIT CARD ORDERS ACCEPTED.

05/18/17: Summer classes, one and done.

We’ve lightened our classes for summer! In just one session you’ll get a complete overview of the pattern, all techniques will be explained and/or demonstrated, then you’ll cast on and get started. Call 570-287-9999 to register by phone.

KNITTING 101
Learn how to cast on, knit and purl, and bind off. All materials provided in class. Participants receive 10% New Knitter Discount for all purchases made that day.
Saturday, June 3; Saturday, July 8; Saturday, August 26; 9:00-10:00 am
Fee: $15

Dotted_Rays2DOTTED RAYS by STEPHEN WEST
This arched shawl begins with only a few stitches. Easy to work garter stitch short row wedges add length, and yarnover increases expand the size of the shawl quickly. Built in I-cord edges outline the entire shape for a clean finish.
Materials: 720 yards fingering weight yarn; 40” US 6/4mm circular needle; copy of pattern.
Fee: $30
Saturday, June 3; 2:00-4:00 pm

04.28.17.11SOPHIE THE RABBIT by YSOLDA TEAGUE
Make a sweet stuff-as-you-go rabbit toy knit without seams or sewing on double point needles. Sophie has long floppy ears and legs that are easy for little hands to hold onto. Learn the pinhole cast-on to work from the center out and how to pick up stitches from the middle of fabric. (Prior experience working with DPNs needed.)
Materials: 220 yards sport/DK weight yarn; US 3/3.25mm double point needles; copy of pattern.
Fee: $40
Saturday, June 24; 10:00 am-1:00 pm

Lace-Back_GlovesLACE-BACK FINGERLESS GLOVES
by CHURCHMOUSE YARNS & TEAS
These little hand-warmers are the ideal way to learn about lace. Pattern includes three different lace patterns, worked over fewer than 20 stitches, with varying degrees of difficulty to suit your experience. Knit flat, they are seamed with mattress stitch. Lace is presented in both text and chart form.
Materials: 120 yards sport/DK weight yarn; US 2/2.75mm straight or circular needles; copy of pattern.
Fee: $30
Saturday, June 24; 2:00-4:00 pm

Baby_SocksFIRST CUFF-DOWN SOCK
You’ll make a half-size practice sock in this 4-hour workshop, learning everything you need to know about sock anatomy as you go. All basic sock techniques will be covered, including stretchy cast-on, turning the heel, and seaming the toe closed. Pattern provided.
Materials: 100 yards worsted weight yarn; US 6/4mm double point needles.
Fee: $50
Saturday, July 8; 11:00 am-1:00 pm / Lunch / 2:00-4:00 pm

297_bulky_hat2BULKY EARFLAP HAT/BULKY FOLDED BRIM HAT
by DIANE SOUCY
A simple hat with two different clever brim options. Choose to make ear flaps or a comfortable folded brim. Both techniques will be demonstrated.
Materials: 125 yards bulky weight yarn; US 10/6mm 16″ circular and double point needles; copy of pattern.
Fee: $30
Saturday, July 15; 10:00 am-12:00 pm

Flax2FLAX by TIN CAN KNITS
Knit seamlessly from collar to cuffs, Flax is a great first sweater project. You’ll make a baby size to master all the techniques needed to knit top-down adult sweaters.
Materials: 300 yards worsted weight yarn; US 6/4mm and US 8/5mm 16” circulars and double point needles in each size; copy of pattern.
Fee: $40
Saturday, July 15; 1:00-4:00 pm

CANCELLED / RHEINLUST by MELANIE BERG
Rheinlust is an asymmetrical shawl knit tip to tip. The first half is true lace knitting, with pattern rows on both the right and wrong sides. The second half is easy garter stitch.
Materials: 950 yards fingering weight yarn; 32″ US 4/3.5mm circular needle; copy of pattern.
Fee: $30
Saturday, July 22; 11:00 am-1:00pm

NEW ADDITION: RAVELRY ROUNDTABLE
Our resident Ravelry.com guru, Stephanie Hogan, returns for another of her popular Ravelry Roundtable sessions. Bring your tablet, laptop, or smartphone, ready to login. Learn about the latest Ravelry features as well as the basics of getting the most out of this invaluable website.
Free!
Saturday, July 22; 2:30-3:30 pm

Baby_SocksFIRST TOE-UP SOCK
If you’ve made cuff-down socks before, you’ll find knitting toe-up has several advantages, including the ability to try a sock on as you go. You’ll make a half-size practice sock in this 4-hour workshop, from casting on with Judy Becker’s Magic Cast-on to finishing with a stretchy bind-off for the cuff. Either 2 c

ircular needles or the Magic Loop method with one longer circular may be used. Pattern provided.
Materials: 100 yards worsted weight yarn; (2) 24″ US 6/4mm circular needles or (1) 32″ US6/4mm circular needle.
Fee: $50
Saturday, July 29; 11:00 am-1:00 pm / Lunch / 2:00-4:00 pm

