Hey, May!

Just so you know, the shop will be closed this Saturday, May 5, while we’re in Maryland at the Sheep & Wool Festival, visiting some old friends…

   

There are 4 seats still available on our MSDW bus trip. If you’ve never been to the largest fiber festival on the East Coast, we hope you can join us.  Call the shop, 287-9999, to grab one of those remaining seats.

At the end of last week, a box arrived.  Since we get deliveries daily, there’s nothing so unusual about that.  But was there anything different about this one? We opened it to see…

  

Okay.  Yarn.  Wait a minute… Madeline Tosh yarn!  The first half of our first order for 2012, finally here!  A dozen new colors of madelinetosh merino light.  And here is the box after we dove in, did a few laps, and finally came up for air:

If you love merino light like we love merino light, don’t wait to come and see it for yourself.  The only usual thing about Madeline Tosh yarn is that it doesn’t stay around for long.

Have you been waiting to start knitting sweaters?  Worried about spending so much time on something that may end up not even fitting?  We think we can help.  Learn to knit sweaters by starting small (baby size) and starting from the top. Top down sweaters can be tried on as you knit and require almost no seaming.  Win/win, right?  Our upcoming Top Down Sweater Construction class starts Thursday, May 17, 6-8 p.m., and continues on May 24, 6-8 p.m., and May 31, 6-7 p.m.  You’ll learn the how-to’s of knitting from the neck down, picking up stitches for a button band, and making buttonholes.  The pattern is Babies Neck Down Cardigan, which can be made with or without a hood. Instructor Kathy Hahn has knit this darling sample in worsted weight yarn, avec hood.  No babies to knit for?  We’ll see that your masterpiece is donated to a children’s charity.

It seems just yesterday that Sam was practicing her first knits and purls here in the shop.  Baby, look at her now.  She’s taught herself stranded knitting and is turning out wee hats from Cascade Superwash Sport for her littlest friends.  “Adorable” may not be quite the right word, but we still love them a lot!

 

Bonnie and Janet have been busy making afghans – Bonnie with her needles and Janet with her crochet hook. Here is Bonnie’s cheery log cabin, made for a very young person of her acquaintance with a mélange of yarns that includes Cascade Superwash Sport, held double:

You can learn this relaxing no-pattern technique at our upcoming Log Cabin class, offered either Friday, May 18, 2:00-4:00 p.m., or Saturday, June 2, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Warning: Log cabin knitting can be addictive. (Just ask Bonnie!)

Janet’s jazzy chevron afghan is made with both the worsted and bulky weight of our newest yarn, Cascade Pacific, a merino wool/acrylic blend that is both machine washable and dryable.  It’s sure to become a much-loved heirloom:

 

Molly loved Stephanie’s Turkish Bed Socks so much that she decided to take needles in hand and make a pair herself, and one pair quickly became two:

How cute are they?  Molly chose Claudia Hand Painted yarn.  The pattern is a great way to use up any fingering/sock weight yarn; it takes less than 200 yards. We have copies in the shop.  Would anyone be interested in a Turkish Bed Socks class?

Speaking of classes, our complete spring lineup can be found here.  As soon as we publish one schedule, we start working on the next one.  We always want to hear what you want to learn.  Let us know if there’s ever a class you’d like to see on our calendar.

If you’ve visited Ravelry.com lately, you may have noticed that more and more downloadable patterns are now available to “buy in-store.”  What does this mean?  Thanks to the designers and yarn companies participating in the In-Store Pattern Sales Program, you can buy these patterns at Gosh Yarn It! at no extra cost.  After purchase, the pattern will be automatically added to your Ravelry Library and a link sent to your personal email address for download, plus we can even print a copy out for you at the shop. Pretty neat, huh? Our pattern selection has just grown by 4300+.  We hope you’ll enjoy taking advantage of this super way to support indie designers and your LYS!

Color Affection by Veera Välimäki, now available at GYI

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One response to “Hey, May!

  1. Great post and YAY Color Affection is on my list!

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