03/20/17: Spring in our sights.

How’s this for March Madness: one day it’s sunny and mild, and a foot and a half of snow falls 12 hours later. Fortunately for our sanity, as stitchers and makers we can look ahead and plan for our projects to be ready when we know the weather will be ready for them. With that in mind, our newest yarn, Modern Cotton from Berroco, couldn’t have come at a better time.

Look at those bright, spring-y colors! Cool from its 60% cotton content, with the sheen and drape of silk from modal rayon, Modern Cotton makes machine washable, comfortable summer garments as well as lightweight throws, baby blankets, wraps, and shawls. Our shop sample is the Eula* tee by Amy Christoffers, which could be worn with a tank underneath or with the deep V-neck framing a favorite necklace or scarf.

Tees not your thing? Use Modern Cotton for any pattern calling for a worsted weight yarn. Below, some ideas from Berroco. (All patterns available at GYI.)

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From left: Hydrangea, Admit, Diggory

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Thayer, Bilberry, Vinalhaven Wrap

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Baltica Cardigan, Geoffrey, Willowherb

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Details of the superb stitch definition in Thayer and Eula. 

Modern Cotton joins Luma and Remix on our shelves for warm weather projects. I’m KAL-ing right now with Modern Cotton for my Void*. I’ve already swatched Remix (got gauge!) for a Worsted Boxy*. Luma is calling out to me for a Churchmouse Simple Tee*, but I also might make a Simple Tee as one last project in Shibui Linen, which is now on closeout – buy one skein, get a second skein 50% off while supplies last.

Don’t forget to take a look at the two pattern collections designed exclusively for Luma: the Luma Collection, casual all-American sweaters from our friends Kate Gagnon Osborn and Courtney Kelley of Kelbourne Woolens (below, Yale Harbor* from Courtney Kelley)…

Kelbourne Woolens Luma shoot

… and the chic April in Paris Collection from The Fibre Co. (below, Galerie d’Apollon* from Emma Wright).


Customers continue to amaze and inspire us with their finished projects. Brigid finished her Guernsey Wrap*, designed by Jared Flood, in Blue Sky Fibers Woolstok. It’s such a beauty!

Tina was kind enough to share photos she took of several of her recently completed projects. Here is her spectacular Lucca*, again by Jared Flood.


Tina combined CEY Inca Alpaca, Shibui Staccato, SWTC Llama Lluxury, and yarn from a local alpaca farm for Ysolda Teague’s Mareel* shawl, a cross between a Shetland Hap and an Elizabeth Zimmermann Pi shawl.


These heavenly blue socks of Tina’s were made with Alegria from Manos del Uruguay. The pattern is Siv from Heidi Alander that appeared in Laine magazine.


Gina chose Shibui Cima and Silk Cloud in the Apple colorway for her cheery Herald*.

Herald, designed by Janina Kallio, truly never met a yarn it didn’t like.

Renee made this manly set of Urban Aran Mitts & Urban Aran Hat from designer Robbie Laughlin with Rowan Pure Wool.

Choose a chunky weight yarn for a shawl? Why not? Meghan Jackson, the designer of Sharon’s Debaser*, says not all shawls have to be delicate and time-consuming – and we couldn’t agree more! Sharon added repeats to grow the shawl beyond its original 200 yards. She used 300+ yards of soft Malabrigo Chunky in Jacinto (Spanish for hyacinth), and this shawl is sure to get plenty of wear until the real hyacinths are in bloom.

Joan wore her Grain shawl in one day, wrapped around her neck just like this:

Hung over the mannequin’s shoulders, below, it’s easy to see Grain is just about the simplest shawl imaginable, a great project for a beginner knitter. However, Joan’s choice of colors and yarn – Fibre Co. Acadia – take this simple design to a whole new level of elegance and wearability.

Linda used ITO Gima 8.5 on her new Glimakra band loom to make this fun tape. Yarn does not always have to be needled or hooked!

Finally, my Origami Top Hat* by Lori Versaci in Malabrigo Rios. If you’re a fan of Rios (like me!) be sure to come see the new colors. I may need to make another Rios Top Hat. Loved making this clever design in the Rios, with every stitch a different shade from the last.