Across_Pond2ACROSS THE POND by ANDREA MOWRY
This stylish two color cowl looks more complicated than it really is. The trick is mosaic knitting and giving the piece a twist before seaming the live stitches at each end together with the Kitchener stitch.
Materials: 400 yards main color plus 200 yards contrast color sport/DK weight yarn; US 5/3.75mm and US 6/4mm 24” circular needles; copy of pattern.
Fee: $30
Saturday, August 26; 11:00 am-1:00 pm

10.28.15.01OOPS: FIXING MISTAKES
Learn to recognize the structure of good knit and purl stitches so you’ll know what to do when one goes wrong, including how to pick up dropped stitches, un-knit, rip back, and remake incorrect stitches. Small amount of pre-class homework required.
Materials: 100 yards worsted weight yarn; US 8/5mm circular needles; “GYI fixer” or small crochet hook.
Fee: $30
Saturday, August 26; 2:00-4:00 pm

DESIGN YOUR OWN CLASS: Private Instruction
What would you like to learn? 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


GOSH YARN IT! CLASS POLICIES
To register or for more information, telephone 570.287.9999 or email info@goshyarnitshop.com

  • With the exception of Knitting 101, basic skills are required for all our knitting classes. You must know how to knit, purl, cast on, and bind off. If you’d like help mastering the fundamentals before taking a class, please attend a Knitting 101 class.
  • 72 hours advance notice required for both class registration and withdrawal.
  • Unless otherwise noted, materials are not included in class fees.
  • In-stock supplies for all classes may be purchased by class participants at a 10% discount. (We really appreciate your buying all your class supplies from us!)
  • Purchase supplies and wind yarn prior to class. If this is not possible, please arrive in plenty of time before session begins to do so. A yarn winder and swift are available for student use.
  • Bring notions with you to class, including scissors, round and locking stitch markers, small crochet hook, and darning needle.
  • Classes are filled on a first come, first served basis. Payment is due when you sign-up.  We accept reservations by telephone with payment by Visa, MasterCard, or Discover.
  • A pre-paid class fee will only be refunded if more than 72 hours advance notice is given that you are withdrawing.  If fewer than 72 hours notice is given, a refund will only be made if we are able to fill your space in the class with another student.
  • Gosh Yarn It! reserves the right to cancel or reschedule classes that do not meet the required minimum enrollment of 3 students; class fees will be refunded or may be used to register for future classes. Any class cancelled due to inclement weather will be re-scheduled.

05/15/17: Linens & things.

Attending baby showers this summer? Our Guernsey Baby Blanket would make a wonderful, welcome gift. Our directions turn Jared Flood’s Guernsey Wrap* into a stroller blanket (30×30″) and are free with your in-store purchase of the original pattern. Our sample was knit with 3 skeins of worsted weight Modern Cotton by Berroco, keeping the project under $30. It’s a bright and shiny machine washable Pima cotton/Modal rayon blend that both babies and parents will love all year long.

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For a larger wool-blend blanket, try Berroco Vintage Chunky. It’s also machine washable and just as snuggly soft. It will knit up quickly with a few repeats of the pattern eliminated (based on your gauge) on US 10.5-11 needles.

New Yarn Alert: Solo Lino from Lana Grossa is a blend of 80% “recycled” linen and 20% linen flax. If no linen yarn has ever won you over, get ready! It has already stolen our hearts. It is labeled a DK weight for US 4-6, but we swatched up as far as a US 8 and loved the fabric it made at every gauge. Summer garments in Solo Lino will feel and look cool, with the drape and luster of silk. But it would also be ideal for warm weather shawls and scarves, such as the popular Summer Scarf.

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From the Solo Lino Filati Lino pattern booklet…

Solo Lino Collage

There’s still plenty of time to join this month’s KAL for Carolyn Kern’s snappy new design Multi-Pane Mittens*. Get the pattern free this month with your yarn purchase. Carolyn’s sample is done in Woolstok from Blue Sky Fibers, but Berroco Ultra Wool and Vintage would also be great choices for these stranded mitts. Read all about the knit-along and get tips from Carolyn herself (including a mini tutorial for that clever afterthought thumb) in our KAL discussion thread on Ravelry.

Multi-Pane Mittens - Afterthought Thumb

One of the (many) things to love about hand-knit socks is the ease with which they can be custom fit to the wearer’s foot. High arch? Narrow foot? Slender calf? No problem! The two pairs below are Bonnie’s original creations in Regia Design Line by Arne & Carlos. This pair is for someone with a very wide foot, ankle, and calf…

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…while this pair fits an average foot but has an extra-long ribbed cuff.

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Never made socks? Probably you’ve never worn hand-knit socks, either? Once you do, you don’t go back! Take our top-down and toe-up sock classes this summer and find out what you’ve been missing.

Deb needed a light layer for a wedding outfit and made a wonderful pattern choice in Silver Frost* by Bonnie Sennott in Shibui Cima and Silk Cloud.

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The designer herself calls the yarn combination “airy and light, yet deliciously cozy and warm.” Couldn’t have said it better.

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Deb chose a shade of Silk Cloud just a bit paler than the Cima, which created beautiful textural depth. So elegant!

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