Newsletter August 23rd 2021

      My first trip to Owen Sound was in high school, in the winter. Cathy had invited me to join her family on a weekend jaunt to their farmhouse in the Irish Block. I remember sitting in the back seat of the station wagon, being slightly afraid of the wintry conditions. After many, many, hours we arrived at the rustic farmhouse - rustic as in ‘no indoor plumbing’! The snow was piled up, and we had to cart things up the lane on sleds. It was all so adventurous, and a world away from my farm life in Kent County.

I returned sporadically in the following years, first with a husband, then with children, and it was always an adventure. Things changed in early 2019, when Cathy mentioned that her LYS was for sale. Since that conversation, until November 2020, I travelled the 325K to Riverside Yarns at least 20 times.  Each trip up continued to be an adventure. Most times I brought my bike, and I always packed my running shoes. I came upon delightful bakeries, yummy honey producers and a few good brews. And I spent many hours at the store, learning about knitting and meeting our wonderful customers. 

This past fall my excursions to Owen Sound and beyond were curtailed by my mother’s health crisis, and the continued COVID-19 restrictions. Oddly enough, in staying home I was able to connect in a real way to the knitting and crafting community that supports Riverside Yarns. 

At the outset of COVID, we logged onto Zoom and set up virtual groups. We put together several KALs, and offered knitting help, all virtually. Customers sent us photos of their finished projects, and we posted what we were doing in the store on Instagram and Facebook. Fortunately, I was able to contribute to all this activity from a distance, and stay connected with Riverside Yarns in a meaningful way.

This fall we will continue our virtual connections, and although we dearly miss having crafters in the store, meeting virtually has had its positive points. 

When knit groups met in the store prior to the lockdowns, Cathy and I could never join in because we were busy running the store. Now, meeting virtually from the comfort of our homes, we’ve been able to be part of a dynamic and engaging crafting group. 

We do hope you’ll join us for our fall 2021 activities. The beauty of Zoom is you never run out of space, and you can join from anywhere, even 325K away! I can't wait to see what you've all been up to.

Josette dB

Introducing our Fall Make-Alongs

First up: The Riverside Bricks Shawl/ Scarf, designed by Nancy Lekx.

We are so happy to once again collaborate with local knit designer Nancy Lekx, who has created two options for this KAL. Each project features four different stitch patterns, so swatching will be necessary!

This KAL is a great opportunity to learn new techniques and get handy tips from the designer. The scarf is designed for new knitters, while the shawl is a more advanced project. 

The project is knit up in Estelle Eco Tweed DK, a 50% Wool, 25% Alpaca, 25% Lyocell blend that is GOTS certified. It's soft yet rustic, and we have it in stock in 12 colours. 
Riverside Bricks Scarf (photo by Nancy Lekx)
See Estelle Eco Tweed DK here

For those taking part in the KAL, we are offering the pattern for free with your purchase of yarn from Riverside Yarns. If you prefer to use yarn you already have, Nancy will be offering the pattern for 1/2 price from her Ravelry store until the end of the day on September 16.

To see the pattern, please visit:

To see the KAL syllabus, please visit:
The Syllabus is at the end of the feed.
This free five-week KAL will run on Zoom on Thursday evenings, 7 - 8:30 PM, beginning Sept. 16. 
Riverside Bricks Wrap (Photo by Nancy Lekx)
To register, please send an email before Sept. 9 to
Next up: Find Your Zen Blanket by Brenda Grobler

This is the perfect project for those who are new to crochet, as well as those who want to add more stitches to their repertoire. Our Zoom sessions will be led by Shawna Katz, whose work can be seen on Facebook and Instagram at seak.creates. Project notes can be found on Ravelry at Brenda Grobler's Ravelry Store.
Our CAL will begin in late October, and more details will be available in our next newsletter.

Get ready to Zoom on Tuesday Nights!

Our Virtual Craft Group gave us hours of entertainment last winter and spring. We shared more than project ideas and works in progress -- we talked books, movies, weather, family, and yes, travel plans.
Our Tuesday Craft Nights are free to join, and will begin at 7 PM on Sept. 21

We're looking forward to reconnecting virtually with friends and meeting new ones. If you'd like to get in on the fun, please send an email to

What's new and fresh at RSY?

Evolution Sock and Colour Flow from Estelle
There is nothing subtle about this sock yarn. It's bright, it's fun and it's bound to make you happy. We have it in four self-striping shades - perfect for socks, hats, gloves, and scarves.
75% superwash merino wool, 25% nylon
Machine wash cool, tumble dry low

$16 / 400m ball
The colour fun continues with Colour Flow! This bulky-weight yarn is super soft, light, and airy because of its unique air-blown construction. Use it for accessories that play up the long colour transitions.
80% merino wool, 20% nylon
Hand wash, lay flat to dry

$10.50 / 125m ball
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 Fair Isle Worsted 
We couldn't resist the ease of this self-patterning superwash from Euro Brand Yarns.  You get a Fair Isle effect in one 225m ball. It's perfect for children's sweaters and hard-wearing accessories like mittens and hats. 
 75% superwash wool, 25% nylon 

