We like happy.

A pattern that’s making us happy right now is the Effin Scarf*. Every yarn it touches turns to beautiful. Pay no attention to the name. The story goes that designer Loretta McCollough worked so long to perfect the pattern and was asked so many times when it would be finished that she started referring to it as “that effin’ scarf…” It is such a quick-to-make, magical accessory to have in your wardrobe, you can call it “Elfin Scarf” if you prefer, and we’ll know which one you mean!  Jill knit her shop sample from Blue Heron’s Rayon Loop, and I made my first Effin from a silvery Tahki Ripple held together with sparkly Tahki Crystal.

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I started my second Effin this afternoon and should be wearing it before the end of the week. It’s knit from Twiggy, an eyelash linen blend from Trendsetter. It will be just one more of many Effins that I intend to make. In fact, we love this light, frothy pattern so much that we’ll be giving it away, along with samples of all our new spring/summer yarns at a Spring Yarn Tasting, Monday, April 1, 5:30-7:30 p.m. That’s not an April Fool’s Day joke – we’ll be open on Monday evening, serving wine and refreshments, with goodie bags for everyone filled with a dozen mini-skeins of yarns from Berroco, Trendsetter, Knit One Crochet Too, Universal, and Schulana. Each featured yarn will be 10% off at the Tasting; there will be free patterns for all of them; and when you buy a minimum of two skeins – plenty for an Effin – we’ll give you a complimentary copy of the Effin Scarf. Call the shop today to reserve your seat for the Tasting for $7!

Next up: two happy knitters. Happy Knitter #1 is Bonnie with her Silhouette in the Sun, one of Sandra McIver’s magnificent Swirl Sweaters. This FO is stop-her-in-the-street-where-did-you-get-that sweater gorgeous. When I asked Bonnie to turn around so I could photograph the back of her Swirl, I got a twirl.

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Here’s a detail of the sleeve and the lustrous (but, alas, discontinued) Cascade Lana Bambu yarn:


Happy Knitter #2 is Jill herself, swathed in her new Waterfall Scarf* in Alchemy Yarns Silken Straw and Sanctuary.


They don’t call Alchemy Yarns “Yarns of Transformation” for nothing. The pattern has you make a couple yards of I-cord (fear not – we carry an I-Cord maker that can crank out that much in a matter of minutes!), pick up stitches along the I-Cord edge to knit the color blocks, then throw the whole thing in the washer and dryer, which felts the I-Cord, leaving the panels of 100% silk Silken Straw to ruffle ever so elegantly.

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There’s yet another happy knitter behind the next two FO’s, but Maude the Mannequin gets to show them off. Joan T. says this stunning Scalloped Shawl is her new favorite, and it’s easy to see why. The yarn is madelinetosh DK in Mulled Wine and Graphite.


Joan had on a fabulous Churchmouse Shoulder Cozy* the other day and was a very good sport about pulling it off to let me take its picture. This beauty uses some stash yarn held together with Shibui Silk Cloud. I always love photographing Cozies – so many ways to show them draped, wrapped, and swooped.

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The loopiest of loopy cowls arrived with Kaitlyn, who used Lana Grande from Cascade and a technique known as “arm knitting.” That’s right, you use your arms as needles! Although it’s long enough to wrap three times around your neck, I wanted to show it in all its giant stitch glory.

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Linda sent her sister Susan some beautiful hand dyed mohair Mountain Goat yarn from Mountain Colors. This is what came back:


What a nice sister! The pattern is Zuzu’s Petals* by Carina Spencer, which may look like a shawl casually tied around your neck but is actually a cowl, so no worrying about how to fasten, pin, clip, or tie. Nice, indeed.

Laurie certainly made her teapot happy with this cute little toggle-buttoned “sweater.” Many thanks to her husband for the formal portrait of a very cozy pot!


Joan S. participated in the 2012 Cable Advent Scarf knit-along from Tricia Weatherston. She chose our nifty Trendsetter Merino VI, a machine washable 100% extrafine Italian merino DK for her project. It gave her cables maximum stitch definition as well as softness. Isn’t it spectacular? She added grey edging and stripes between the 24 different cable patterns. Wonder how many cable needles she burned through!

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And here is Jill’s Maddie’s Tiny Dress* by Jane Terzza, another Merino VI creation. Granddaughter Ella is going to look so cute in this swing top over a pair of bright leggings or tights and some styling Mary Janes.

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I’ve saved the very best for last. A picture that won’t fail to make you happy. This FO is neither a sweater nor a hat, shawl, cowl, or scarf. No, Kathy’s latest creation (with a little help from husband Adam) is Elijah Lee, born March 3rd.



All patterns marked with an asterisk* are available at Gosh Yarn It!


2 responses to “We like happy.

  1. Thank you so much for featuring Loretta’s Effin Scarf, a Loops Original pattern, on your blog! It has become a go-to pattern for so many knitters, and it works great for a huge variety of yarns. A tip: If you’re working with a heavier yarn, like a worsted or chunky ribbon, cast on 70 stitches to start. This gives you a gentler curve to your scarf and requires a little less yarn. Love your blog! Very happy 🙂 – Shelley Brander, Owner, Loops Yarn Stores

  2. Loretta McCollough

    Yep, you got the story right! Such a simple scarf that gave me fits trying to write it down. Every time I made one, I did something a little different–cast on more or less, a slightly larger or smaller needle. No matter what I did, it always came out looking good. I’m happy to see you’re getting the same results. Your scarves are lovely.

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