Newsletter November 21st 2020

Twinkle lights and tinsel will start popping up in our neighbourhoods and main streets in the coming days. Small towns will be redirecting their public celebrations to make them more safe, and families will be re-imagining their holiday celebrations. And everyone is thinking the same thing: How can we be together while staying apart?


Knitters and crocheters figured out early on how to stay connected while being apart. We’ve created Zoom knit nights, virtual classes, podcasts, and vlogs. We can brush up on any technique with a quick scroll through YouTube. Project support is now a quick and easy video conference. And kits for everything from a baby blanket to a chunky hat with a pom pom are a keystroke away.


If this seems a bit remote, it is! But it can also be incredibly intimate. At a recent Riverside Yarns Zoom Knit Night, we ended up talking about mystery novels. We could have been mistaken for a book club whose members just happened to knit, which is serendipitous to say the least. But we connected with one another, and that’s the point.


With a little imagination we can still, for the most part, connect with family and friends this holiday season. Many of our customers have already sent packages of hand-made woollens to family near and far, and some have told us how they’ll arrange a FaceTime opening party. The connection is in the finished project. It’s in the thought behind the pattern. It’s in the choice of yarn.


 The connection is in the stitches. 

What's new in the store?

New from BC Garn!
We've brought in their rustic yet elegant Hamelton Tweed 1. This is a classic worsted-weight tweed that's perfect for all your cool-weather knits, and we have it in eight warm and rich colours.
90% wool, 10% viscose
100m/ ball 
Needle Size/Tension: 4.5 - 5mm/ 18 sts
Lang Super Soxx Color
Don't be surprised if this becomes your go-to sock yarn. The striping is ingenious, and at 420m/ball you'll always have enough for a perfect pair every time.
75% superwash wool, 25% nylon/polyamide
420m/100g ball
Needle size/ tension: 2.5 - 3.5mm/ 30 - 32 sts

Books and Magazines
We've restocked the book shelf with a collection of favourite pattern books and magazines. We have both 'Strange Brew' and 'Great White North' by Tin Can Knits, and By Hand Serial's 'Nova Scotia,' 'Michigan's Great Lakes,' and 'British Columbia's South Coast.'  For the pompom fans we have copies of issues 32, 34, and 35.


Malabrigo is a small, family-owned yarn company in Uruguay, South America's foremost wool producer. They are known for producing incredibly soft, wonderfully colourful hand-painted yarns.

Arroyo (top) is a soft and sturdy plied sport-weight that is perfect for everyday lightweight (but warm) garments. 
100% superwash Merino wool
100g/306m skein
Needle size/ tension: 3.5 - 4mm/ 20 - 22 sts
Recommended hook size:  3.5 - 4.5 mm

Caracol (left)
Caracol is a unique construction of superwash merino wool criss-crossed with a binder thread. Caracol knits up into a cozy, fluffy fabric with a ton of texture and visual interest. 
100% Superwash Merino wool
150g/87m skein
Needle size/ tension: 9 - 15mm/ 9 sts
Recommended hook size:  10 - 15 mm

Sock (right)
Don’t be fooled by the name- while it’s certainly a treat for the feet, this delightful yarn is very well-suited for shawls and scarves!
100% Superwash Merino Wool
100g/ 402m skein
Needle size/ tension: 2.25 - 3.25mm/ 32  sts 
Recommended hook size:  2.25 - 3.5 mm
Finished Project Gallery
Top left: Marie Petch used King Cole Ultra Soft Chunky in Vanilla for this Walking Rib Muffler by Churchmouse Classics. We're impressed with the great stitch definition of the yarn. Marie has sent the scarf to her granddaughter in the UK.

Top right: Marilyn Griffith used Briggs and Little in the Oatmeal colourway for this hearty cardigan, which she designed. It's going out west to her son. 

Bottom left: Johanna Thompson styled this Granny square blanket after one that her great-grandmother crocheted three generations ago. She used primarily Briggs and Little Regal, with some yarn from her stash for extra pops of colour. 

Bottom right: Another beautiful project by Rosemary Mulligan. She used Urth Sock 2017 and Marsh Mohair Sage for her version of the Elton Sweater by Joji Locatelli.  Even the buttons are from Riverside Yarns. This is not knit up double stranded, rather the different weights create a highly textured striping. 

Karli Whitmore is known as Karliknitter on Ravelry. Right: she used Alpaca Boucle from our local producer, Woolies in the Country, for this warm and fluffy scarf. Left: a fun pair of socks using our 'Anniversary Yarn,'  Ainsley Woods fingering by shantiknits.

Mark your calendar! We're having a 


Monday, Nov. 30th

We'll be offering all our worsted-weight yarn at 20% off online only. Take advantage of a great deal and hassle-free shopping. You can opt for curb-side pick-up, and we still have our flat-rate shipping fee of $10.00 on orders under $200.

Shopping by appointment is back! 

We are offering personalized shopping by appointment on weekday mornings. This is a great option for those who would like more space when shopping. We suggest you check out our web-page to familiarize yourself with our products before you come in. To book an appointment please email
 We can only make appointments via email at this time.

Let's continue to craft our way through this, together but apart.
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