• April 21 was the first ever Local Yarn Store Day. The shop was crowded and bustling all day long – thank you to everyone who visited! The only reason the Wyoming Valley has a local yarn shop is because of your support. Let’s make every day an LYS Day. Come again soon!
Our free Gosh’s Guests speaker series wraps up its Spring season this Saturday, April 28, with Embroidery for Knitters with Tina Woodward.
Tina will present different techniques for embroidering knit fabrics, covering stitches and stabilizers to styles and motifs. Freehand stitchery can not only be used for embellishment (as on these darling mitts of Tina’s) but also for mending or hiding small holes or tears. Her talk starts at 2:00 p.m. Please join us at 1:00 p.m. for a BYOBag lunch. (The iced tea and cookies are on us.)
Last week’s amazing talk was given by Linda Mesavage on Little Looms. I wish I’d thought to count the many small portable looms she brought with her! She gave an entertaining, informative introduction to the wide variety of looms and weaving resources available. I did have the presence of mind to snap off a few photos…
Above, Linda demonstrating a Schacht Cricket rigid heddle loom. Below, attendees had plenty of time to examine the many finished woven pieces, magazines, and warped looms Linda shared with the group.
Below, Linda showing how to warp a Schacht Zoom Loom. By popular demand, we’ve ordered several of these fun updated pin looms. Will there be a Zoom Loom class in the future? Stay tuned!
Our first Gosh’s Guests program was Gina Thackara’s Beaded Knitting on April 14. That was another fascinating talk on a too-little-known technique. I didn’t have my camera handy that day, but I do have pix of two of Gina’s recent FO’s to share.
She chose Ewe So Sporty from Ewe Ewe Yarns for her adorable Baby Camilla Sweater. Her elegant Touchstone shawl from designer Laura Aylor was knit in Lang Dipinto. Touchstone is a free pattern on Ravelry.
Color My Stripes* by Lori Versaci is one of our newest shop models. Jill’s technicolor version beautifully shows off our Mary Ann fingering from Wonderland Yarns.
There’s a lot more creative talent out there, and we plan to schedule more Gosh’s Guests events come fall. Have an idea for one? Please let us know!
Note: Patterns marked with an asterisk (*) are available at Gosh Yarn It!