Newsletter November 3rd 2022

Riverside Yarns instructor Joan Spence leading her 'Learn to Knit: Socks on 2 Circulars" in-store class. 

As we head straight into sweater weather and frantic Holiday crafting, we want to share some exciting happenings at Riverside Yarns, all coming to us from our wonderfully supportive crafting community. 

With the generosity of two local crafters we’ve been able to put together a free lending library. Books can be borrowed for up to one month, and magazines are available for in-store perusal. We’re calling it the ‘Gerlinda Sidla-Melanie Merswolke Lending Library.” We thank these inspiring women for their thoughtful donation, and for the support they give to their community. Thank you also to Marie Donovan for her help putting it all together. 

And yes, it’s finally happening again!  We are so thrilled to welcome knitters, crocheters, and stitchers of all kinds to our Thursday evening Sit ’n’ Stitch.  Every Thursday evening from 6pm-8pm, we sit around the table at Riverside Yarns and share tips, tricks, and a good laugh. It’s fun, it’s inspirational, and we love it.  We’re running until December 22nd, and we ask that you wear a mask and consider leaving a small donation and/or personal care product for those in need.  With your help, we'll be supporting Safe n Sound Grey Bruce ( and Welcoming Communities Grey Bruce (

And finally, our summer fundraiser in support of the Bruce Peninsula Bird Observatory ( allow us to send $108 to help preserve local birdlife. We sold 54 skeins of Songbird 80/20 Sock!  Thanks to all the sock makers out there - may the birds on your feet help you to soar.

We are fortunate to live and work with all of you.


What's new at Riverside Yarns?
If you're looking for a rustic yet elegant fingering yarn for a special shawl or accessory, check out Lazy Linen from Kremke Soul Wool. This all-natural sock yarn is a delightful wool and linen blend. It's perfectly suitable for pullovers, cardigans, and shawls. And of course, fabulous socks!
80% Wool, 20% Linen
420 m/100g skein - $30.00

Needle size: 2.0 - 3.0 mm
Gauge: 28-32 sts
Shop Lazy Linen

Introducing Highland Alpaca from Estelle 

Highland Alpaca Fine is a beautifully heathered, soft and light fingering-weight yarn. The touch of nylon makes it perfect for cozy socks, but it’s also suitable for colourwork, sweaters, and warm winter accessories.

53% mulesing-free Highland Wool, 20% superfine Alpaca, 27% recycled nylon

380m/100g skein -  $17.00
Needle size: 2.25 - 3.25mm
Gauge: 28- 32 sts


Highland Alpaca Worsted is a delightfully soft yarn that's perfect for medium-weight sweaters and colour-work. 

60% superfine Alpaca, 40% mulesing-free Highland Wool

185m/100g skein - $17.00
Needle size: 4.5 - 5 mm
Gauge: 18-20 sts


Shop Estelle Highland Alpaca

Two great new yarns from Estelle for fun winter projects

Ripple is a super-soft, super-colourful bulky yarn made from a thin outer thread wrapped around a bulky core. The possibilities are endless. 

52% Wool, 48% Acrylic

140m/200g ball - $30.00
Needle Size: 8-10mm
Gauge: 10 sts


Alpaca Whisper is an exquisite blend of Baby Alpaca, Mulberry Silk and Super-Kid Mohair. Knit with it on its own for a light and airy fabric, or strand it with another yarn. Use it in place of mohair for a soft, luxurious garment.

54% Baby Alpaca, 24% Mulberry Silk, 22% Super-kid Mohair
400m/ 50g skein -  $20.00
Needle Size: 3.5-4.5mm
Gauge: 20-24sts
Shop Ripple and Alpaca Whisper
We've added another line of 100% Wool yarn from Briggs and Little, Canada's oldest woolen mill. Atlantic is a bulky three-ply yarn that knits up into incredibly warm outdoor sweaters and coats, as well as mittens and hats.

124m/113g skein, $7.50
Needle size: 6mm
Gauge: 14 sts

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We have you covered for all your colour-work projects with Shetland-inspired yarns. 
Eco Shetland Worsted from Estelle is a warm and cozy woollen-spun yarn, made from 100% Organic Shetland Wool, GOTS certified.  

275m/ 100g skein - $14.00
Needle size: 4.5mm
Gauge: 20 sts 

10 colours

BIO Shetland from BC Garn is a beautifully soft GOTS-certified organic woolen-spun melange wool yarn. This yarn is perfect for structure knitting, lace, and fair-isle. 

