Newsletter January 13th 2022

Is This a Stitch or Is This Me?  
I’m out of sorts
Undone and unravelled
Pull me through
Straighten me out
Twist me in the right direction

Make something.
Happy New Year from all of us at Riverside Yarns. We're looking forward to another year of helping you create apparel, housewares, and gifts for yourself and those you care about. This month we're busy re-stocking the store with your favourite yarns - lovely wool and easy-care blends that we've used in these popular store samples. We hope they inspire you!

Top left: Shawna 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  
Top right: Josette overcame her fear of steeking to finish this Dissent Cardigan by Andrea Rangel. She used Briggs and Little Regal in Sage for the main colour, and Sweet Paprika Winfield in natural for the lace motif. Her pattern notes can be found at
Briggs and Little Regal: 100% wool; 248m/113g skein - $7.50
Sweet Paprika Winfield 100% Canadian wool;  224m/110g skein - $26.50

Top left: The Shift Cowl by Andrea Mowry is a fun and versatile knit that shows off the subtle colour changes created by local dyer, Rhichard Devrieze. Josette did this in his Sirocco, a 100% merino that is nice for next to skin projects. Her project notes can be found at
Rhichard Devrieze Sirocco: 100% superwash merino; 244m/ 110g skein - $24.00
Top right: The Kimes cardigan by Taiga Hilliard is a quick knit that would fit into any child's wardrobe.  We've knit this one in King Cole Drifter Chunky, an easy-care blended yarn that has subtle colour changes.
King Cole Drifter Chunky: 25% cotton, 6% wool, 69% acrylic; 155m/ 100g ball - $13.00


This month we're also restocking our favourite cleanser for hand-knits. Eucalan is a lanolin-enriched fibre wash that lifts out dirt and reconditions wool and other animal fibres. We'll be carrying popular scents like Lavender and Eucalyptus, as well as an unscented version. Eucalan is extra-gentle and doesn't need to be rinsed, and is safe for all fabric and fibre dyes. Available in 100 ml and 500 ml bottles.

Finished Project Gallery
Sandra Kilby spread a lot of cheer this Christmas season with her hand-knit gifts. Top left: She used Cascade 220 Merino Superwash to knit up this cozy gift set, The World's Simplest Mittens by Tin Can Knits and an Ancient Grains Toque by Sweet Pea and Sparrow. She finished off the toque nicely with an Estelle snap-on pom pom. 

Top right: She knit this cosy cardigan in King Cole Forest Recycled Aran, and was very pleased with the outcome. The pattern, by Kirsten Hipsky, is available on Ravelry at

Bottom left and right: This hat and mittens set are both knit with Riverside Studio Sock and Richard Devrieze Thede held together. The hat is Hill 60 by Galt House of Yarn and mittens are The World’s Simplest Mittens by Tin Can Knits.

We've noticed more crafters are falling for double stranding with lace mohair. Sarah Cameron added a strand of Katia Concept Mohair to Illimani Royal to boost the yarn weight to aran. The Ghostwood Mittens are designed by Kiyomi Burgin, which is available on Ravelry at:

Mary-Lynn Armstrong double stranded leftover sock yarn with Pro Lana Kid Seta to knit up this funky and warm Parkview Hat by Tracie Miller. The pattern can be found at
Mary-Lynn tells us she loves stranding mohair with variegated sock yarn and is busily working away with her leftover yarn.
Top left: Maggie Mann used a variety of yarns to create this gifted Mie's Jacket. The main colour is two strands of Cascade Yarns Sorata held with one strand of Meaford Wool Shetland Lace. She used Lichen and Lace Sock Mini's for the contrasting stripes. The pattern is from Classic Knits by Marianne Isager.
Left: It's not often we get to see crochet socks, and this pair is delightful. Claire Gagnon crocheted these using Lichen and Lace Matte Sock. The pattern is Speirà by Quebec designer Melie. Her knit and crochet patterns are available at

Right: Peggy Call dug deep into her stash to create this colourful Illuminate pullover. The main colour is BC Garn BIO Shetland in Walnut, a sport-weight organic wool. The contrasting colour is various mohair yarns double-stranded. It's a classic Andrea Mowry design, available at

Linda Van Aalst used an old English pattern from Emu Wools Ltd. to crochet this delightful baby’s dress. She used four balls of Sirdar Snuggly Baby Bamboo DK in the "Dinky Denim" colourway. The accent flowers were done in the "Coo" colourway. 
We love Karli Whitmore's photos of her finished work. This is the Solar Flares
shawl, by DROPS design, knit in Woolies Sock in the spring and summer colorways. 

Her notes for this project can be seen at
Bonnie Cathrae tried her hand at felting to create these Fuzzy Foot Socks, and she was very pleased with the results. She used Estelle Outback Chunky in classic HBC colours.

The pattern, by Cynthia Hyslop of River City Yarns, is available on Ravelry at:
This fall we had a very fun and engaging Knit-Along with local designer Nancy Lekx. She created The Riverside Bricks Shawl/ Scarf, which featured four different stitch patterns. Josette knit her scarf in Estelle Eco Tweed DK, a 50% Wool, 25% Alpaca, 25% Lyocell blend that is GOTS certified. The pattern can be found at


Keep an eye on our social media channels for
more details about this month's
online and in-store, January 20 and 21. 

on Instagram @riversideyarns
on Facebook at Riverside Yarns

Come ZOOM With Us
Virtual Craft Group on Zoom
We've been meeting virtually since late September, and we've already shared dozens of project ideas and viewed some serious works in progress. But that's not all we talk about!  Books, movies, weather, family, and travel plans, it's (almost) all on the table. 
Our Zoom Craft Group is free to join, and begins at 7 PM every Monday.
If you'd like to get in on the fun, please send an email to

Knitting Help on Zoom
Looking for some one-on-one help with your knitting? Josette is more than happy to arrange a Zoom meeting to look at your project and help you sort it out!
Drop her a line at
Explain as best you can what the problem is, and include photos and pattern notes. 

Our Retired Sample Sale was a great success, and we were able to donate 25% of the proceeds equally to the Women’s Centre Grey Bruce and to Safe'n Sound Grey Bruce.  Thank you for helping us support our community!
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