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


02/27/17: The first KAL of spring.


Luma has arrived! It’s the newest yarn from The Fibre Co., a blend of plant fibers (organic cotton and linen), merino wool, and silk. In practical terms, that means garments made with Luma will provide comfortable light warmth and have soft, silky drape. Luma is 137 yds/50g, $11. The palette includes both naturals, pastels, and brights.

Our shop sample is the Stone Point* poncho from Courtney Kelley, below.

Kelbourne Woolens Luma shoot

Although Luma debuted with two separate pattern collections created just for it (see them here and here; all patterns are available at GYI), we think it’s a perfect choice for Melanie Berg’s Void*, a shawl pattern from our Must-Make-Soon list. (Everybody has one of those, right?)



And that’s how a KAL was born! Here are the details:

Knit Void along with us March 1-April 30. You don’t have to use Luma; other appropriate DK-worsted weight yarns are fine. (The pattern calls for a US7/4.5mm.) However, when you purchase both your pattern and your project yarn from GYI and finish by April 30, you will be entered in a prize drawing for a Mybaggee snap project pouch filled with Delicious Yarns. There’s a new discussion thread devoted to all things Void in our Ravelry group, here, that goes “live” on March 1. To join, post in that thread or let us know with a phone call or when you next visit the shop that you will be participating. We really hope you will and start spring with a glorious new Void shawl wrapped around your shoulders!

In other exciting yarn news, we now carry Malabrigo Lace. Yes. In fifteen colors. Heavenly merino single-spun Malabrigo Lace! 470 yds/50g, $8.80.


And as we say hello to Luma and Lace, we must say goodbye to Linen. Shibui was forced to discontinue it due to sourcing issues. We still have 10 amazing colors in stock, plenty for an Easy Folded Poncho* or perhaps a Linen version of the Madison Scarf.  While supplies last, buy one skein, get a second skein half price.

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

02/24/17: Not out of the wool, er, woods yet.

Geese are flying north overhead. They say the mercury may go above 70° today, but snow is back in the forecast for next week. This is the time of year when it’s hard to know what to make. Start on that lacy wrap for summer? Make one more pompom hat? Luckily for yarn lovers, when the thermometer can’t make up its mind either, we have new yarns arriving for a new season.


SimpliCria Super Baby Alpaca from HiKoo has been here since Phil predicted six more weeks of winter. It’s incredibly soft and lustrous and just about weightless, thanks to its chain construction. Break out the 4.5-6mm (US 7-10) needles or hooks and give yourself a treat. Make that last cozy cowl of Winter 2017.

That’s what Wanda did with three colors of SimpliCria. Here is her luxurious Sweet Memories Cowl, designed by Jacinta. (I wouldn’t want to have to pick just one color, either.)



Berroco Remix arrived this week. Because it contains no wool – it’s a French blend of recycled nylon/cotton/acrylic/silk/linen fibers – it’s easy to think of it as a “summer yarn,” but look at the nearly 5000 projects on Ravelry that use Remix, and you can see why Berroco calls it “trans-seasonal.” The first pattern suggestion that pops up for Remix is actually Jared Flood’s Guernsey Wrap*, GYI customers’ favorite “hot right now” pattern.

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I have Remix on my needles now, swatching for a Worsted Boxy* sweater. Joji Locatelli’s pattern has been on the top of my must-make-soon list for awhile, and I finally decided to go for it. I think this will be (literally) the coolest summer sweater ever. Care to join me?


I don’t usually crow about a yarn that isn’t even on our shelves yet, but by my next post we should have welcomed Fibre Co. Luma, their newest yarn. It’s a blend of 50% merino wool, 25% organic cotton, 15% linen, 10% silk. Like all Fibre Co. yarns, it has a gorgeous “hand” and comes in beautiful, sophisticated colors. More details coming soon.


Classes coming up:
Origami Top Hat* by Lori Versaci
Saturday, March 4; 11:30 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.
A simple slouch cap that ends in a clever sleight of hand-knitting. As soon as you finish one, you’ll want to make another!  Materials: 175 yards worsted weight yarn, US 6 & 7 16″ circular needles, US 7 DPNs, ring stitch markers.


