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You probably know the Saturday after Thanksgiving is Small Business Saturday, a national event that helps locally-owned businesses stay in business. Supporting neighborhood stores like Gosh Yarn It!, instead of buying from national chain stores or ordering online, really helps the entire community thrive.
We opened our doors in 2010, the same year Small Business Saturday was created. The reason we’re still your local yarn store is because YOU shop at GYI not just that one day a year but all year long, and we’re very, very thankful for your continued support.
We’re celebrating YOU this Saturday, November 27, with 15% savings storewide.
Now, let’s talk about yarn and what you can do with it!
For me, the next best thing to knitting with yarn is taking pictures of yarn. Sometimes I fuss over getting just the “right shot.”
Sometimes I just have to open a box.
Presenting Emma’s Yarn Practically Perfect Halves – 50g skeins of Practically Perfect Sock (80% superwash merino wool/20% nylon fingering weight), 200 yds each. This is exactly how they arrived from Florida last week, two dozen gorgeous colors packed in four layers.
Half-skeins make so much sense – perfect for small projects, of course, but also for stripes, stranded colorwork, mosaic knitting, or anytime you need just the right color… but not a lot of it. Halves join our stock of Practically Perfect Sock 100g/400 yd skeins and 20g/81 yd Smalls.
Did you know we create original patterns for the yarns we carry? While there are plenty of patterns available online (Ravelry alone has a catalog of nearly half a million), and we’re always happy to suggest our favorites from these widely-available designs, we also have our own “line” of exclusive designs, yours free with your yarn purchase.
Our new Turnover Scarf stars Rowan Brushed Fleece. It’s knit on US 10/6.00 mm needles. The stitch pattern is called Shadow Check, which has a completely different look on each side. Our sample takes 3 balls of Brushed Fleece. It really isn’t fair calling such a featherweight blend of extra fine merino and baby alpaca a “bulky weight” yarn!
Brushed Fleece comes in soft puffs of fluffiness.
Another of our patterns, the Queen Bee Cowl, would be beautiful in Brushed Fleece – a snuggly hug for your neck all winter. Here it’s shown in two of our older samples using discontinued bulky yarns. You’d need only one ball of each of two colors of Brushed Fleece.
We created the Two x Two Cowl to pair Rowan Felted Tweed Colour, a brand new gradient yarn, with the classic solid shades of Felted Tweed – but two colors of any DK/worsted weight yarn could be substituted.
You can make it shorter, narrower, use more colors or fewer. We used one solid color and two different shades of Colour. It’s knit flat, so you can either leave it unseamed as a scarf or join the ends to make a loop. Either way, you’ll enjoy watching your colors change with every row!
Two of our most popular yarns have been re-stocked, worsted weight Malabrigo Rios and Malabrigo Rasta super bulky.
Just how beloved is Rios? Let us count the ways…
Rios in hot pink Fucsia appears in Liz’s woven scarf, along with Blue Sky Fibers Woolstok in Cast Iron and a shot of juicy orange from one of our Emma’s Yarn Practically Perfect Smalls. Such beautiful work – it’s hard to believe Liz has only recently started weaving on her rigid heddle loom!
Rios Fucsia also stars in Molly’s cheery garter stitch scarf. She liked the look of Rios held together with Berroco Aerial silk/mohair in our Churchmouse Shoulder Cozy* (below) but didn’t want a cowl. After checking the stitch gauge of the Cozy, we figured how many to cast on for the width scarf she wanted, and voilà! Another (impromptu) original pattern was born.
Bonnie used Rios in Teal Feather for her pretty Tonka Bay Toque* from designer Virginia Sattler-Reimer. The matching fur pompom is the perfect crowning touch.
Cathe used Rios in Ivy for her Wheat from the Tin Can Knits Simple Collection. Would you believe this is only her first scarf?
Stephanie chose Rios in Cereza for Mary Annarella’s topdown pullover Throwback Thursday*, which really is a throwback since it’s been featured here before – it was her 2019 Rhinebeck Sweater. But when she wore it into the shop recently the place went wild, and I knew I needed to take another shot! She says she enjoyed knitting its unique construction. The designer states in her notes: “A photo tutorial guides you through the top-down construction for what is possibly the easiest set-in sleeve you’ll ever work – no sewing, no picking up stitches around the entire armhole, no short rows on the sleeve cap. Just carefully placed increases within the easy stockinette.” Stephanie says, give it a try!
Gina (who, incidentally, made her own Throwback Thursday* after seeing Stephanie’s back in 2019) knit her bright Antonia/Antonio* cardigan from Julie Weisenberger in Rios Camaleon.
Not made with Rios, but oh-so adorable, this colorwork/striped child’s sweater was made with Gina’s favorite pullover “house pattern” in stash yarn and Schoppel-Wolle Edition 3.
Hats seem to be on everyone’s needles these days, and pompoms are on top of many of them.
Crystal opted for a fun oversized pompom for her cabled The Rachel Hat*, from cold comfort knits. The yarn is Blue Sky Fibers Woolstok, one of Crystal’s favorite “wooly wools.”
Francie is racing through her stash of fingering weight yarns with the Snap* hat from Tin Can Knits. Four strands are held together, creating the equivalent of a bulky yarn, knit on US 10.5/6.50mm needles. Here is her current WIP showing the four sock yarns she’s using.
And here are two of Francie’s finished Snap hats, both with pompom and waiting for pompom.
Sharon knit the Kitimat hat by Kayla Sparkes, a free pattern on Ravelry, with Berroco Vintage Worsted in Mochi, Indigo, and Sour Cherry.
She used the same colors in her Button-tab Hat* from Joji Locatelli.
For Laura Aylor’s Rimrock* cowl, Sharon chose madelinetosh Tosh DK in Tart and Daffodil.
Then, using the same yarns and another Laura Aylor pattern, the Love Note* hat, she took the mosaic pattern from the Rimrock cowl and substituted it for Love Note’s original simple colorwork design. Pretty darn clever!
Sharon used Malabrigo Rasta in Campfire for the last two projects she shared with us. The buttoned cowl is the free pattern Laser by Ashley N. Aguilar, and the hat is Sidewinder Beanie* from Aspen Leaf Knits. I love that cushy Rasta pompom.
Poshi used Malabrigo Rasta in Solis for her The Ade beanie, a free pattern on Ravelry, courtesy of designer Ola Ogunlolu. What do you think – will she pompom or won’t she?
As I began this FO gallery with a woven piece, so I’ll close it with Mary Lou’s lovely framed assemblage, which serenely combines woven yarn, beads, and shells.
What will you do with yarn next?
Note: Patterns marked with an asterisk (*) are available at Gosh Yarn It!