10/22/15: Hats, hats, and more hats.

We’re hosting a trunk show of handcrafted shawl pins made by Bonnie Bishoff of Brunswick, Maine, through October 31. These spectacular pins are made of colorful polymer with white bronze or lead-free pewter. They are so gorgeous that if you don’t already have a stole or shawl to go with your favorites, you’ll want to make one!

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Knitters and crocheters are incredibly generous people. I can’t think of a single one who has NEVER stitched a project to be a gift. The trick is finding patterns that will be welcomed by your friends and family, reminding them of the love you worked into every stitch. That’s why Catherine’s 12 Weeks of Hats is such a boon to everyone with a gift list. Twelve hat patterns, all free on Ravelry, all sure to be a new favorite. We’re up to Week #5 with Palindrome by Kristin Bellehumeur. The luscious yarn in her sample, below, is Maxima from Manos del Uruguay. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram or watch for upcoming posts here to see the next seven patterns debut, week by week.

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Speaking of hats, remember the 1898 Hat that was all the rage here last winter? Kristine Byrnes’ pattern, below, was an instant hit at GYI, inspiring many hat and earwarmer FOs. The free pattern can be found on the website of the Seamen’s Church Institute (SCI), one of over a dozen designs they offer to encourage knitters and crocheters to make them and donate them to their Christmas at Sea Program. Why not knit one for yourself (or as a gift) and one for Christmas at Sea? We will be happy to collect hats and other approved knit items and ship them to SCI through November 24. If you’d like to participate, the complete donation guidelines can be found in the above link.

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Here are two other free SCI hat patterns, Seafarer’s Watch Cap and Seafarer’s Beanie by Jeanette DeVita, that we worked up in Rowan Pure Wool.

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This past weekend was the New York State Sheep & Wool Festival, affectionately know by the name of its host town, Rhinebeck. There were sheep, sleeping and bleating.

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And alpacas and llamas. (This guy’s name is Avatar.)

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And even a cashmere goat with an itch. (That horn came in handy.)

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Because it was a chilly 40 degrees, windy with periods of sunshine as well as snow, there were more hats than all the sheep, camelids, and goats put together. Everyone was bundled up in multiple knitted, crocheted, woven, and felted garments. Donna Smith’s Baa-ble Hat, below, was the most popular by far. Saw them everywhere, all adorable. Want to learn Fair Isle knitting to be able to make cutie-pie hats like this? Take Carolyn Kern’s Stranded Knitting class on Saturday, November 7!

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Here are two more outstanding hats from Rhinebeck. I just had to snap pictures of this mother/daughter pair. Daughter’s is similar to Baa-ble with its sheep ’round the brim but it has a stylized ram design on the crown. It’s Kate Davies’ sheep heid*. Mother’s is a stranded masterpiece. Just plain wow.

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A post without FOs? No way! Gina keeps her pattern library in her head, but the Knitting Pure & Simple pattern Button Front Baby Pullover* is very close to her personal pattern for a side button sweater. The yarn is Knitcol from Adriafil.

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Brigid knit her warm and toasty Rosa’s Caponcho from Manos del Uruguay Wool Clasica and made sure it was a perfect custom length.

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And, finally, Jill’s newest shop sample features our Mrs. Crosby Hat Box. It is the gathered cowl pattern Nick by Heidi Kirrmaier. You have to feel this soft merino/silk/cashmere fabric to believe it.

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

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