We're giving you the scoop on our in-store samples and new yarns for spring.

We're giving you the scoop on our in-store samples and new yarns for spring.

Knitters and crocheters spend a fair bit of time planning and plotting, checking out patterns, jotting down ideas, and scrolling through social media looking for the next perfect project. A LYS is no different — here at Riverside Yarns we, too, are looking for great projects that show off our yarns and inspire our customers. Fortunately, we have many hands that provide us with a range of projects from the beginner-friendly beanie to multi-coloured shawls and sweaters.

Peggy Call is an experienced knitter who has been invaluable in helping us refresh the store samples. She knit many of the classics in the store, including the Love Note by Tin Can Knits and the gorgeous Altheda in the photo above.

Many of you would have met Melanie Merswolke at the store before we bought it in 2019. We have a lovely Weekender sweater that she has made, as well as a cosy Gramps cardigan. She shares her creative output on Instagram at @purls_and_honey, and her completed projects can be found on Ravelry under purlsandhoney.

Lori Savichunas is behind the fun and whimsical Instagram account @caddyshackcreative. And while she enjoys knitting small animals and smaller people, we have displayed a number her shawls in the store that feature the Yarns of Rhichard Devrieze. These projects can be found on her Ravelry page, lorisav.

Earlier this year we collaborated with local knit designer Nancy Lekx to present the Riverside Yarns Family Cowl Knit-Along. Nancy’s designs have more recently been published in Interweave Knits and A Needle Pulling Thread. We were happy to receive her Coronavirus Smackdown shawl shortly after she released the free pattern on Ravelry. You can find her other designs at https://www.ravelry.com/designers/nancy-lekx.

Our store manager, Shawna Katz, has also supplied us with many wonderful crochet samples. Her High Line Pullover is a great example of modular construction done in a versatile and moderately-priced wool blend. Shawna is also a designer, and her work can be found on Ravelry at https://www.ravelry.com/designers/shawna-katz. You can follow her on Instagram at @seak.creates, and on Facebook at http://facebook.com/seak.creates .

We met Johanna Brown in the spring of 2019, as the Saturday afternoon knitting group was gathering at the store. Last spring she made 'Jane' by French designer Mlle Petronille for us, and we’re going to be showing off her Butterfly/Papillon shawl sample. Johanna has also designed an easy Wedge Heel sock pattern for us to help new knitters begin their sock-knitting journey.

When Nancy Luckhardt came in to show us her Butterfly/Papillon Shawl last spring (shortly after the first Lockdown) we were blown away by how beautifully done it was. When she said we could use it in the store, we were speechless. That shawl has inspired a wave of Butterflies, and we’re grateful to Nancy for her generosity.

Kim Allerton is also loaning us a shawl that is inspirational and fun. Her version of Waiting for the Sun (in the photo above) is posted on her Ravelry page: KnitPearlKim. We’re also grateful to Kim for the knitting advice she has given us over the past year and a half, saving us from more than a few fibre disasters.

We were happy to bring Joan Spence on board this fall, and her help in the store has been invaluable. We'll soon have a Frid sweater, knit in super bulky Sirdar Adventure, thanks to Joan. We also have in the store a beautiful Ribbed Cowl, which she designed herself and knit up in Katia Eden.

We love to have crocheted samples in the store, and Zinah Al-Hakeem made one of our first ones, the Dancing Poppies Cardigan. It’s done in Katia Azteca Milrayas, and it still brings a great splash of colour to the store. Zinah is also the maker of a lovely little lace crop crocheted in Cascade Anchor Bay.

Karli Whitmore has been a fan of our Farm to Store Yarns, and has used Woolies in the Country Yarns for mitts, hats, scarves, socks, and much more! She also loves the Yarns of Rhichard Devrieze and Meaford Wool. Karli sent us a gorgeous Self Fringing Shawl knit up in Woolies Brushed to use as a sample in the store. We’re sharing it with Bonnie (Woolies in the Country)! Karli’s projects can be found on Ravelry at KarliKnitter.


Our Estelle Eco Tweed was the perfect choice for the Altheda Sweater. This GOTS-certified yarn is 25% alpaca, making it soft and easy to work with. Peggy Call knit this in Navy and Gold, but the design by Jennifer Steingass is adaptable to any combination of the nine colours that we have in the store.

Estelle Eco Tweed: 50% wool, 25% alpaca, 25% lyocell
350m/100g ball $18.00

 Shawna Katz shows off the High Line Sweater which she crocheted with King Cole Fashion Aran in Skye. The sweater is designed by ChiWei and is a unique rectangle construction. The pattern is available online for free at One Dog Woof.

King Cole Fashion Aran: 75% acrylic, 25% wool
200m/100g $9.00

We can't get over how our customers have flocked to the Butterfly/Papillon shawl. And no wonder! It's an engaging knit, and the colour possibilities are endless. The top sample was knit by Josette deBrouwer using Uneek Fingering in colour 3007 - Autumn Walks. Johanna Brown has done her shawl in colour 3025 - Ocean. The shawl was designed by Marin Melchior and can be found on Ravelry at

Urth Uneek Fingering, 100% extrafine merino, 345yds/100g $32.00



Clare Matthews needed a project for her pandemic Netflix-watching, so she chose to do a cardigan using Illimani Amelie. The cardigan features a nifty half-brioche stitch pattern, and is very lightweight. Amelie is a unique combination of Mulberry Silk, Baby Alpaca and Merino.
Photo by Ed Matthews

Cody Hawes finished her Rift Tee by Jacqueline Cieslak. She used Lichen & Lace Rustic Heather Sport in Coal, and had enough yarn left over to make a pair of mittens. Beautiful and classic!

