05/15/17: Linens & things.

Attending baby showers this summer? Our Guernsey Baby Blanket would make a wonderful, welcome gift. Our directions turn Jared Flood’s Guernsey Wrap* into a stroller blanket (30×30″) and are free with your in-store purchase of the original pattern. Our sample was knit with 3 skeins of worsted weight Modern Cotton by Berroco, keeping the project under $30. It’s a bright and shiny machine washable Pima cotton/Modal rayon blend that both babies and parents will love all year long.

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For a larger wool-blend blanket, try Berroco Vintage Chunky. It’s also machine washable and just as snuggly soft. It will knit up quickly with a few repeats of the pattern eliminated (based on your gauge) on US 10.5-11 needles.

New Yarn Alert: Solo Lino from Lana Grossa is a blend of 80% “recycled” linen and 20% linen flax. If no linen yarn has ever won you over, get ready! It has already stolen our hearts. It is labeled a DK weight for US 4-6, but we swatched up as far as a US 8 and loved the fabric it made at every gauge. Summer garments in Solo Lino will feel and look cool, with the drape and luster of silk. But it would also be ideal for warm weather shawls and scarves, such as the popular Summer Scarf.

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From the Solo Lino Filati Lino pattern booklet…

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There’s still plenty of time to join this month’s KAL for Carolyn Kern’s snappy new design Multi-Pane Mittens*. Get the pattern free this month with your yarn purchase. Carolyn’s sample is done in Woolstok from Blue Sky Fibers, but Berroco Ultra Wool and Vintage would also be great choices for these stranded mitts. Read all about the knit-along and get tips from Carolyn herself (including a mini tutorial for that clever afterthought thumb) in our KAL discussion thread on Ravelry.

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One of the (many) things to love about hand-knit socks is the ease with which they can be custom fit to the wearer’s foot. High arch? Narrow foot? Slender calf? No problem! The two pairs below are Bonnie’s original creations in Regia Design Line by Arne & Carlos. This pair is for someone with a very wide foot, ankle, and calf…

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…while this pair fits an average foot but has an extra-long ribbed cuff.

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Never made socks? Probably you’ve never worn hand-knit socks, either? Once you do, you don’t go back! Take our top-down and toe-up sock classes this summer and find out what you’ve been missing.

Deb needed a light layer for a wedding outfit and made a wonderful pattern choice in Silver Frost* by Bonnie Sennott in Shibui Cima and Silk Cloud.

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The designer herself calls the yarn combination “airy and light, yet deliciously cozy and warm.” Couldn’t have said it better.

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Deb chose a shade of Silk Cloud just a bit paler than the Cima, which created beautiful textural depth. So elegant!

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

 

 

04/28/17: Pashmina. Check.

Gosh Yarn It! has a bucket list. A list of “wish we had…” yarns, and one right near the top has just been checked off: Pashmina from Madelinetosh.

It is glorious stuff – a soft, glowing blend of merino wool, silk, and cashmere. With a little help from designer Antonia Shankland (of Honey Cowl fame), who is wise in the ways of all things tosh, we now have a clever 8-color palette of Pashmina. “Clever” because the colors can be mixed and matched in seemingly endless ways, as well as being easy to wear solo. For a limited time, save $10 when you buy 3 skeins and $5 when you buy 2. Pashmina is labeled a sport weight, but plays well with patterns calling for fingering and DK weights, too. That is, if you can bear to unhug it long enough to wind it!

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Designer, GYI teacher, and NEPA native Carolyn Kern has a spectacular new design available on Ravelry, Multi-Pane Mittens. She invited GYI to participate in the pattern launch by hosting a KAL in May. Yes, we said, yes!

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The link above to the pattern page and this one to Carolyn’s blog have all the details you need to make these stunning mitts. You can get the pattern directly from Carolyn for 50% off through May 1 or get it for FREE from us when you buy your project yarn by Tuesday, May 16. The KAL will run though May 31, with Carolyn moderating the discussion thread in our Ravelry group. If you have some experience with stranded knitting (or are a very adventurous newbie) you will love making these mitts. Can’t wait to see the color combos you choose!

Spring seems to be a great time to be a sock yarn. We have three new sock knitters, all in the space of the last month. Sock knitting is having a moment just now at GYI, thanks in no small part to these (and more) fantastic colorways of Opal yarn, both self-patterning and solids.

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First up, Brigid’s cute low-rise socks, made with the perennially popular Silver’s Sock Class pattern by Kristin Bellehumeur.

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Next, Joan’s beauties with a longer cuff.

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And here is Libby’s pair, which, unaccountably, match perfectly right up until the toes.

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To keep up the momentum, our summer class schedule will feature both top-down and toe-up sock instruction. Socks are the ideal take-along vacation project, after all.

Our March/April KAL for Melanie Berg’s Void* is winding down. Now comes the fun part, seeing the finished shawls! Gina’s is done in Berroco Modern Cotton. She says she has found a new yarn to love.