280m/ 50g skein - $13.00
Needle size:
 2.5 - 4.0mm
Gauge: 24 sts
14 colours


New this fall, Shetland Lite from Queensland Collection. This loosely-spun 2-ply is perfect for traditional Fair-Isle accessories and clothing.

288m/50g skein - $12.00
Needle size: 2.25-3.25 mm
Gauge: 27- 32 sts 
Hook size: 2.25mm - 3.5mm

18 colours

Shop 'Shetland' yarns

Hand-crafted tools, notions, and baskets that are sure to spark joy.

Peter Fabricius is a Master Woodturner who hand crafts unique wood pieces from local and exotic woods in his studio in Hanover, Ontario. Check out our collection of drop spindles, darning eggs, darning mushrooms and gauges. These one-of-a-kind tools are functional as well as decorative, and will delight any spinner and lover of fibre arts.

Nature's Wonders shawl pins and buttons are handcrafted with love in Hanover, Ontario by Gary Fleischauer.  They make a lovely gift and are the perfect accessory for your handknit sweaters, shawls, or scarves. We have a limited number of his products available online.

Shop Peter Fabricius
Next time you're in the store, be sure to check out our new collection of baskets from Monsieur Panier. Each unique basket is made by hand in Madagascar from plant-based materials, with real leather straps. This Montreal-based company works with Malagache artisans to ensure that they are equitably compensated for their work, and that the production process is ecological. Prices vary, available in-store only.

Finished Project Gallery

Sanja Ivanovic had a very creative summer, knitting up three delightful light-weight tops. 
Top left - Virgil by Caitlin Hunter, knit in Sugarbush Trickle
Top right - Cristallo, designed by Knitting for Breakfast, knit in Katia Cotton Cashmere
Right - Sanja's short-sleeved version of Ilha by Orlane Sucche, knit in Allino from BC Garn.
Louise Moore knit up this darling French Macaroon in WYS Bo Peep. The yarn and pattern were from a kit we put together for our summer sale. The pattern is by The Noble Thread. 
Everyone needs some bling, and Glam Haze from Jody Long delivers just that. Josette deBrouwer knit a cropped Wish cardigan, which is a Knitting Fever pattern, and finished it with vintage buttons. 
Holiday crafting is a thing, and we're here to help you get a handle on it with three special classes
Learn to Crochet Snowflakes
with Shawna Katz

Tuesday, Nov. 29, 5:30-8:30pm

Learn to crochet snowflakes of different types and sizes. These make beautiful decorations for your home during the holiday season. 

Knit a Christmas Elf
with Dani Black

Saturday, Dec. 3, 1-4pm

Learn to knit one of Susan B. Anderson’s lovely little holiday elves. This is a great follow-up to the Knit 1 and Knit 2 classes.

Knit a Pair of Slippers
with Dani Black

Monday, Nov. 21, 5:30-8:30pm
Monday, Nov. 28, 1-4pm

Learn to knit a pair of cosy slippers using 'Cloud Slippers' by Adrienne Sullivan.


Knit a Pair of Fingerless Gloves
with Dani Black

Monday, Nov. 21, 1pm-4pm
Monday, Nov. 28, 5:30pm-8:30pm

Learn to knit a pair of fingerless gloves using the 'Maize' pattern from Tin Can Knits.

Shop Classes
Do you have questions about a current project you're working on? Is your Work in Progress stalled over an unfamiliar knitting technique? You may want to get in on our next Project Support session. These three-hour sessions are designed to provide help to knitters who have started a project but would like some guidance from an expert knitter. 
Project Support with Dani Black
Saturday, Nov. 26, 1-4 PM

Don't miss out!
Last session before the holidays!
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Want to share some knowledge, laughter,
and all around crafty fun?

Join us every Thursday evening for our in-store Sit 'n' Stitch. We welcome knitters, crocheters, and stitchers of all kinds.

6 - 8 PM every Thursday until December 22.
Masks required. 
Upcoming events

Holiday Magic
Saturday, Nov. 19th  3-9 PM

Come on down to the River District for an evening of shopping, food, and entertainment. The Kiwanis Santa Claus Parade begins at 5 p.m., followed by the 35th Anniversary kick-off of the Festival of Northern Lights. What better way to celebrate this Holiday Magic than with a store-wide sale! Keep an eye on our Facebook and Instagram pages for more details. 

Moonlight Madness
Friday, Dec. 9th 5-9 PM

Are you mad about hand-knit and hand-crocheted clothing and accessories? Then this Moonlight Madness Sale is for you. We'll be offering all our 'retired' store samples for sale during this Madcap evening -- each item is like new! More details will follow on our Facebook and Instagram pages. 
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