Anne-Marie Hay sports her Glenmore Sweater by Ysolda Teague, knit up in Estelle Outback Chunky in Sand. Anne-Marie was very impressed with the clarity of the design - Ysolda is known for creating patterns that are size-inclusive, with unique construction details. Her designs are available at https://ysolda.com

Melody Donald knit up this Anthophilia Sweater by Tanis Grey for her daughter-in-law, Dayna Donald, who is a beekeeper. This top-down stranded colourwork pullover is an ode to bees, and is gorgeous done up in BC Garn Hamelton Tweed 1.

Donna Murphy has joined in the Thrummed Mitten fun! She did these in
Estelle Outback Chunky in Flamingo, using Country Roving by Briggs and Little for the thrums. She used a pattern from Verypink.com, which is available on Ravelry.


Amalia Stoltzfus-Forand made this fun hat using a Lumière Hat Kit from Estelle, in the 04 colourway. She used the Basic Beanie pattern, available for free at estelleyarns.com. Amalia has had to get another pom-pom because, at 200m/ ball, she has enough yarn left over to make another hat!


Lois Ford of Burlington has been busy making socks. From left, she has Patons Kroy Socks in Dads Jacquard, Cascade Heritage Prints in Reds #51, Universal Yarns Allegro - a wool-free sock yarn - in Classical Crimson #808 and Lang Super Soxx in colour #9104. Lois used a simple two-stitch rib pattern for the socks.



Cathie Dowell took part in our Riverside Family Cowls KAL, using a superfine alpaca from her stash. Cathie made the large size (CO 156 stiches) on 4MM needles and used about 360 yards of yarn.
The cowl was designed by Nancy Lekx and is available at https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/sources/nancy-lekxs-ravelry-store.

Mary Devlin has developed her own special pattern to make socks that are large enough for her son to wear. She was thrilled that there is enough yarn in each ball of the Estelle Sock Twins Brights for these large socks, which are done in the Bright Sunrise (603) colourway.

We're always happy to share photos of your finished objects. Did you know you can also share on Instagram? Tag us @riversideyarns, or share to #myriversideyarns.


Just in time for Spring!
New yarn from KATIA & CONCEPT by Katia

We've brought in some fun yarn options from Katia to get you into the spring and summer knitting, crocheting, and crafting groove. This Barcelona-based yarn and fabric company has long been a leader in the hand-made community. Check out the company's blog at Katia.com, where you'll find interesting patterns and videos like this one:

Katia Linen 53% cotton - 47% linen
This DK-weight yarn is perfect for summer ponchos and light cardigans. The natural linen fibres make it a good choice for home items like cushions and blankets.
112m/50g ball, $8.00
8 colours

Cotton-Cashmere 90% cotton - 10% cashmere
Concept by Katia has created this incredibly soft fingering yarn that is ideal for season-spanning knits. It's suitable for baby items as well as wraps and light accessories.
155m/50g ball, $10.00
6 colours (with more to come)

Macrame Cord 65% cotton - 25% polyester - 10% other fibres
Macrame is back in style, and we have the right cord for your crafting projects.
100m/500g bobbin, $25.00
4 colours


Re-Tape 52% polyester from recycled plastic bottles - 48% cotton
Re-Tape is a worsted-weight yarn produced from reclaimed sea plastic and organic cotton. It has a unique chain construction that will give texture to your project, whether it be a light t-shirt or a breezy throw for your home.
100m/50g ball, $8.00
6 colours (with more to come)

Our Bricks and Mortar store will be closed for our annual inventory count from Sunday, March 28 to Monday, April 5. We will be processing online orders, but we will not be available for curbside pick-up until Tuesday, April 6 at 12 PM.

Now that lockdown measures have been lifted, we have a modest proposal:

The Coronavirus Smackdown KAL

It's been just over a year since we've been confronted with Coronavirus and all its complications. One thing we've learned in this time is that crafting together has helped lessen some of the loneliness many of us have felt through this pandemic.  Last year local designer Nancy Lekx created the Coronavirus Smackdown Shawl as a symbol of our collective experience with CoVid 19. As part of the KAL, Nancy has created a series of lessons that she will share via Zoom with KAL participants.
Details of the KAL will be shared on Facebook and Instagram. The pattern can be found here:
Photo by Nancy Lekx

Winter/ Spring store hours:
Tuesday to Friday, noon to 5 PM
Saturday, 10 AM to 4 PM

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As hand crafters we have the gift of beginnings at our fingertips.

As hand crafters we have the gift of beginnings at our fingertips.

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There’s a shiver to starting a new project. The yarn feels fresh, we’ve gathered our tools and notions. We can see what we want to create in our mind’s eye. We cast on with hope and confidence, and perhaps some trepidation. The pattern may be a treasured favourite, but we might also be knitting, crocheting, or weaving something we’ve never tried before.  Every time we take up our tools, we start anew.

As hand crafters we have the gift of beginnings at our fingertips.  At Riverside Yarns we are thrilled to be part of your new beginnings. The passion, energy, and determination that each and every one of you has brought to your projects is inspiring.  Let’s keep that energy shining through and together we will work our way out of these difficult times.

This month’s newsletter celebrates the beautiful projects we have all been working on over the past weeks and even months.  Our Finished Objects Gallery is FULL of your love and resilience.  Knit, crochet, felt, and weave on!