Cloud Covered Scarf* by Kelene Kinnersley
Saturday, March 4; 2:00-4:00 p.m.
An easy beginner lace project with 2 size options for making a scarf or our own pattern adaptation for a cowl. The cowl takes one skein (219 yards) worsted weight yarn; the scarf takes either two (80 x 9″) or three (102 x 9″) skeins. US 8 needles, ring stitch markers.

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The Conifer Cowl class has come and gone, but I did want to show off what you might have missed:

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My sample of Theresa Gaffey’s design is in Woolstok from Blue Sky Fibers, and I am in love with this yarn. Such a pleasure to work with. Why, what do you know – it would also make a great Origami Top Hat or Cloud Covered Scarf.

And now for the FO portion of our show, presenting Sharon’s Gina Short Row Hat, a freebie from Plymouth Yarn using their Gina yarn. But shhhh… don’t tell them Sharon used Cascade Melilla.


For her Fabergé*, Sharon used Frolicking Feet sock yarn and pewter beads. Designer Laura Aylor herself says: Techniques [include] decreasing, horizontal braid, slipped stitches, beading. None of them are difficult, but some are a bit fiddly and any counting errors will show up, so it is not mindless knitting! Clearly Sharon’s mind was on her knitting while making this stupendous piece.



Dona made Amy Loberg’s Victoria shawl using Classic Elite Soft Linen. The pattern, originally part of a kit, is no longer available on Ravelry as “Victoria,” but the same designer’s Stripie Scarf bears an uncanny resemblance. Two asymmetrical triangles are joined in an unconventional way, so Dona also was on her A game with this project.


Stripie Scarf, as shown on the Classic Elite website:


Linda has a Giants fan in the family to whom she gifted these customized Mukluk Slippers* from Diane Soucy. We hope Berroco never discontinues this “Giants Blue” shade of Vintage!


Below is the Garter Stitch Loop-Through Scarf from Marci Richardson, another of Wanda’s FOs. Her yarn pick was Sublime Luxurious Tweed DK, and it was the easiest FO to photograph ever, meaning wearing it will be just as easy.


Deb thought enough of the sample of our Sequences Scarf* that she chose the same colors of Fibre Co. Acadia, and now it’s hard to tell them apart. Pattern is free with yarn purchase.


Renee paired Manos del Uruguay Maxima with Shibui Silk Cloud – a match made in yarn heaven – for her husband’s Valanar*. It even looks like a cloud. Designer Elena Nodel also offers matching mitts and a cowl.


Malabrigo sent us a bag of their Worsted by mistake in a shipment of Rios (more Rios is on the way, by the way). We put it out on the shelf, and it went home almost immediately with Bonnie. It returned for a brief visit yesterday as a Reader’s Wrap* before being sent off as a gift to one of Bonnie’s cousins, word search puzzle books tucked in each pocket. The pattern is from Lisa Carnahan.


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

02/09/17: Snow day.

Dear yarn lovers, we will be closed today. The temperature continues to fall, the wind to gust, the snow to swirl – and not enough of it has been cleared from the roads. Come see us tomorrow, 11-4!

01/23/17: Welcome, Ultra Wool.

Ultra Wool is here at last. It’s the machine washable wool we’ve been dreaming of for a very long time – we just had to wait for it to be created by the nice folks at Berroco!


It’s crazy soft, yet 100% wool. It’s not “splitty,” which means it will be a breeze to work with. It comes in both bright solid and heathered shades – 35 are on our shelves right now. Here are Ultra Wool’s stats:

  • 100% Peruvian Wool
  • 219 yards/100g
  • Worsted weight (recommended needle/hook size 4.5-5mm)
  • Machine wash cold/delicate, lay flat to dry
  • $11

If you check out Ultra Wool on Ravelry, don’t be surprised by the low number of projects using it. Berroco introduced it only a few weeks ago. We’re proud to be “early adopters” and can’t wait to share it with you.

With Ultra Wool’s arrival and our recent re-stock of all colors of Woolstok from Blue Sky Fibers, it’s no surprise that many of the projects for our upcoming classes call for worsted weight yarns. Worsteds are the workhorses of the yarn world, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be luxurious yarns for very special projects. Just take a look at Steven’s Bath Abbey Hat, designed by Faina Goberstein, worked in Woolstok. Wow.


