Knitters and crocheters can use stitching to make the world a happier place – and in 2020, that’s really something! Right now, GYI is filled with yarns to help you find your creative superpowers. Whether you want to start on quick holiday gifts or are ready to immerse yourself in a larger project like a sweater or afghan, we’ve got your yarn.
Let’s start big. The Rasta Pintada Collection is here. Find your double digit needles and go wild with Rasta’s color-crazed super-bulky 100% merino wool. Malabrigo had to invent a whole new dying process to make them. Above, Aspen Leaf Knits’ Sidewinder Beanie*, this year’s hot Rasta hat; last year’s was the cute Perky Little Hat* from Sharon Lentsch. Lots of Rasta Pintada colors to choose from:
Whip up Sarah Kraly’s Marshmallow Fluff cowl in no time (below left). Knit a quick scarf like Jen Reilly’s classic Super-fast, Ultra-Cozy Scarf or Fifty Four Ten Studio’s Side Line Scarf (below right), a simple sequence-knit pattern that is also available in blanket size as the Boulevard Blanket.
Moving down to chunky weight, we’ve just doubled our stock of Cascade 128 Superwash–it now takes up two rows of shelves. When your pattern calls for needles/hooks sized around US10/6mm, look no further than easy-care 128 Superwash, an incredibly next-to-skin soft washable 100% merino wool.
I used Cascade 128 Superwash to test knit a pattern I’ve written for a baby hat in chunky yarn, sized for both newborn and 3-6 months (pink hat, below). Look for the free pattern to appear here in a future post.
We have DK/light worsted weight Blue Sky Fibers Woolstok (above) in both 50g and 150g hanks. It’s no secret it’s one of Jill’s favorites. She just finished an absolutely gorgeous sweater in Woolstok, The Big Y by designer Hinterm Stein. Beautiful!
Luscious sportweight silk/alpaca Metalico, also from Blue Sky Fibers, has been a big hit since it arrived last month. My Ombre Infinity* cowl, from Cynthia Parker, came off the blocking mats only this week. I tweaked the pattern a bit; changes are explained in my project notes on Ravelry
Thankfully, more dyers and yarn companies are adopting the dropship model, in which your yarn is shipped directly to you with an order through us. Dyer Mira Cole of Baah Yarns will ship her 25 mini-skein kits for either Casapinka’s or Ambah O’Brien’s upcoming Advent MKALs. Contact us soon for full details about ordering.
These days some of us are craving the comfort of not only sitting under a blanket but making one, too. Berroco’s latest blanket kit is Fern Lake*, written for their new hand-washable 100% wool Lanas, available in 3 color combinations (see below). Machine-washable Ultra Wool or Vintage could easily be substituted, of course. The Lanas kits are $126.
If you’re looking for something a little sassier, designer Casapinka teamed up with Berroco to create DropShip kits for her Glamping Blanket in Vintage Chunky. Read all the details about how to order your kit from us here. Warning: this has been such a popular project that some Vintage Chunky colors have sold out entirely. We can let you know when Berroco has re-stocked or we can suggest colors to substitute. You can see all Vintage Chunky colors here.
I’ve been holding off on the reveal of our newest yarn, Rowan Felted Tweed, because only half the order has arrived (we don’t know why, unless it’s because it’s one of the most beloved yarns on the planet, and everybody wants it right now with the release of Kaffe Fassett’s Painterly, his second Field Guide for Modern Daily Knitting). But I can’t wait any longer!
The amazing colors we DO already have were still plenty for Jill to pick out seven for a shop model of Antonia Shankland’s 7 Color Scarf *. This favorite pattern of ours is easy, fun, and quick. You’ll get it free with your purchase of Felted Tweed. The rest of the shipment should be in SOON!
Note: Patterns marked with an asterisk (*) are available at GYI.