We love how soft Cascade Ultra Pima DK Cotton  is, and how it knits up into cosy projects for babies and children. Did you know it's also the preferred yarn for making Knitted Knockers? We didn't realize how special Knitted Knockers were until Betty Traynor brought in her collection all ready to be sent to the Knitted Knockers of Canada distribution centre.
Knitted Knockers are just that: a hand-knit prosthesis for women who have undergone mastectomies or other procedures to the breast. Traditional breast prosthetics are usually expensive, heavy, sweaty, and uncomfortable. They typically require special bras or camisoles with pockets and can’t be worn for weeks after surgery. Knitted Knockers, on the other hand, are soft, comfortable, beautiful and when placed in a regular bra they take the shape and feel of a real breast. And women can use them fairly soon after surgery. (http://knittedknockerscanada.com/index.html).

Our 'knocker' is stuffed with wool roving, making it  light-weight  and breathable. So you have a 100% natural fibre product, made by volunteer crafters, available for free to anyone who requests them through the Knitted Knockers of Canada. 

Patterns for the knitted version have been printed by Estelle Yarns and are available at the store, and on their website. There is also a crochet pattern on the Knitted Kockers website. We're so happy to be a drop-off centre for this heartwarming project. For a free pattern, visit:




This collection of cowls was designed exclusively for Riverside Yarns to mark Ontario’s Family Day on February 15, 2021. The pattern comes in five sizes, so you’re sure to find one to fit every member of your family. It's also very flexible: knit fewer repeats for a snug neckwarmer, or knit it longer so you can pull the cowl up over your head like a hood.

To celebrate this collaboration with our local designer, Nancy Lekx, we're hosting a four-week Knit-A-Long via Zoom. We'll kick off the KAL on Thursday, Jan. 28 at 7 PM, and Nancy will be on hand to talk about the design elements and offer support. 

The pattern calls for DK-weight yarn, and we have plenty of options in the store. Our samples on the top were knit in Sirocco from The Yarns of Rhichard Devrieze in Strawberry Finches (adolescent/adult small size) and Bo Peep Luxury Baby from West Yorkshire Spinners in Buttercup (toddler size).  Bottom: Superwash Merino DK from Estelle Yarns in Steel (adult large size).
The pattern is currently available on Ravelry at 
20% off until January 28 and no coupon code is required. 


If you would like to take part in our Zoom KAL, please email:
1: Colette Le Page used six balls of Estelle Superwash Merino DK in a colour gradient for her Correct Shawl. The pattern is available for free on the Estelle website.

2: This is a colourful set knit up by Pat Wagter for her husband. She used Cascade 220 Superwash, a great choice for outer wear.

3:  Cody Hawes was inspired by the "Eyelet Shawl Pattern Collection" from UK yarn shop Woolly Brew when she designed this classic shawl. The eyelet pattern really shows off the texture of the BC Garn Soft Silk that she used. The colourway, Curry, makes this an all-season accessory.

4: Rosemary Mulligan finished her Elton sweater in the fall, using Urth Sock 2017 and Marsh Mohair in Sage.  The different weights of yarn are used separately to create a highly textured striping. She then double-stranded the leftover yarn to make a pair of welted fingerless mitts by Churchmouse Designs and a Tanis Fibre Arts hat. The  Zigzagular socks, following a pattern from Prairie Girl Designs, are knit in Urth Sock without the mohair.
Karli Whitmore is always thinking of unique ways to use our local yarns. Top photos: She knit up some simple slippers and crocheted a soap holder with the last of the Ainsley Woods fingering that she had in her stash. 
Bottom photos: Karli made a cosy one-skein hat with some Woolies In the Country Lopi, and doubled Briggs and Little Sport with Meaford Lace for these delightful fingerless gloves.

Her projects can be seen on Ravelry:



1: Cathy needed a quick and satisfying knit over the holidays. She chose to do the Copper River Beanie and Cowl with Malabrigo Caracol in Rich Chocolate, and topped it with a Pom Pom from Grey Owl Knits.
2: Josette created this one-of-a-kind colour work sweater using the Strange Brew method from Tin Can Knits. She kit it up in Sweet Paprika Winfield.
3,4: An original design by Shawna Katz. She's calling this the Alpine Ridges Hat. While she crocheted it in Illimani Amelie, she's created a pattern that can be adapted for any size, in almost any yarn. 

Top: You can never have enough ribbed cowls. Joan Spence knit this one up in Katia Eden. This is her own design, and we have the pattern at the store.
Bottom: Judy Elkins completed her Oxbow Sweater by Andrea Mowry in Hayfield Chunky with wool. 

Mark your calendars!
It's our first First Friday Sale of 2021!
We're offering all our Sugar Bush Yarns at 25% off. There's a Sugar Bush Yarn in every weight, from Itty-Bitty for sweet socks, to super-chunky Chill for plush and cosy hats. 

Check it out online only on Friday, Feb 5. While quantities last!
We offer curb-side pickup for local customers, and a flat-rate shipping fee of $10.00 on orders under $200.
We're excited to launch a series of Zoom classes, starting with Beginner's Crochet with Shawna.
Join us for a three-week online class that will tackle the basics of crochet one step at a time. This class will be held remotely via Zoom, and is limited to three participants.
Your instructor will be Shawna Katz, our store manager and the designer behind Uniquely Handcrafted.

