Newsletter June 23rd 2023

Earlier this month we were honoured to receive a Service Excellence Award from the Owen Sound and District Chamber of Commerce. This was gratifying and exciting for Josette and me.  We were thrilled to be part of this impressive group of local businesses and non-profit organizations being recognized for their work in our community. And we were beyond grateful to our wonderful customers and staff for making Riverside Yarns such a happy place for all of us. 


On a sadder note, Josette has decided to step away from Riverside Yarns.  As many of you know, we bought the store in July, 2019.  It was a mad move, really… I was still teaching full time and had no plans to retire soon. Josette lived several hours away and ran a brewery and restaurant with her husband Frank and their partners.  It made no sense.  But we did it anyway and those first months at Riverside Yarns were glorious.  We learned and we worked and we had so much fun getting to know our customers and our yarns.  


We all know what came next.  After only seven months in business, the pandemic slammed us all, making travel and collaboration difficult at best, and often impossible.  Our families needed us in new ways and everything changed.  With your support, the support of my husband Yves, and the support of  Shawna Katz and Joan Spence, we weathered the storm.  


The weekend of the awards dinner, Josette and Frank joined us in Owen Sound.  Josette worked on the window display, and we co-hosted a lovely World Wide Knit in Public Day on the patio at GBArts.  It was a weekend that both Josette and I will always remember.  It was everything we had hoped for when we bought the store in 2019 – community, making, fun, yarn, happiness. 


Josette leaves Riverside Yarns knowing and caring for the community she helped foster and grow, and we will miss her.  We don’t quite know what the future holds, but Yves, Joan, Dani and I wish Josette the very best in her new projects and ventures.  I am sad to lose my partner, but my friend and I will continue to talk yarn, knitting, compare patterns, and generally giggle our way out of trouble every time.



To the many friends I have made at Riverside Yarns,

Thank you all for your warmth, your unwavering support, and your keen interest in what Cathy and I were doing at Riverside Yarns. It was a truly collaborative effort, with its fair share of laughter and hugs. I have a deep fondness for your community, and the gorgeous countryside.  I continue to be inspired by your creativity, your curiosity, and your openness to share and learn from each other. My time in Grey-Bruce was always enjoyable.
Until we meet again, all the best.



Now's the time to stock up on sock yarn!
Check out this new-to-us sock yarn: Sockina Nostalgie from Schoeller. This 4-ply is a slightly-heathered 75%wool, 25% poly mix, and comes in seven self-striping colours. Each 100g/420m ball sells for $17.50. If you're looking for popping colour, we also have six shades of the Austermann Step 4 Rio. Another 4-ply, it's spun with aloe vera and jojoba oil for a soft & smooth touch. 
We've also restocked our Lichen and Lace 80/20 sock, and the ever-popular Opal Hundertwasser. 
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Introducing the Lunenberg Pullover Kits from Lichen and Lace! What a great gift for the special knitter in your life (or for yourself). Each kit includes enough Rustic Heather Sport yarn to finish an adult pullover. That’s one skein each of Birch, Pollen, Shrub, and Sky, plus the amount of Coal needed for your size.  Rustic Heather Sport is a minimally-processed yarn spun in Canada’s oldest woollen mill, Briggs and Little, of York Mills, New Brunswick. It’s then hand-dyed by Megan Ingman and her team at Lichen and Lace in Sackville NB. Designer Amy Christoffers has created an ode to the sailors of Lunenberg, Nova Scotia, with this classic top-down sweater. If you've been eyeing up this project now's the time to cast on -- we have only four kits in stock.  

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Happy Canada Day!

Riverside Yarns will be closed Saturday, July 1.

We'll be back to our regular store hours on Wednesday, July 5.

Check out the deals we'll be offering during
The Owen Sound River District's 
Hottest Street Sale 

July 8th from 8 AM to 3 PM

Save 10% off everything in-store, and up to 50% off select items.
We'll also have a big selection of Baby Knit kits at great prices.

Coming soon 
We're looking forward to bringing in more baskets from Monsieur Panier. They’re project bags with a touch of whimsy. They’re catch-all’s with pizzazz. They’re inspiring yarn totes, and colourful shopping baskets. And they’re only available in-store.  This Montreal-based vendor ensures that basket production is ecological, equitable, and that all products are recyclable. You can find out more about this amazing vendor and his story at
We're also looking forward to seeing new colours in Thede from Rhichard Devrieze.  This is a great-wearing  80% superwashed merino, 20% nylon sock yarn in a 366m/400y skein.
A summer re-stock wouldn't be complete without a shipment from Malabrigo. We'll be bringing in more Rios and Baby Silkpaca Lace. Both these yarns hold their colour extremely well, and are very soft for next-to-skin wear.
Finished Project Gallery

Pamela Smith has knit up two lovely sweaters in Estelle Eco Tweed DK. On the left is the Altheda pullover by Jennifer Steingass. On the right is Mackintosh by Martin Storey.

Great yarn, great pattern. Martha Tettenborn knit up this Elisabeth Blouse in Silky Wool, a soft and light DK-weight yarn from Elsebeth Lavold. It’s a classic PetiteKnits pattern, and the colour Martha has chosen — Allium — looks great on her.

If you’re looking for a fun knit, you can’t go wrong with a design by Ankestrick and yarn from Rhichard Devrieze! Both Pat Wagter and Marie Fligg used Peppino for their latest projects.

Above:  Pat Wagter with her Berlin Beach cardigan.
Below: Marie Fligg in
 her Walk Along pullover.
Both patterns are available on Ravelry. 


Pat also finished her adaptation of the colourful Flea Sweater, using six colourways of Peppino.  The pattern, by Anna and Heidi Pickles, is available on Ravelry, and can be knit in fingering, DK and bulky-weight yarn.  Peppino is a 100% merino fingering yarn. 

Another Love Note! This may very well be the most popular Tin Can Knits project.

Cathy knit hers up with Gilbert Lane MCN in Hi, Drangea, stranded with Pro Lana Kid Seta in white.

The Pro Lana Kid Seta made it into a project by Johanna Brown. This is her adaptation of the Beloved Bonnet, another favoured Tin Can Knits design. She stranded the mohair with Estelle Superwash  Merino DK. Cute!

Joan Spence knit up this adorable sweater for her grand-daughter Evie. It’s from a French pattern called the Cardigan Jacques, and she did it in Hayfield Soft Twist. 

These socks are a family affair. Cathy’s sister-in-law, Claire Gagnon, made up both pairs of socks on an antique sock machine.  She used Illimani Sabri, in the Grey-41 colourway. 

Her aunt, Marie Donavan, knit this fun pair of socks with Song Bird Fibres’ Love Birds sock yarn, which was a special yarn that we carried last summer. This pair is called Indigo Bunting.

Sharon Hopkins created two colourful projects with Cascade Yarns. This scarf is done in Cascade Rondo, and the pattern is available for free on the Cascade website. 

She knit up this Republic of Newfoundland hat in Cascade  220 Superwash Merino.

Sock yarn isn't just for socks! Just ask Norwegian knitwear designers Arne and Carlos. Julie Demartigny used their free Ravelry pattern to knit up these fun bears in Opal Hundertwasser. They're irresistible!

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