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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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!)

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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.

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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:

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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.

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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?

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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.

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

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… 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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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Olivia*, with a lacey body and picot hems.

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Oliver, with mistake rib body and sleeve edging.

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

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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.

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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.

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

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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!

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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!

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It really is a masterpiece…

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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?

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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.

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04.01.16.01Unfortunatey, 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. 

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

 

07/10/16: One more week to save.

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Was it the heat? Was it the holiday? We still have far too much yarn on our shelves. There’s no room for what’s coming for fall from Madelinetosh, Malabrigo, Sweet Georgia, Berroco, Plymouth, Alpaca Yarn Co., Wonderland… the list goes on, so our sale needs to go on, too!

You can still save 20% storewide, with new markdowns to 30% and 45% off. (We’ve been careful to slash prices only on yarns that didn’t find new homes at 20% off, so if you shopped the sale last week, these savings are all new.)

Bargains won’t be seen again soon, so don’t let the weather or anything else keep you from getting beautiful yarn at the lowest prices of the year!

07/04/16: The wait is over.

First, as promised, exciting news…

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Yes! It’s time to clear the shelves to make way for new fall yarns. Save 20% storewide, with new clearance markdowns 30-45% off.  Come in early for the biggest savings† and the best selection.

How are things at Camp GYI? Racing along! Can you believe we are already in July? We want to send out a HUGE thank you to Carolyn Kern, not only for moderating the Sleepaway Camp KAL, but also making Dot On and Just Chillin’, her two newest patterns, available exclusively to GYI campers during June. Now it’s time to welcome Tina Woodward to the Counselors’ Tent for this month’s KAL (see below). And it’s not too late to sign up for either Sleepaway or Day Camp and join the fun!

Another of Carolyn’s designs, Dream Hat (soon to be re-issued as Seventh Heaven) was first choice for both Brigid and Linda, and, coincidentally, so was the same madelinetosh Tosh Vintage colorway, Rocky Mountain High. The only way to tell them apart might be the pompom on top of Brigid’s.

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Carolyn reworked the original aran-weight #77 Dream Hat pattern for worsted yarn. Here is her prototype for Seventh Heaven in yummy Manos del Uruguay Maxima.

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Tina made both of Carolyn’s newest patterns.

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Tina’s Dot On is Ultra Alpaca from Berroco. Her Just Chillin’ is madelinetosh Tosh Vintage.

Catherine’s Just Chillin’ is also Vintage, but Berroco Vintage.

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Carolyn made a Just Chillin’ from Berroco Vintage, too.

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Day Campers were just as productive. Nancy completed a lovely Maxima Range* from Andrea Mowry.

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Marissa worked a happy Hitchhiker* in Frolicking Feet from Done Roving. (The second photo is truer to the actual yarn colors.)

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Sharon experimented with Tunisian Crochet – a big success. The pattern is Schmetterwurm by Christina Adorjan; the yarn is Berroco Folio. As delicate and soft as a butterfly’s wing must be.

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Here is Jennifer’s Declan’s Hat, a free Ravelry pattern, in madelinetosh Tosh Vintage, the work of just a couple of evenings.

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Which brings us to our amazing July KAL pattern, Waiting for Rain* from Softsweater.

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These pictures show Tina’s own beautiful shawl in Zen Yarn Garden Serenity 20.

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The “raindrops” of lace are so pretty! Tina has already started posting on our Ravelry Camp thread about the project. Even if you’re only thinking of making Waiting for Rain “someday,” catch up with Tina’s expert advice here.

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I saved our two newest shop samples for last; they both come from Catherine’s needles. First, herring* from Lori Versaci. The yarn is Sublime Luxurious Tweed DK.

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Herring has a simple, classic shape with a main openwork panel framed by an edging of knit one/purl one ribbing. You could choose a cotton or cotton blend (as we did) for summer or make it in all wool for cooler weather. The designer suggests Tosh Vintage.

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Catherine’s Braidsmaid* is made with madelinetosh Tosh Vintage, and isn’t it striking? Catherine was delighted by designer Martina Behm’s clever construction methods, which make it look more difficult than it truly is. (I will be teaching the pattern as a class on Saturday, August 13. Several spots in the class are still available.)

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The following items are not included in the sale: all Pawley Studio yarn bowls, Fibre Co. yarns, Knitter’s Pride & Hiya Hiya needles. Frequent Buyer points awarded on qualifying purchases but may not be redeemed. All purchases are final; no returns accepted for refund, credit, or exchange on items purchased prior to sale or on sale or clearance. No unpaid holds during sale. Special orders not discounted. We will not be winding any yarn until after sale. TELEPHONE CREDIT CARD ORDERS GLADLY ACCEPTED.

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

 

06/29/16: In case you missed…

If you haven’t been able to visit the shop in June (really?), you’ve missed new samples for two new Fibre Company yarns, Acadia and Road to China Lace. Below, Beech Hill* in Acadia. It’s simple to knit and wear. It can be pretty much whatever you want it to be: wrap, shawl, vest, cloak, poncho… if you can knit and purl, you get to decide!