When: Friday 10:30 am to 11:30 am Feb. 5, 12, 19
Cost: $30 non-refundable, non-transferable
Email cathy@riversideyarns.ca to register
This January and February we're re-stocking our favourite hand-dyed yarns. Any day now we'll be receiving a shipment from Malabrigo of Sock, Arroyo, Washted, Caracol, and Silkpaca. Our order for Lichen and Lace went in last week, and includes plenty of 80/20 Sock, Marsh Mohair, and Rustic Sport. And our orders from The Yarns of Rhichard Devrieze are always full of surprises. We'll keep you posted on Facebook and Instagram
New Yarn for a New Year
Introducing ADVENTURE by Sirdar

This super cozy, super chunky, roving yarn has something for everyone. It's great for beginners because it knits up warm accessories in a flash. Experienced crafters will like it for big projects, like blankets and house wares. Use large needles for maximum impact.
80% Acrylic/ 20% Wool
 7.5 sts x 10 rows = 10 cm on 12 mm needles
 $22.60  per 105m/ 200g ball
Available in 8 colours inspired by Polar expeditions.
In-store and online early February. 

We're still connecting through Zoom

Under the current public health guidelines we cannot offer in-house project support. We have, however, reached out to a number of our customers virtually and will continue to do so for the time being. If you need some guidance with a project, email Josette and she will set up a Zoom meeting with you. We can only offer knitting support at this time.

Our Tuesday Knit/Crochet is going strong on Zoom. We 'meet' at 7 PM for an hour and a half of chit chat about crafting, yarn, and whatever else catches our fancy.

To take part in either program, simply send an email to
Winter Hours 
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays: 12 - 5 PM
Thursdays: closed, local delivery only
Saturdays: 12 - 4 PM

Ontario is under "stay at home orders", so we cannot be open to the public. We will be in the store during these hours, filling online orders, and handling phone-in orders. We can arrange for curbside pick-up and local delivery.
Our webstore is open 24/7.


Our cover photo features the Rippling Waves Shawl, a pattern designed by Nancy Lekx that was published in the Summer 2020 issue of knitscene magazine.

This pattern is available at interweave.com 
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We're happy to say that the fall knitting, crocheting, and weaving frenzy is in full swing.

We're happy to say that the fall knitting, crocheting, and weaving frenzy is in full swing.

     We're happy to say that the fall knitting, crocheting, and weaving frenzy is in full swing. Needles are clacking, hooks are doing their magic and the yards of mittens, cowls, clothing of all sizes and home accessories are growing by the hour. Some of us are casting on our first bulky hat, anxious and delighted. Others are juggling numerous projects, from a cardigan for a loved one to thrummed mittens for a rainy day gift. Each of us is creating with care and thoughtfulness. 

    Here at Riverside Yarns we’re particularly grateful that we have been able to keep our store open to the public through the summer and into the fall. Understandably, the safety measures that all retailers have had to put into place means that from time to time customers must wait outside. We simply do not have the space to accommodate more than three customers safely. Should you be in the store while customers are waiting outside, we kindly ask that you limit your browsing time so everyone gets a chance to make their purchases. 
       We are all adjusting to a new and sometimes limiting way of doing retail. Our customers have adapted with grace and positivity. We thank you for your patience and understanding.

    You can also browse on our online store, where most of our stock is available. It’s open 24/7, and we continue to offer in-store pick-up, and a flat-rate shipping fee of $10.00 on orders under $200. Give us a look at www.riversideyarns.ca. We also love showing off new yarns and projects on Facebook and instagram! 

This Thanksgiving Weekend Riverside Yarns will be open Friday 12 - 5 PM and Saturday 10 AM to 4 PM.
We will be closed Tuesday, Oct. 13.

Cathy, Josette, and Shawna wish you, your families, and friends a happy and safe Thanksgiving.
Introducing Shawna Katz
Shawna joined Riverside Yarns as our new sales associate in July. She brings a solid background in retail, as well as a strong creative streak.
Her original patterns can be found at www.ravelry.com/designers/shawna-katz, and she's on Facebook and Instagram at seak.creates.
What's new in the store?
Introducing 50 Shades of Mohair from Katia.  These 20g bobbins pack 200m of mohair blend that is feathery light yet strong enough for the heavy wear of mittens and scarves.  Visit Katia.com to see the shades, or call the store for more details. At $8.00 per bobbin it's an economical way to add warmth to your winter knitting.
It's so easy to knit a jacquard stitch hat with Katia's Easy Hat. You only need one ball of this fun limited-edition Perfect Cycle yarn to make a funky winter hat, and the free pattern is included! With six colours to choose from, you can make hats for the whole family. Each 100g ball sells for $18.40. There's enough yarn in the ball to make a Pom Pom, or top it with a funky hand-made Pom Pom by Grey Owl Knits. 
Just in time for sweater weather! We now carry yarn from Briggs and Little, Canada's oldest woolen mill. Choose from their DK-weight Sport, at $6.90/ 393m skein, their light-worsted Regal at $7.50 for a 248m skein, or the worsted-weight Heritage, a hearty two-ply that costs $6.90 for a 196m skein. And for those cozy thrummed mittens we have 5 colours of Country Roving, at $12.10.
    These irresistible Shetland sheep are the source of some delightful yarn that has made its way into Riverside Yarns. They may look like a flock in the wilds of Ireland or Wales, but they're not. They are living comfortably up the road, not 40 minutes from Owen Sound. Say 'hello' to the sheep of Meaford Wool. Their fleece, and the fleece of some cute little Columbia sheep on the farm, is being spun and dyed into wool yarns that are about as local as you can get. We especially love the saturated colours of the 2-ply Mule Spun worsted, which is hand-dyed on the farm and sells for $20/ 220yd skein. We also have natural Columbia Lopi at $14/ 150yd skein, undyed Shetland Lopi at $22.50/ 158yd skein and undyed Shetland Lace at $20 for a 400yd/skein. These yarns, as well as a Gotland/Mohair mix will soon be available online at riversideyarns.ca -- just search under the "Farm to Store" tab.

