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12/31/22: What yarn can do.

Year-end greetings from your far-flung correspondent. I may be a couple of hundred miles away from the shop, but that hasn’t kept me from keeping an eye on all the lovely things you’ve been making with GYI yarn. This last post of the year is a gallery of some of 2022’s greatest hits — the ones Jill, Kathy, and Tina have been able to admire in person. (Warning: picture-heavy post!)

Kayla’s Dotty* designed by Elena Fedotova in Malabrigo Rios and Malabrigo Sock.

Kayla’s Boho Beaded Pocket Scarf* by tl.crochet in Malabrigo Rios.

Shop sample of Sailors Watch Cowl by Mallory Krall by Rebecca in Berroco Ultra Wool DK.

Display sample of GYI shop pattern for a double crochet beanie made by Kelly in Malabrigo Rios.

Kathy’s herringbone neckwarmer by Breean Elyse Miller in Malabrigo Rasta in color Porrinho.

Mary’s crocheted S3 Socks by Cara Louise Reitbauer in the exclusive GYI colorway from The Sheepyshire, below.

Mary’s Zurie* by the Berroco Design Team in Berroco Dash.

Mary’s Dreaming of the Slopes Hat* by Angela Plunkett in Blue Sky Fibers Woolstok Tweed in color Tiger Lily.

Kathy’s Portland Cap by Mary Pranica in Blue Sky Fibers Woolstok Tweed, also in Tiger Lily.

Another Portland Cap by Kathy in Blue Sky Fibers Woolstok Tweed in color Midsummer Night

Why not kick off your New Year’s knitting with Woolstok Tweed and a fun KAL? GYI is participating in the Blue Sky Fibers Woolstok KAL for a cozy layering piece, the Ely Capelet*, below. Official start date is January 9, ending March 31. The capelet pattern is size inclusive, up to 62″, and takes 5+ skeins of Woolstok Tweed. Pattern is free with your yarn purchase at GYI. I’m sure there will be plenty of updates coming from GYI on Instagram and Facebook.

Kathy’s Chardon by Sarah Kenyon in Blue Sky Fibers Woolstok.

Stephanie’s Gry* by Arne & Carlos in Rowan Felted Tweed.

Stephanie’s Phishing Mitt(en)s* from Jesie Ostermiller in Kelbourne Woolens Scout.

Kathy’s Timber* fingerless mitts from tincanknits in Kelbourne Woolens Scout.

Jill’s Ikigai Cowl* by Breean Elyse Miller in Malabrigo Caprino, below.

Gina’s Skyward by Yigitcan Vatansever in Malabrigo Rios in color Whales Road.

Gina’s Avena* by Jennifer Steingass in Kelbourne Woolens Scout for her main color and stash yarn for the yoke.

Steven’s The Snuggle Is Real* by Maxim Cyr in yarns purchased at The Sheepyshire trunk show this summer.

Steven’s Elisabeth by Georgia Farrell, knit with modifications from Ann Budd’s The Knitter’s Handy Book of Sweater Patterns, in Berroco Mercado, below.

Tina W.’s Jinkies* by Kate Davies in stash yarn.

Tina W.’s Ariel socks* by Sari Nordlund, also in stash yarn.

Bonnie’s Cierra* from Ella Rae in Rowan Felted Tweed.

Bonnie’s Ariadne* child’s dress by Lisa Chemery in stash yarn.

Two beanies from Bonnie using the Worsted Knit Basic Beanie by Diane Serviss in stash yarns with GYI’s fur pompoms.

Sarah’s Burrow Hat from Purl Soho in Malabrigo Rios.

Tina R.’s Sockhead Slouch Hat by Kelly McClure in The Sheepyshire Staple Sock.

Jaime used a personal pattern for this child’s hat and earwarmer set with one hank of The Sheepyshire Maizy Super Bulky.

Mary crocheted the Bristol Beanie by Lee Sartori twice, using each of the colorways of The Sheepyshire Staple Sock Holiday Sets Santa Claus Lane and Light One Candle, below.

Kathy’s I’m So Basic socks from Summer Lee, also in The Sheepyshire Staple Sock Holiday Set Santa Claus Lane. Summer Lee’s pattern must be one of Kathy’s favorites — below, two more pairs in stash yarn.

Three views of Charlotte’s Jigsaw Puzzle* by Stephen West in stash yarns.

Charlotte’s Painting Bricks Shawl*, another Stephen West design, in stash yarns. She finished the piece without the sawtooth border. If you’re intrigued by the “brick” pattern — an ideal use for mini skeins — West has versions for a blanket, cowl, hat, sweater, scarf, socks, and mittens as well.

Joni’s Color Strike* shawl by Josh Ryks-Robinsky in madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light.

Joni’s Chilton Cowl* by Bobbi Intveld using a Blue Sky Fibers Woolstok Bundle in the Holiday Frost colorway.

Joni’s 21 Color Slouch* by Virginia Sattler-Reimer made with a Blue Sky Fibers Woolstok Bundle in the Holiday Cheer colorway. Below, the Holiday Cheer and Holiday Frost sets.

The mini-ornaments below, free patterns by Nancy Ekvall from the Blue Sky Fibers website, were designed for Woolstok Bundles but would be great for your stash leftovers, too: Holiday Cheer Mini Hat and Holiday Cheer Mini Mitt.

If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to finish a stocking in plenty of time for the 2023 holidays, remember that Candide Christmas Classics Stocking Kits can be ordered from GYI all year long for only $36.

One of my resolutions is to get back to GYI as soon as I can to get my hands on the beautiful yarns that have come in since I left in April. Looks like I missed a glorious restock of Knittinbro Sock. These pictures were taken in November. My guess is many have sold out by now!

I don’t want to miss this yummy Berroco Lanas Light.

Kathy’s Sketchbook Hat* by the Berroco Design Team in Berroco Lanas Light.

Gwenn’s personal pattern for Fair Isle mittens in Lanas Light.

Machine washable Lang Cashmerino for Babies & More would be perfect for a wee one I’ve been knitting for recently.

Jill’s Spelt* by Lisa Chemery in Cashmerino for Babies and More.

I’ll close with a confession about the wildly popular Sophie Scarf* by PetiteKnit, below.

When it first debuted in July on the designer’s Instagram account and on Ravelry, all I could think of was (and I know I’m dating myself!) this:

But the more photos that showed up on social media showing it as just a fun accessory for a pop of color, it began to win me over.

And then Kathy used some of GYI’s Malabrigo Caprino for this beauty:

I mean, c’mon — the chance to use an 80/20 merino/cashmere? And a quick knit that takes less that 150 yards?

There could be quite a few Sophie scarves wrapped up with bows by December 2023 because, of course, I’ll be keeping that other resolution to do a little gift knitting every month, right? And who knows, maybe even a Sophie Shawl* for myself?

Happy and Healthy New Year, everyone.

May your 2023 be filled with smiles — and many contented hours of stitching!

Note: patterns marked with an asterisk (*) are available at GYI and Ravelry.