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Sharon chose Blue Sky Fibers Woolstok for her cozy Void and added her own touches to the pattern, working the garter stitch border with stripes and an I-cord of alternating colors.

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Sharon’s no stranger to the Semi-Swedish Hat from Paula Berman. For her latest version, her yarn pick was Ultra Wool from Berroco.

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Wanda is rapidly transforming all her WIPs into FOs. This amazing Summit was knit in Schoppel-Wolle Zauberball Crazy. The designer is Mandie Harrington, and the pattern is free. What’s in your unfinished pile?

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Jane is keeping an eye out for the stork flying over NEPA, headed toward New York. She’s ready for his delivery with this adorable Puerperium Cardigan by Kelly van Niekirk. The hat is Baby Hat with Top Knot – Tegan from Julie Taylor. The on-trend speckled yarn is Madelinetosh Tosh DK.

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This little fellow had been off my needles for some time, waiting for me to thread some embroidery floss into a tapestry needle and give him eyes, nose, and a mouth. The pattern is Ysolda Teague’s Sophie*. There’s a Sophie class coming this summer if you’d like your own beach bunny!

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Shown below, an in-progress shot of my “pattern hack” of Jared Flood’s Guernsey Wrap*. I’ve written up my modifications for a Guernsey Baby Blanket, and they’ll be available for free at the shop with pattern and yarn purchase. I used 3 skeins (627 yards) of Modern Cotton and, like Gina, loved working with it. I’m already planning my next Modern Cotton project, a little girl’s top-down pullover for – maybe you already guessed? – a sample for another of our upcoming summer classes!

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If you want to start edging your knitting with the elegant slipped stitch technique I used on my Guernsey Baby Blanket, check out this tutorial from designer Alina’s blog The Gift of Knitting.

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

 

03/30/17: Inspiring FOs.

03.24.17.08If this picture of our shop sample of Stephen West’s Dotted Rays* looks familiar, you must be getting our emails. Or maybe you saw it in the “What’s New?” discussion thread in our GYI group on Ravelry. The yarn is Evolution, a gradient cotton/acrylic blend from the English company Wendy. We are loving how it works up, so comfy and soft. It’s plied to shade gradually from color to color, so all the work is already done for you. But what you’ll love is that it comes pre-wound in a center pull-out box, a shawl’s worth of yarn – 657 yards – for just $25! There are four colorways left in stock. Be sure to visit soon before Evolution is sold out.

03.20.17.15Here’s another picture featured in an email, a shot of Malabrigo Lace. Churchmouse Yarns & Teas, one of our favorite design sources, has just debuted five new patterns, one of which we think is absolutely perfect for Lace and absolutely perfect for summer knitting, the Polka Dot Scarf*. Shown below is the narrower of the pattern’s two sizes, which takes 890 yards. Full disclosure: to get something so light and breezy, there will be blocking wires or lots of pins involved, but it will be so worth it.

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A Tale of Two Sweaters

On the very same day last week, Steven brought in his Donegal Sweater*, and Portia brought in her El Greco sweater. Both patterns come from the pages of Interweave Knits magazine. Steven’s was designed by Moira Engel for the Winter 2017 issue. Portia’s El Greco is by Quenna Lee from the Fall 2016 issue. Steven’s yarn is a jewel blue Ultra Wool by Berroco. (And it took him just 16 days to knit.) Portia used a velvety burgundy Woolstok for hers. Something else they have in common: they are both masterpieces of knitting!

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Above, Steven’s Donegal Sweater with photos of it in Knits.

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Even the back is amazing. Below, Portia’s El Greco, shown hanging because it’s too small even for our mannequin to model.

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Check out the cables of stockinette entwined with garter. Wow.

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A Tale of Two Wraps

Bonnie finished her Guernsey Wrap* in hand-dyed madelinetosh Tosh Vintage. She shared it with us about a week after Brigid completed hers in Woolstok from Blue Sky Fibers. Here is Bonnie’s beauty…

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…and below, Brigid’s Guernsey Wrap*. Yes, it was included in the last post, but if seeing these two Wraps together doesn’t make you want to cast on immediately for one of your own, I don’t know what would. Gorgeous!

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If you’re not a wrap-wearer, take heart. Jared Flood has a very similar Guernsey Triangle*, below.  I’m also writing up an adaptation of the Wrap to make a Guernsey Baby Blanket. The pattern will be free with purchase of yarn at GYI after April 1.

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I’ll wrap this post up (sorry, couldn’t resist) with another project hot off Brigid’s needles. Presenting the first FO of our March/April KAL for Melanie Berg’s Void* shawl, Brigid’s Berroco Modern Cotton Void…

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Modern Cotton has great stitch definition, a bonus with an overall textured pattern like Void.

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Love, love, love this!

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

 

 

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.

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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.

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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)…

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

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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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!

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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.

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

 

02/27/17: The first KAL of spring.

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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.

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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?)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.)

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Stripie Scarf, as shown on the Classic Elite website:

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!