01/03/17: Make your own first.

Maybe the best advice we can give for the New Year is some you may have heard before:

If needed, oxygen masks will drop from the overhead compartment… Place the mask over your nose and mouth and breathe normally... If you are traveling with children or anyone needing special assistance, put your own mask on first before assisting others.

That’s right. You’ve been stitching for other folks long enough. Take January off. Make something just for yourself. Make something you love, without worrying whether anyone else will like it, too.

Start by cozying up to these Coda arm warmers by Darcy Cameron and Shellie Anderson that use one skein each of Shibui Silk Cloud (silk/mohair) and Cima (alpaca/merino).

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The pattern is our gift to you with yarn purchase. You’ll save 10% during January, making Coda an under-$35 project, and we have 10 color pairings of luxurious Silk Cloud and Cima to choose from.

After knitting/crocheting for everyone else over the last few weeks, remember the hours you spend on each project, the care you lavish on every stitch. Start 2017 by making for the truly deserving: you!

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(Above, clockwise from top left) Shibui shades Imperial, Brass, Tango, and Cove – 4 of 10 combinations we have in stock.

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Your response to our new Arne & Carlos colors of Regia sock yarn has been absolutely outstanding. After all, who doesn’t love self-patterning yarn? Below, Bonnie’s first top down sock, fresh from the needles, in color #03760, and Catherine’s fingerless mitt in color #02462, proving sock yarn is for more than just socks!

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Malabrigo Chunky also hit our shelves on the eve of the holidays and became an instant favorite for its bright hand-dyed colors, merino wool softness, and fast 3 stitches-to-the-inch gauge (that’s fast!).

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Sharon made four Chunky hats in no time, all free patterns on Ravelry (Below, clockwise from top left): Robin’s Egg Blue Hat (Rachel Iufer), Bulky Waffle Hat (Linda Suda), Wavy Moss Hat (Cedar Box Knits), and  Northward (Tin Can Knits).

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Here is our new shop sample of Arika*, a spectacularly comfortable and easy to wear bandana-style cowl by Jane Richmond. It used two balls of cushy Alta Moda Cashmere 16, making it a $30 project. Arika would be perfect for two skeins of Malabrigo Chunky, too.

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I’ve been wearing my Spiced Cocoa Mitts* pretty much non-stop since finishing them in November. I used Rios from Malabrigo and am impressed how hard-wearing it is. I made mine longer by knitting additional rounds of garter stitch.

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Laura Aylor’s pattern is easily customizable. Renee’s pretty mitts (below left) show how the pattern works up as written. Her yarn is madelinetosh Tosh DK in Kitten. Bonnie’s, in Malabrigo Rios English Rose, have an extra long fold-over top to allow texting.

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Bonnie tweaked a few different flip-top mitten patterns to create these originals, which use Shibui Cima and Silk Cloud. I love the flip-top thumb!

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Another Bonnie original, here is a fun scarf made with Manos del Uruguay Silk Blend. It has some narrow stripes, some wide stripes, some variegated yarn, ribbing and ruffles. Doesn’t it make you want to toss the patterns out the window and just play with yarn?

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Speaking of playing, Linda made this amazing reversible Musicowl for her piano teacher. Wow! The pattern was designed by Deborah Tomasello. Linda’s yarn is, appropriately enough, Shibui Staccato.

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Joanne whipped up JM Cobb’s Wee Socks for Wee Feet out of cuddly Sirdar Snuggly DK.

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She also completed this toasty pair of Welted Fingerless Gloves* from Churchmouse using Plymouth Baby Alpaca DK.

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Laurie’s Braidsmaid* from Martina Behm is a show stopper in madelinetosh Tosh Vintage in Robin Red Breast.

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Bonnie used “some fuzzy stash yarn” for this upsized Madison Scarf, proving that a good pattern can work with any size yarn. Written for lace weight, Suzanne Middlebrooks’ Madison Scarf needed only an adjustment to the number of stitches cast on to become this warm bulky weight wrap.

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Finally, here’s a shout out to all our customers who contributed hats to Misericordia University’s Women with Children Program in December. Jane Jones put out the call for caps for the kids, and GYI served as a collection point. A big, warm thank you to Bonnie, Brigid, Francie, Marsha, Sharon, Wanda, and Jane herself.

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

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