But there are times when you want to stitch bigger and faster, and that’s when it’s nice to have a great chunky weight  in your stash. Stephanie chose Malabrigo Chunky for her Andantino* from Michele Schaschwary, chock full of cables, texture, and the best kind of squishiness.

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Hats and cowls are great quick projects to try out new yarns. Please consider joining our class for Betty Balcomb’s Royal Quilting Hat and/or Theresa Gaffey’s Conifer* cowl, both coming up Saturday, February 4. Sample Ultra Wool or Woolstok (or grab an old favorite like Berroco Vintage) and have fun with some techniques definitely worth adding to your list of “I can do that!”

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

01/17/17: New year, new skills.

One quick announcement while you’re getting comfy to read through our new class listings… all colors of Woolstok from Blue Sky Fibers are back in stock. We’ve never had a yarn that became so popular so fast. What’s everyone raving about? Come see (and feel) for yourself while there’s a full selection!


Also, we just received a giant shipment from Berroco of their new Ultra Wool, which is going to be our new washable worsted weight 100% wool yarn. We managed to pick 35 colors we couldn’t live without (yes, 35!) and have packed our class offerings with lots of projects featuring worsteds. More about Ultra Wool in the next post. On to classes!


What would you like to learn? Now you can design your own private lessons in knitting or crochet. You pick the project and/or the techniques. Register for a one hour lesson or save when you purchase two or more classes, which can be scheduled at mutually convenient times. Want to work on the same project with friends? Groups of up to 3 can be accommodated at the same time. 
Fees: 1 class – $15; 2 classes – $27.50; 3 classes – $40

Start knitting! Needles in hand, learn how to cast on, make knit and purl stitches, and bind off. All materials provided for first class.
Saturday, February 4; Saturday, March 4; Saturday, April 1; 10:00-11:00am
Fee: $15

Start crocheting! Hook in hand, learn how to make a foundation chain and the single crochet stitch. All materials provided for first class.
Saturday, March 25; 10:00-11:00am
Fee: $15


Cleverly placed “make 1” increases create an all-over pine cone pattern on this stylish cowl knit in worsted weight yarn. You’ll love seeing the 3-D textured design grow from your needles. Prior experience knitting in the round helpful.
Saturday, February 4; 11:30am-1:30pm
Fee: $30


This 2-color DK/worsted weight hat gets its name from the strands (“floats”) placed against the right side of the knit fabric in a cross-hatched pattern, giving the appearance of quilted stitching. The technique looks tricky but is actually easy to learn. 
Saturday, February 4; 2:00-4:00pm
Fee: $30


Looking for a great take-along project? Polygon’s small hexagonal patches are knit quickly, from outside edge to a center point. Make as many as you need for any size blanket you want. In the first class you will make a practice patch to learn the pattern. In the second class, once you have some (or all) patches completed, you’ll learn how to seam hexagons and pick up stitches for the border.
Note: It is not necessary to purchase all project yarn prior to first class. Only one ball of your chosen DK/worsted weight yarn will be needed. In fact, color choices, patch arrangement options, sizing, and estimating yardage will be discussed in class.
(2) Saturdays; February 11, 10:00-11:00am AND March 11, 10:00-11:00am
Fee: $30

antlermittensANTLER MITTS
Learn your way around the Magic Loop and double point needles and conquer cables to make these warm, fun worsted/aran weight mittens sized for all ages.
Wednesday, February 8 ; 2:00-4:00pm
Fee: $30


Modular knitting allows you to seamlessly make any size blanket or afghan. Here, squares are knit in the round from the outside edge to a center point in garter stitch in two contrasting colors. When one square is done, stitches are picked up or cast on as needed to begin the next square, and so on. You’ll learn how to pick up stitches quickly and neatly.
Note: It is not necessary to purchase all project yarn prior to class. Only one ball each of two contrasting colors of worsted weight will be needed. Color choices, square arrangement options, sizing, and estimating yardage will be discussed after practice square is completed.
Saturday, February 18; 11:30am-1:30pm
Fee: $30