Fall just got a lot more fun with this KAL
Join us for a comfy, cozy fall Knit-a-Long. We've chosen the Oxbow Cardigan from drea renee knits because, well, it's perfect. Andrea Mowry has done it again with this easy-fitting seamless sweater. The pattern is designed to fit any gender, any age. It has an engaging stitch pattern that's easy to remember, and you can add buttons or leave it be, your choice. The best part: it's knit on big needles (8mm) with chunky yarn. 
We'll cast on on Tuesday,  October 20th during our first fall Zoom Group Knit/Crochet.
photo by Kathy Cadigan

Classes, Zoom Project Support, and Zoom Group Knits

Considering the current public health guidelines, we still cannot offer in-house project support. We have, however, reached out to a number of our customers virtually and will continue to do so for the time being. If you need some guidance with a project, email Josette and she will set up a Zoom meeting with you. We can only offer knitting support at this time. For more information, email:

Our first session of classes, while limited, went well.  We were planning to move on to another session after Thanksgiving, however, we are concerned by the situation with COVID-19. We are pausing the classes at least until the end of October.  If at that time we feel comfortable offering another session, we will send out an email to all customers.

In the meantime, how about a Zoom Group Knit/Crochet to keep you motivated? Last spring we had a lively group that met on Zoom Tuesday and Saturday afternoons. If you're interested in taking part in a Tuesday afternoon virtual knit/crochet/crafting session, please email Josette to sign up. The first session will begin at 1 PM on Tuesday, Oct. 20.

Finished Project Gallery

Patti Waterfield knit up this easy-fitting Morlaix pullover in Sugarbush Cabot. The pattern is designed by Regina Moessmer and is available on Ravelry.

Rhonda Forge used Fibra Natura, a 100% Flax DK-weight yarn, for this stunning wrap.

We love the geometric shapes in Sandra Kilby's blanket. She knit it in Estelle Alpaca/ Merino Fine, so it will be warm yet light. The blanket is designed by Steve Rousseau -- check out his Ravelry page if you're interested in bold architectural pieces.

Diana Griffiths used Estelle Outback Chunky for this wonderful fall sweater.


You could say Anne Thompson is a fan of Andrea Mowry's designs. The top is 'So Faded' using Illimani Sabri in Grey. The second photo is her 'Weekender Light', knit with Manos del Uruguay Milo in the Coquina colourway.

Susan Fraser knit these shawls for the Grey Roots Museum, using Paton’s Shetland Chunky and Cascade 128 Superwash. Volunteers use them when they dress up in period costumes for special events at the Moreston Heritage Village. Susan's grand-daughters love them because they're warm!

Pat Wagter used Sugar Bush Yarns Trickle in Garden Glory for this light sweater. 
Bonnie Perry, the creator of Woolies in the Country, shows off a lovely gift to the store from Karli Whitmore of Montreal. Known as KarliKnitter on Ravelry, Karli has created a wonderfully warm shawl with two colours of Woolies Brushed. She used Woolies Boucle to make the World's Simplest Mittens, by Tin Can Knits.
To see more of her projects, check out her Ravelry page:
Coming to Riverside Yarns
Made by the Crafty Kit Company, each British Birds needle felting kit contains everything you need to make a sweet little bird. Each kit contains 100% wool, wire, pipe cleaner, glass eyes, felting needles, foam mat and step-by-step instructions.


It's time for some Christmas Crochet ideas. In this book you'll find patterns for tree decor, home decor, stockings, and an Advent calendar to help you count down to the big day. Detailed instructions and photographs accompany each project to make your crocheting experience an enjoyable one. All patterns use DK or chunky wool.

21 pages, 9 patterns   $20.00

This collection includes plenty of festive projects to adorn your home. How about knitting up a cuddly Penguin, a Tree Toy called Trevor, and garlands of snowmen and Santas. Detailed patterns and instructions are included to make this your most creative Christmas ever.

21 pages, 10 patterns   $20.00

New from BC Garn, Hamelton Tweed 1.  This is a beautiful, classic tweed yarn, and we'll be bringing in 10 warm and rich colours. It's really the perfect yarn for all your cool-weather knitting. 

90% Wool, 10% Viscose
100m/ 50g ball @ $10.00
Needle size/tension: 4.5-5mm / 18sts


Our fall/ early winter hours are:
Tuesday to Friday, noon to 5 PM
Saturdays, 10 AM to 4 PM
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Late summer days are meant for dreaming about fibre projects.

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August was made for daydreaming about fibre arts. The rush to get summer underway is behind us. We’ve settled into our sandals a bit more, the heat and humidity have become comfortable. Even the lake water hovers in that perfectly refreshing range.

While the cicadas sing out in the yard, us fibre daydreamers have our heads full of fall and winter projects. We’ve pulled out our knitting & crochet magazines and books and are mulling over patterns for cabled socks and colour work toques. Is this the time to commit to a blanket? What about that Icelandic wool that’s been set aside for nine (could be 10) years -- what to do with that? And it would be really nice to have the ‘Christmas Knitting’ done before December 25.

There is very little urgency in our search for the right pattern, not in these days of August. It’s a bit like the lull before the storm. We know that we’ll be elbow-deep in all weights and colours of yarn soon enough. Right now, though, as August slowly seeps past us with its starry nights and mellow days, we’re content to dream a little wooly dream.