$22.50 / 246 yd/ 225m ball 

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New from Knitting Fever
 Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool 
Elsebeth Lavold is a Swedish knitwear designer who also has her own yarn label. Silky Wool is a DK yarn spun in Italy, and the colours are carefully selected for limitless combinations. 
 45% wool, 35% silk, 20% polyamide

$12 / 192 yd/ 175m skein 
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Jody Long Glam Haze 
Made in Italy for Jody Long, Glam Haze is a light and lofty alpaca-mohair blend that is spun around a “glam” metallic core. At 3 stitches/ inch, Glam Haze is a breeze to knit with and will create glamorous garments and accessories. Everyone needs a little bling!
53% superfine alpaca, 22% mohair, 14% polyester, 11% metallic 
10 colours

$20 / 50g/109yd ball

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Also from Jody Long coming this fall

Andeamo from Jody Long! Spun in Peru, this super-bulky 85% wool/ 15% alpaca blend is the yarn we’ve all been waiting for. It's a lightly spun two-ply that's a dream to knit with, and it will fly off your needles. 

85% wool, 15% alpaca 
200g/ 175 yard skein

Malabrigo Rio and Rasta 
We've just received some gorgeous new colours of Rios, one of our favourite worsted-weight yarns. It's a classic, perfect for accessories and garments!
100% superwash merino wool
Machine wash gentle cycle, cold water, do not tumble

$23 / 192m skein
If you're looking for a super-bulky single-ply, Rasta fits the bill. This yarn is slightly felted, with a light twist that gives it great stitch definition. This is the yarn you need for quick hats and cosy cowls. 
100% merino wool
Hand wash in cold water

$32/ 82m skein
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Kid Seta Mohair
New from Pro Lana, Kid Seta is a luxurious blend of very fine Super-Kid Mohair and Silk. You can use it on its own for lightweight garments and accessories, or knit it with another yarn for thick, warm sweaters. We have it in 16 colours, so you're bound to find one you'll like. 
70% super-kid mohair, 30% silk
Hand wash cool, lay flat to dry

$15/ 210m ball  

Buy Now

Briggs and Little 
New! Hand Painted Soft-Spun!
This light worsted-weight yarn is a collaboration with Halifax-based Fleece Artist, and comes in five bold and beautiful shades. 
100% 2-ply wool

$18/ 219m skein

We've been stocking Heritage for some time, but never these colours! If someone's looking for a bright and warm toque, we've got you covered. 
100% 2-ply wool

$6.90/  196m skein

Durasport for durable socks!
This is no-fuss sock yarn at a great price, with four classic colours to choose from. 
80% wool, 20% nylon

$6.90 / 393m skein
The options for colourwork are endless with B&L Sport. We have it in 10 shades, with a great mix of heathered, neutral and bold colours.
100% wool

$6.90 / 393m skein
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Finished Object Gallery
Top: Karli Whitmore's 'Meaford Royale' sweater, based on the "Stopover" sweater by Mary Jane Mucklestone. Karli used Meaford Wool 2-Ply for the main colour and Briggs & Little Heritage for the contrasting yoke colours. 

Right: Karli's Winter White sweater in Meaford Wool 2-Ply Natural. The pattern is 219-11 Winter City by DROPS design. 

Her project notes are at:
Left: Suze Laporte’s Mix and Match Socks are a fun way to use up leftover yarn. She used different sock yarns, in patterns and solids, to create these lovely socks. 

Right: Maggie Mann's Butterfly Shawl, in Urth Uneek Fingering. Maggie's projects can be found at and on Instagram
Left: Cathie Dowell knit up this lovely Juliet Shawl in Universal Yarns' Allegro. Cathie has made this shawl many times, using fingering wool, a blend of silk and cotton fingering, and acrylic sock yarn. She says it’s a beautiful knit and you can make it as big as the amount of yarn you have.
Right: Vera Gascon created this easy-wearing tee using the "Pattern Generator" program at She first knit a swatch using fingering-weight yarn, then input her stitch count into the pattern generator program. She indicated certain design features that she wanted in the tee, and the generator supplied pattern ideas. Vera said the process took some time, but the end result was worth it. 

Some of us saw the beginnings of this blanket during our Tuesday evening Zoom knits earlier this spring. Kim Allerton used three balls of Sirdar Jewelspun to knit up this fun Magic Tiles blanket. She edged it with Alabama by Katia in mint green.

Marsha Wipp adapted the Sunny Baby Blanket pattern to make a larger throw for her couch. She knit this up with King Cole Fashion Aran, a 30% wool & 70% acrylic blend that's easy to care for. 

Sandra Kilby needed something to keep her warm in her air-conditioned office. So she whipped up this Blake Shawl in Estelle Alpaca Merino Fine. You can see more of her projects on Instagram @kilbyknits.
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. 

Riverside Yarns will be closed Saturday Sept. 4

Re-opening Tuesday Sept. 7 with new fall hours:

11 AM to 5 PM Tuesday to Friday
10 AM to 4 PM Saturday

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