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No one blends fibers and creates colors quite like the Fibre Company. Acadia is a 2-ply DK weight merino/silk/alpaca. Road to China Lace is alpaca/silk/cashmere/camel, and don’t be put off by the “lace” in its name. The Madison Scarf* is worked on US 6 needles, takes just one skein, and would be equally good for adventurous beginners as more experienced knitters looking for a relaxing project. This Rose Quartz pink is hot.

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Brigid knit the Madison Scarf shop sample for us, and here’s another featherweight scarf fresh off her needles, Summer Scarf from Janet Avila in Shibui Linen.

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Can’t think of anything cooler in summer than linen, except…

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…maybe ITO’s Gima 8.5? Brigid used this pretty, papery 100% cotton for Janina Kallio’s Shine*.

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Below, one answer to the question, how would you wear that?

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One more stunner from Brigid, the Kline Shawl designed by Jennifer Dassau. The yarns are madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light and a stash yarn.

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Portia’s Aidez is nothing short of a masterpiece. It’s made with Cascade Ecological Wool. This is a free pattern by Cirilia Rose on the Berroco website.

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Maude the mannequin could not do it justice. The maker herself kindly posed for my camera.

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The apple falls not far from the tree, and her mother Tina’s Wessenden is perfection in Shibui Silk Cloud.

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Silk/mohair nupps!

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Silk Cloud makes another appearance in Ann’s original take on Regina Moessmer’s Traverso Due, joined by Shibui Pebble. What makes it all her own are her alternating stripes of Silk Cloud alone, Pebble alone, and the two yarns held together.

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A close-up and a closer-up to inspire you.

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Crystal Palace Panda Pearl in a pearly white was Suzanne’s choice for a spectacular wedding Swirl Sweater. The pattern is Coat of Many Colors.

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Unfortunately, my notes fail me on the name of the pattern Suzanne used for her granddaughter’s sweater knit in HPKY sock. But, c’mon, with that sweet face, who’s looking at the sweater?

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Sharon will have toasty toes this winter in her Cadeautje*. The slippers are Vintage Chunky from Berroco, with thrums made with roving from her stash. Don’t you love the “toe’s eye view” shot Sharon took of the thrums? Designer is Ysolda Teague.

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Gina’s chose the order of her madelinetosh Unicorn Tails for her Unicorn Stripes* by “reaching into the knitting bag and pulling out the one on top.” It certainly worked. Shows there are only right ways to knit Antonia Shankland’s fun chevron scarf.

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Oh, those colors.

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Stephanie graciously models her Small Bones* hat from Silvia Bo Bilvia. The yarn is Malabrigo Rios. (Yes, more Rios will soon be here!)

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We may have more shop samples of Manos del Uruguay Maxima than just about any other yarn. Why? We never want to stop knitting with it! Here is Range*, which I taught as a class earlier this month. I followed the instructions as written right up to the last section, when I substituted three stripes of 5×5 garter rib and then resumed an earlier pattern sequence until running out of yarn.

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First, a brioche section the designer Andrea Mowry would recognize. Then my sequence knitting addition.

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You will see me wearing this from first frost to last.

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Never underestimate the power of blocking. I made Sweet Dreams from Boo Knits using Mechita from Malabrigo, and the ugly duckling that came off the needles became an elegant swan of a wedding shawl.

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And never underestimate how much cuteness Sue can pack into her knit critters. This is Elijah* from designer Ysolda Teague. Sue adapted a vest pattern she found for an American Girl doll for this little guy. Her yarns are Sirdar Snuggly DK and Cascade Superwash 220 Sport. The grosgrain ribbon bow tie puts it over the top.

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Next time: We’ll have FOs from June Camp to share and some exciting news.

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

 

 

 

 

05/31/16: Tell us what you really think.

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It’s been a busy spring here at GYI. New classes, new shop samples, Camp GYI just about to open (tomorrow!), and now we’re getting ready to go to our Summer NeedleArts Trade Show, June 10-13. This is when yarns (and other good local yarn shop stuff) are ordered for the fall/winter season. There will be hundreds of vendors – from big yarn companies to small, independent hand-dyers. There will be thousands of yarns to choose from. What should we buy for you?

We want to know more about the yarns you love and want to see at GYI, so we created a survey. There are 10 questions about what yarn you have used in the past and want to use for upcoming projects. We hope you’ll even have fun answering them!

Please take our Yarn Shopping List Survey by clicking on this link. It will redirect you to SurveyMonkey. Your answers will be completely anonymous.

To get our shopping list finished on time, please return your survey by 11:59 p.m., Friday, June 10. Thank you in advance for helping us make GYI your LYS.

Shown above, a small portion of the yarn displayed in the Classic Elite Yarns booth at the 2015 TNNA show.