We hope you’re very well, and beautiful yarn is within easy reach. We send virtual hugs to everyone who has contacted us with requests for yarn and notions. If it’s on our shelves, we can get it to you, either by mail, parking lot pick-up at the shop, or even local delivery (West Side or Back Mountain). For fastest service, please email firstname.lastname@example.org directly.
And yes, if you need pattern support or technical help, feel free to email questions to me, email@example.com. I make no promises about my ability to correctly diagnose and successfully treat “oopses” long distance, but I’ll do my best to keep you in stitches.
Also, we’d love to see what you’re working on now. Use the same ann@ email address to send me your photos, be they FO or UFO. Over the last 10 years, we have showcased hundreds of our customers’ finished projects on our blog, and we don’t want to stop now. (Did you know all our older posts can still be viewed on our website? Scroll down to the bottom of the current News page to click back through pages 2-26.)
Alas, not many FOs this time around – the first two are the last two that visited the shop before “non-essential” (harrumph) small businesses like ours had to close. What we lack in quantity, however, is more than compensated for in quality:
Above, Joanne’s high-contrast socks in her favorite sock pattern, Simple Toe-Up Sock* from Churchmouse in Frolicking Feet from Done Roving Yarns and Frog Tree’s Pediboo.
Below, Joan’s spectacular Speckles* sweater by Casapinka. Joan kindly sent me her own picture of the entire sweater. The close-up photos, showing the reverse stockinette fabric of Madelinetosh DK Twist in the colorway Tiny House, were taken at GYI.
Love the design but don’t love purling? No problem. Casapinka has you knit Speckles inside-out so there is no purling.
I’ll toss in two FOs of my own because what better to make you smile than kids in handknits? Several years ago, I test knit a sweater for Lori Versaci called Baby Sequences using Wonderland Cheshire Cat. Lori continued to re-work the design, eventually publishing it as Playtime. I gave the 12-month size I’d made to my granddaughter this Christmas, and recently received this photo:
Yes, I got gauge, but clearly that 12-month size still has plenty of growing room for 18-month old Harriet. Then there’s my Apple Cheeks Hat* from a pattern by Milja Uimonen. It’s now my go-to baby hat. The yarn is stashed Liberty Wool from Classic Elite Yarns, one of many small yarn companies, including Frog Tree, which, sadly, have gone out of business since GYI opened.
(Doesn’t everyone block their baby hats over an ostrich egg in a pitcher?)
Above, the hat after blocking and before sending to my great-niece Sylvie; below, the happy and healthy new owner. Stay the same yourselves, folks! Hope to see you soon.
Note: Patterns marked with an asterisk (*) are available on Ravelry now and will be available at GYI once we are open again!