What's new in the store?
We're already thinking ahead to cooler days and have pulled out some Estelle Alpaca Drift to make up a ‘cozy cocoon cowl.’  Alpaca Drift is soft and light, making it the perfect yarn for scarves, shawls, sweaters, and accessories that are cozy without being heavy. This cowl is designed by Melissa Clulow and the pattern is available for free on Ravelry. 
Alpaca Drift:
70% Baby Alpaca, 7% Merino Wool, 23% Nylon
130m ball @ $10.00
Needle Size/Tension: 6mm/ 14sts
8 colours available
Now's the time to get your projects organized, and these hand-made bags make it very easy. We just love the whimsical fabrics that Marilyn Felbert has chosen for her line of project bags. We have three sizes to choose from: the large tote sells for $30 and the medium tote and wrist bags sell for $25. These bags are currently only available in-store. 
We have a new sock yarn that's bound to become a customer favourite. Sockenwolle Uni by Pro Lana is a great choice for classic socks, but would also be useful for budget conscious sweaters, baby items, and so much more!

75% Superwash Wool, 25% Polyamide
420m ball @ $11.50
Needle Size/Tension: 2.5-3.0mm/ 28-32 sts
20 colours available

Riverside Yarns is happy to offer Knitting and Crochet Classes this fall on a very limited basis.

We can only accommodate three students per session, so we cannot hold spaces in the class and there will not be a waiting list. We appreciate your patience as we navigate this new way of teaching while implementing social distancing.

Learn to Crochet - 3 Week Session
Level: Beginner
September 15, 22, and 29, 5:30 to 7PM
Project: Simple Crochet Cowl
Instructor: Shawna Katz


Learn to Knit Wedge Heel Socks - 3 Week Session
Level: Advanced Beginner: must know how to knit, purl, cast on, cast off,     decrease stitches, count stitches
September 17, 24, October 1, 5:30 to 7PM
Project: Simple Wedge Heel Socks
Instructor: Johanna Brown


If you are interested, please send an email to cathy@riversideyarns.ca for more information.

Our knitting and crochet friends have been busy with all sorts of projects the past few weeks. What's on your needles?

Top to bottom: Bonnie Cathrae finished this lovely V-neck baby cardigan and hat using Cascade 220 Superwash. She used the Nevis pattern by marianna mel, which is a free Ravelry pattern. Both the hat and cardigan are knit with DK yarn on 4mm needles.

Marilyn Griffith used Celtic Aran for this cosy cabled pullover which she designed herself.

Donna Cruickshank used Celtic Aran in Lavender to make this darling Wave Blanket for a new baby in the family.

Rosemary Mulligan used Sweet Paprika's Pizzicato in Cobblestone and Marsh Mohair from Lichen and Lace in Silver Fox for this beautiful Tin Can Knits project, the Love Note. 
Catherine Stewart took part in our spring KAL, the Odyssey Shawl by Joji Locatelli. She loves blue, and opted for some Riverside Studio Merino Aran, Cascade 220, and Uptown Worsted.

Deb Stewart used Uptown Worsted for this simple yet elegant pullover sweater.
Waving From Our Windows Cowl
We love cowls, especially when we can use leftovers from other projects. This pattern was designed by Susan Ashcroft as a "comfort project" in the early days of the COVID 19 lockdown. She called it "Waving from our Windows" because it reminded her of the images online and in the press  of everyone waving from their windows during the lockdown. 

The colourwork is made with slipped stitches, so you are only working with one yarn per round. Basically you're getting lovely colourwork with no stranding.

Allow approx. 200m/220yds of the MC (solid or semi-solid) and 100m/110yds of the CC (striping or variegated). Cathy used one skein of Sweet Paprika Winfield in Propolis for the MC. She had some  Malabrigo Arroyo in Indiecita and Petrichor left over from another project, so she double stranded this with Kidsilk Haze for the CC. 

Zoom Project Support

One of the things we miss doing in the store is offering in-house project support. We think we have a solution: we're going to Zoom it! If you've got your needles in a twist and need some help, email Josette and she will set up a Zoom meeting with you to help you get your stitches back in line. We can only offer knitting support at this time. For more information, email:

We're now open Saturday mornings!

Our late summer/ early fall hours are:
Tuesday to Friday, noon to 5 PM
Saturdays, 10 AM to 4 PM

The store will be closed Friday Aug. 28 and Saturday Aug. 29.

Coming this fall to Riverside Yarns
We couldn't offer you the "Saltwater" series of books without bringing in some Briggs and Little yarns. The books and the yarn from Canada's oldest woolen mill practically go hand in hand. 
Christine LeGrow and Shirley A. Scott have become household names -- at least in knitters' homes -- for the stories and lore they have uncovered while putting together Saltwater Mittens, Saltwater Classics, and Saltwater Gifts.  All patterns are rated by difficulty and are clearly presented for today's knitters.

We were so pleased with the BC Garn Soft Silk that we brought in this spring that we'd like to try more of their yarns.  This Danish-based company is well-known for its organic and ecologically minded yarns that have a touch of luxury but are still affordable. 
Two of their yarns that we're looking at are BIO Shetland and Loch Lomond.
BIO Shetland is a beautiful woolen-spun melange yarn. Each colour has many shades which gives a distinct look to your finished product. You'll fall for this if you love traditional rustic yarns. Loch Lomond is 100% Scottish wool, and is an authentic tweed yarn.  It comes in beautiful tones which are perfect for colourwork or textured patterns. 

