Woohoo! April 21 is the first ever Local Yarn Store Day!
We love being your neighborhood yarn shop, and we are celebrating for 3 days, April 19-21, by offering lots of exclusives that no online retailer or national chain store carries. So many, in fact, I had to make a list:
Discount Drawing. Save on all full-price merchandise for 3 days, April 19-21. Will your discount be 10, 15, or 20%?
No cost, walk-in Technique Boosters – Saturday, April 21 only.
Yarn Substitution, 11:00-11:30 a.m.
Helical Striping, 12:00-12:30 p.m.
BYOBag Lunch, 1:00-2:00 p.m. – Saturday, April 21 only.
Drinks and dessert are on us – leave room for Brigid’s Chocolate Chip Cookies.
Little Looms with Linda Mesavage, 2:00 p.m. (part of our free speaker series, Gosh’s Guests) – Saturday, April 21 only.
Yarn ❤ Weaving! Linda can’t wait to share her love of weaving. She’ll bring a variety of small looms, warped and ready to try, and will demonstrate what each one can do.
Local Yarn Shawl pattern from Casapinka, an LYS exclusive, free with yarn purchase to make the shawl – any brand! – Saturday, April 21 only.
Casapinka’s design will be just as pretty in solid, gradient, fade, or striped yarns. Here are more color ideas…
Adventura shawl pattern, below, from Laura Nelkin, a choose-your-own-adventure pattern featuring Kelbourne Woolens’ new yarn Andorra – special pricing Saturday, April 21 only.
Adventura is another LYS-exclusive pattern. It will only be available for sale through Ravelry in-store sales at local yarn shops, but on Saturday it will be just $1. We have brought in a dozen shades of luxurious Merino/Mohair/Peruvian Highland Wool Andorra chosen just for Adventura.
What are the Adventura options? All three start the same: from the tip, with a neutral color, you knit a boomerang shape until almost all of that first color is gone. Then you work a few transition garter rows, and it is time to begin your adventure: if you want more of the same garter stitch, stick with Adventura A to work with the second color just as you did with the first until the border. If you want an eyelet mesh, choose Adventura B. If lace is what you crave, work Adventura C, a simple and elegant version of Pine Cone Lace and end with a garter border. Sounds like fun!
Dream in Color Jilly in a limited edition of 24 shades/24 skeins – Saturday, April 21 only.
Perfect for patterns that fade or as an add-in to a palette that could include madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light. Jilly is a single-ply fingering-weight 100% merino that is heaven to work with. (And, of course, we love the name!)
A gift from Pom Pom: purchase a printed Pom Pom Magazine in-store, receive a coupon code for a free download for a second out-of-print issue – Saturday, April 21 only.
A gift from Ewe Ewe Yarns: the Ewe So Summer shawl pattern from The Unapologetic Knitter (a.k.a. Meaghan Schmaltz) – free with purchase Saturday, April 21 only.
On Saturday only, the pattern is free with a Ewe So Sporty yarn purchase. After that, the pattern will still only be available through Ravelry in-store sales at local yarn shops. The design uses slipped stitches and a modified seed stitch to create tiny transitioning pockets of color. Below, it’s shown with 7 colors, but you’re encouraged to mix and match your own combinations!
A gift from Plymouth Yarn Company: they are making 10 of their most popular paid patterns available for free April 20-21 only, only here at GYI. Just ask us for the one that’s your favorite!
Check back again for updates on the Local Yarn Store Day festivities. We hear every day from more wonderful yarn companies and designers with their support for this event!
New yarn? Yes, please! If you can’t wait for Andorra from Kelbourne Woolens to make its debut on April 21, visit us now for Risoni from The Loom and our favorite Alpaca 2 from Isager yarns, back by popular demand.
Risoni is an amazing 100% silk yarn. Brigid knit up our shop model of the Dichromia Shawl on size US 8 needles. Pattern is free on Ravelry. Three skeins makes it.
Isager Alpaca 2 is a heavenly 50% alpaca/50% wool fingering weight. Some of our favorite designs are the suggested patterns for Alpaca 2 on Ravelry.