This graceful shawl is made with two contrasting fingering weight yarns worked in three fabric textures: garter stitch, mosaic knitting, and lace. At the first session, we’ll discuss the shawl’s construction and cast on the first section of garter stitch. The mosaic knitting of the second section will be reviewed on February 25 and the lace section in March.
Note: The fee reflects a “buy two, get one free” class structure. You don’t have to attend a session if the technique is already familiar to you.
(3) Saturdays, February 18, 10:00-11:00am AND February 25, 10:00-11:00am AND March 18, 10:00-11:00am
Fee: $30

prairie-firePRAIRIE FIRE
Here is a great all-season DK/worsted weight sweater, as perfect for summer made in cotton with short sleeves as for winter in wool with long-sleeves. To quickly master topdown sweater construction and the construction of the pretty lace panel that graces the front and wraps around to the back, we recommend you make a child’s size for the class. (Pattern sized newborn to 4XL.) Navigating written patterns and working lace from charts will be covered extensively.
(2) Saturdays; February 18; 2:00-4:00pm AND March 18; 2:00-4:00pm
Fee: $50

wee-baby-socksMAKE YOUR FIRST SOCK
We think your ideal first sock is knit cuff down. In this class you’ll make a single baby sock in one afternoon and master all the basics of sock construction. Pattern is Churchmouse Wee Baby Socks, an addendum to the Churchmouse Basic Socks pattern.
Wednesday, February 22; 1:30-5:30pm
Fee: $60

origami-top-hatORIGAMI TOP HAT
Seasoned knitters and adventurous beginners (who have experience knitting in the round) will enjoy taking their knitting in a whole new direction – quite literally. Students must knit the worsted weight hat up to the crown before class. In class you will learn to fold your knitted fabric into Lori’s ingenious Origami Top design.
Saturday, March 4; 11:30am-1:00pm
Fee: $25

cloud-covered-scarfCLOUD COVERED SCARF
Start your lace knitting adventures with worsted weight yarn and this simple, intuitive pattern trimmed with garter stitch borders. Written and charted lace directions available.
Saturday, March 4; 2:00-4:00pm
Fee: $30

double-knitting-collageDOUBLE KNITTING EXPLAINED
True double knitting is completely reversible. It can also be potentially terrifying, even for experienced knitters. The work has two “right” sides, created from a chart in which different colors represent both knit and purl stitches. Confused yet? Let’s demystify (and learn to love) double knitting by making an easy swatch.
Saturday, March 18; 11:30am-1:30pm
Fee: $30

To register or for more information, telephone 570.287.9999 or email info@goshyarnitshop.com

  • With the exception of Knitting 101, basic skills are required for all our knitting classes. You must know how to knit, purl, cast on, and bind off. If you’d like help mastering the fundamentals before taking a class, please attend a Knitting 101 class.
  • 72 hours advance notice required for both class registration and withdrawal.
  • Unless otherwise noted, supplies are not included in class fees.
  • In-stock supplies for all classes may be purchased by class participants at a 10% discount. (We really appreciate your buying all your class supplies from us!)
  • Classes are filled on a first come, first served basis. Payment is due when you sign-up.  We accept reservations by telephone with payment by Visa, MasterCard, or Discover.
  • A pre-paid class fee will only be refunded if more than 72 hours advance notice is given that you are withdrawing.  If fewer than 72 hours notice is given, a refund will only be made if we are able to fill your space in the class with another student.
  • Gosh Yarn It! reserves the right to cancel or reschedule classes that do not meet the required minimum enrollment of 3 students; class fees will be refunded or may be used to register for future classes. Any class cancelled due to inclement weather will be re-scheduled.
  • A missed individual session of a class cannot be refunded or made up, but we’ll be happy to try to help you catch-up on what you missed.

Photo Credits:
Conifer – Eric Mueller for Wearwithall
Royal Quilting Hat – Cascade Yarns
Polygon, Antler Mitts, and Prairie Fire – Tin Can Knits
Optic Blanket – Purl Soho
Laurelie – mahila
Wee Baby Socks – Churchmouse Yarns & Teas
Origami Top Hat – Versaciknits
Cloud Covered Scarf – Kelene Kinnersley
Double Knitting – Joanna Rankin

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!


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


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!).


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).


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.


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.


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


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


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.


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.


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