We're also impressed by BC Garn because many of their yarns are certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) - the highest international standard for organic fibre production. GOTS  certification ensures that all aspects of the manufacturing process are environmentally sound, sustainable, and socially ethical.

To learn more, visit: https://www.global-standard.org/.
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We're celebrating our First Anniversary in the best way possible - with yarn by three of our local dyers.

We're celebrating our First Anniversary in the best way possible - with yarn by three of our local dyers.


We’re marking our anniversary at Riverside Yarns differently than we thought we would, but honestly, this is going to be so much better than cupcakes and a marching band. We’re looking at this first year mark as a celebration of friendship and a celebration of place. And the most fitting way to do that is through the beauty of yarn.
    We’re happy to show off the work of three local dyers who we would never have met had we not taken a chance and bought Riverside Yarns a year ago: Jeffi Farquharson of shantiknits, Rhichard Devrieze of The Yarns of Rhichard Devrieze, and Bonnie Perry of Woolies in the Country.







 Jeffi captured the summer colours of the forests and beaches that sweep down to Georgian Bay in her delightful 'Ainsley Woods'. Jeffi developed this colour way exclusively for Riverside Yarns to help us celebrate the summer of 2020. 
    'Ainsley Woods' is a homage to family time spent on the beach at the Ainsley Wood Conservation Area near Leith, Ontario. This fingering-weight yarn is 80% Blue Faced Leicester from Ontario, and 20% nylon. When we saw the finished product, we had the perfect project for it - the ‘Close to You’ shawl by Justyna Lorkowska.  This project is a mixture of soothing garter stitch and pretty picot that shows off the brilliant yellows and bold blues of 'Ainsley Woods'.


The 'Close to You' shawl knit in 'Ainsley Woods' by shantiknits. The shawl was designed by Justyna Lorkowska of letesknits.com and the pattern is available for free on Ravelry.


We’re also smitten by the summer colours of Rhichard’s ‘Huron Sunset,’ and have asked him to bring in as much of it as he has! Summer sunsets on Georgian Bay and Lake Huron are legendary for their drama and boldness - this colour way in Thede brings that fire onto your needles. Now’s your chance to knit up a beautiful Lake Huron sunset to wear all year long.
    Rhichard, who works and lives in Markdale, Ontario, has said that his colour ways are reflections of memories as well as  “anticipations of things yet-to-be-experienced."  We can definitely get into that. 

Below: A splash of 'Huron Sunset' in Thede, Rhichard's 80/20 merino/nylon in fingering weight. 


 Bonnie Perry’s yarns are the epitome of local. Bonnie farms near Chatsworth, Ontario, and uses fleece from her pet Romney sheep, Angora goats, and alpacas to create irresistible one-of-a-kind yarns. The beauty of Woolies in the Country is that the animals decide what the yarn will look like. 
    Bonnie also has a unique way of applying the dye to the fibre — she literally paints the dye on the wet skeins with a paint brush. She uses two or three different colours on each skein, and says that once she starts she can’t stop or be interrupted as the dye will spread along the unpainted fibre. She then wraps the skeins in plastic, steams them and hangs them to dry. The following day each skein is rinsed and hung to dry again. 
    We see each skein as its own little miracle. Bonnie brings her fibre artist’s eye for colour and texture to her work, and no two skeins are quite alike.

Bonnie with one of her darling pet alpacas.

We are very excited about this collaboration with three local dyers, and we hope it sparks some joy in you, too!

Yarns from shantiknits, The Yarns of Rhichard Devrieze and Woolies in the Country are now available in the store, and online at riversideyarns.ca.

Simply enter 'Ainsley Woods', 'Huron Sunset' or  'Woolies in the Country' in the search bar. Or scroll down our home page to see them as our featured yarns. 

A First Anniversary calls for a SALE!  

We’ll pay the tax on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, July 14, 15 and 16 for online and in-store sales of everything in the store except hand-dyed yarns and our RSY Project Packs. 

    Make a purchase online or in-store during the sale and you’ll be entered into a draw for one of two gift baskets filled with delightful yarns and essential notions.
The draw will be held on July 16 to mark our
First Anniversary! 

Cathy and Josette  July, 2011

We were knitting then, and we're knitting now!
We owe a big thanks to our families for encouraging us to make the leap into retail, and for helping us with the nitty-gritty of running a small business. We owe an equally big thanks to our customers and store supporters. We're thrilled to be starting our second year at Riverside Yarns together.
Thank you all!

Cathy and Josette

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Sweaters to dishcloths and everything in between.


As we dusted off the patio furniture just to turn around and stoke the fireplace, we felt the onset of summer this year reflected the unpredictable times we are living in. Shall we knit a lace-weight tee-shirt or go full-on worsted cardigan? Hmm, forecast is flurries followed by scorching sun. Casting on 6-ply socks when the humidity is 97%? Why yes, because the mercury is falling fast.  Each day seemed to bring more turmoil and uncertainty.
     We are very thankful that we never had to close our store completely during the unsettling early stages of the Covid 19 pandemic. Our doors were locked during the first weeks,  but we continued to connect with knitters and crocheters. We continued to be a supportive community of makers.
    We are beyond happy to be open to the public again. There have been hiccups and awkward moments, but our customers have accepted the new way of retail with grace and positivity. This in itself has made it easier for us, and we are so grateful.

 Our business will look a little different this summer. We’re going to maintain reduced hours, and we won’t have additional staff to help us out. We may need to close the store for a few days here and there to manage family tasks, but we’ll be sure to give as much notice as possible. Again, we thank you all for your understanding and patience.
    As hand-crafters, we make and we fix. Let’s keep strengthening the fabric of our society by reaching out to our neighbours and listening to their stories. Let’s start talking about Black, Indigenous and People of Colour dyers, designers and makers. Let’s carry on being kind and patient, listening and learning.

 Next month we’re going to celebrate our first year at Riverside Yarns. We’ve had to put the street party on hold (dang-it-all!). Since we can’t dazzle you with fireworks, we’re going to celebrate three local dyers with yarn inspired by our friendships, our family connections, and our love of the water and hills that surround Owen Sound. 



We've all been crafting more than our usual share this spring, and you'll be heartened to know that knitters across Canada have been turning to the same projects. We've been going big with sweaters and cardigans, and small with socks and dishcloths. Our friends at Estelle Yarns in Scarborough, which supplies yarn stores across the country, say they've been shipping more Cotton Sudz than ever before. They're also coming out with a new chunky yarn that we're so excited to carry: Outback Chunky. We've been turning to Estelle for good value, quality yarns and accessories and will continue to do so into the fall. Our focus is going to be on yarns that are easier on the budget, while still keeping a good supply of yarns from our favourite indie dyers.

Check out the latest from Estelle Yarns: 
Outback Chunky!
This non-superwash Australian wool is perfect for felting projects and rustic knits. We're bringing in all 21 colours to inspire you to create cozy sweaters, hats and slippers, or accents for your home, like pillows and punch needle rugs. 

100% Australian Wool
Hand wash cool, lay flat to dry,
or machine wash vigorously for durable felted projects.
125m/100g ball @ $10.99

Knitters have been snapping up sock yarn this spring like it's going out of style! We've brought in more Opal Adventure, as well as four fun colours of Schoeller + Stahl's  Fortissima Best Of Mexiko.This 6-ply self-striping sock yarn knits up quickly on 3-4mm needles, and 150g balls ensure you have enough yarn to complete a pair of socks from one ball. 

75% superwash wool/ 25% polyamide
420m/150 g ball @ $17.50


Our Project Packs are proven winners! We're pairing quality yarn, at up to a 50% discount, with patterns that are available through Ravelry. They can be found in-store or online under the 'Shop/Yarns' tabs.

A Hap for Harriett is an intermediate shawl pattern By Kate Davies Designs.
These Project Packs include 1 skein of Lang Yarns Ayumi 100g/704m (770yds)
in either Fig or Aqua.

The Tokonatsu Pullover is an intermediate project designed by Yamagara. These Project Packs include three skeins of Borgo de Pazzi Pelagia (50g/440m) in either Tropical Breeze or Dahlia. 


Not everyone can get to the store these days, so here's a peek at some of our latest store samples.

This baby cardigan by PetiteKnits looks adorable done up in Illimani Sabri. We chose Sabri for Ellen's Playset because, at 85% organic cotton, 15% baby alpaca, it's light and warm. The cardigan takes 60g of yarn, so you have enough left over for a matching baby cap. 
Illimani Sabri  100g/ 400m  $18.00

Our thanks to Nancy Luckhardt for letting us show off her lovely Butterfly/Papillon Shawl in the store. This stunning shawl, designed by Marin Melchior, features Urth Uneek Fingering and Urth Harvest Fingering in a dazzling mix of short rows and garter stitch. 
Urth Harvest Fingering, 100% extrafine merino, 345yds/100g  $25.99
Urth Uneek Fingering, 100% extrafine merino, 345yds/100g  $31.99


We asked Johanna Brown to knit up 'Jane' by French designer Mlle Petronille. She did it in Soft Silk, a Sport/ DK-weight line from the Danish yarn company BC Garn. This incredibly soft and rustic bourette silk is so versatile and easy to work with. And we all know that silk is both warm in winter and cooling on a hot summer day.
BC Garn Soft Silk, 100% silk, 350m  $25.00

This is Jeffi Farquharson's go-to baby sweater, Baby Tea Leaves by Melissa LaBarre. She knit it in Sugar Bush Yarn's Cabot. This cotton/ linen blend works up into garments that are soft and durable.
Sugar Bush Cabot, 70% pima cotton, 30% linen, 100g/266m   $18.00


We love it when knitters show us their finished objects. It's a real treat, though, when the store owners have their own FO's to share! We fell in love with the Odyssey Shawl by Joji Locatelli because it's such a good stash-buster. Cathy did her Odyssey shawl in Malabrigo Arroyo, in the Pearl, Indiecita and Petrichor colourways. Josette used Festivity by Sugar Bush Yarns in Banff Canoe, Salmon and Whale Watch. 

 Bonnie Cathrae used King Cole Drifter Baby for both the Mitred Square Blanket and the matching Baby Surprise Sweater. 

Bottom left: Waltraud Uebelhoer found just the right buttons for this sweet little sweater. 

Bottom right: Marilyn Mutch went for over-the-top colour with this Opal Adventure sock yarn.

Anne Thompson with her colourful Mitred Square Blanket, knit with King Cole Drifter Baby.



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We're celebrating our First Anniversary in the best way possible - with yarn by three of our local dyers.

We're celebrating our First Anniversary in the best way possible - with yarn by three of our local dyers.

We’re marking our anniversary at Riverside Yarns differently than we thought we would, but honestly, this is going to be so much better than cupcakes and a marching band. We’re celebrating friendship and collaboration, and the most fitting way to do that is through the beauty of yarn.

Josette deBrouwer
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