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The blog is back!  And just in time to report on some of the exciting things going on at Gosh Yarn It!

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  • 21-and-overs had the chance to head to the Punderdome, NYC’s monthly pun competition.  If you missed it, see above re: Punapple Express.

  • Last week was Random Acts of Kindness week, and GYI! distributed handmade flowers to brighten Columbia University’s campus.

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Did we leave anything out?  Keep checking back for more updates!

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Blog News

New series alert!  This semester, our blog will be featuring posts about the history and culture of knitting and crocheting.  From Fair Isle Sweaters to Japanese Amigurumi, yarn has a very diverse following all over the globe.  Since New York is the center of the universe, you shouldn’t have to travel to the ends of the earth to learn about them – although if anyone wants to go on a whirlwind world tour to hit up fiber capitals, that’s something we at GYI! can definitely get behind.

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We can travel by sheepback!

Speaking of activities we fully support, if any Columbia University fiber artists want to write a post to be featured on this blog, drop us a comment below or send an email to elc2149@columbia.edu.  It can be a single post, a semi-regular series, or whatever your little yarn-lovin’ heart desires!

On a related note, if you want to share any completed projects or in-progress projects, do send in pictures and pattern details along with anything you want to say about the piece.  For example:

Hi my name is Friendless Baxter, I’m working on a large knitted owl as a gift to myself, and here’s the link to the pattern: http://www.purlbee.com/2011/09/22/whits-knits-big-snowy-owl/

We’ll whip up a quick post about it, and you could be FAMOUS because of your crafting efforts!

Keep watching the blog for more posts, and happy yarning!  Stay warm out there!

Club Updates!

Hey Gosh Yarn It!  This is going to be an exciting week, so make sure to come to the meeting to get involved!

First, our winter sale is starting soon, so if you have made anything for the sale, please bring it to the meeting this Sunday or arrange to drop it off with an officer.

If you haven’t made anything for the sale, you can still buy some yarny goodies for your friends and families (or yourself).

Also, don’t deprive others of the joy of giving; share the news about the sale!  We’ll be posting more news, so keep an eye on the Facebook page for updates.

Finally, look out for the results of covert yarnbombing activities during the coming week.  They may or may not be affiliated with our covert sector, and we can neither confirm nor deny that, but we hope you enjoy it!

Gift Guide: ALL THE BOXES!

Back again with more patterns for our sale!  Today, we will examine the art of the box, the cube, the platonic form of three-dimensional squareness.  Here are some patterns for boxes of every variety, from decorative box ornaments to a functional reusable gift box.  But these are just to jog your creativity!  If you want to make a bunch of holiday-themed squares, we can easily sew them up in a meeting to create gift box decorations to sell!

Holiday Box Ornaments

This pattern requires you to create a Lion Brand account, which is free, easy, and pretty handy.  It’s a knitted pattern, worked flat, that requires increases and decreases, but it’s basically just like knitting a big T.

Crochet Gift Boxes

This gift box is for crocheters!  These boxes are lined with plastic canvas and felt, and finished off with ribbons, so let us know if you want to have another Michaels trip!

Cozy Cottage Tissue Box Cover

Cute as a button and worked flat?  Sign me up!  This knitting pattern also teaches you the brick stitch, but you could probably do it in knit or stockinette stitch as well.

TARDIS Knitting Pattern

Police boxes count too.

Gift Guides: Cozy and Warm Knitted Prezzies

Gift Guide #2!  This one’s for the knitters out there, as well as all those people who feel that everything they own deserves its own sweater.  I’ve collected a list of simple cozies for everything from coffee to nooks to make for our winter sale!

Coffee Lover’s Favourite

Cute as a button (pun!), this pattern is simple and worked flat.  Multicolored yarn and a nifty button would make this an excellent seller this coming November!

Mug Hug

This Ravelry download is super cute and relatively simple!  It would make an excellent template for more techniques and fancification, or you could keep it simple.

eBook Cover

Sized for a Nook, this pattern is super simple, worked flat and sewn up at the end.  We can even provide the needle!  It would be pretty simple to scale up or down for various tablets or phones, possibly even a laptop.

Owl Coffee Cup Cozie

This one requires cabling, knitting, purling, and working in the round.  If you’re up for a challenge or for some technique practice, this pattern is for you.  Bonus points for the whole “find the owl” Columbia theme!

Bottle Sweater

This would make an excellent gift for the of legal age friend in your life.  Or the person who really likes Ginger Beer.  Either way, it’s pretty cute, and it might be good practice if you want to make a full-sized sweater but aren’t quite ready for that kind of commitment. (For the **classy** connoisseur, check out this pattern for wine bottle hats and scarves)

Gift Guides: Fun and Quick Accessories

Hey GYI!  Our winter sale is coming up, so start those hooks and needles.  This is the first of a few pattern guides with recommendations for sale products.  Check back every so often in the next few weeks for more knitting and crocheting patterns!

A few notes:

  • Multicolored products tend to sell better than plain ones
  • In crocheting, things with holes tend to require a greater variety of stitches and aren’t as warm for winter.  However, they are quicker to make and look very fancy.
  • If you want to make any of these patterns, but are worried about not being able to read the pattern or do a certain stitch, don’t worry!  Our highly skilled crocheters can help you out at our next meeting this Sunday at 8 in Schapiro’s lobby lounge.
  • If you would like to get supplies, drop us a comment here or on Facebook so we can organize another trip to a yarn store!

Our Crocheter-in-Chief has worked up a list of relatively simple, quick crochet patterns to make for the sale.  Thanks Sam!

Simple Braided Headband

Braided pattern made up of only chains and slips stitches (the two simplest stitches!) You will need hair ties for these. If you need GYI to provide hair ties, try to let us know ahead of time. We will try to bring them to all meetings.  Also ask about making a Chain Headband at the meeting

Lacy Striped Scarf

Requires knowledge of a few stitches but a great learning opportunity! GYI! Officers can help you with this one.  Quick pattern & fairly easy!

Mesh Scarf

Chains & double crochet. Quick and simple! Replace double crochet with single crochet to make it warmer. The final product will not look quite as put together as the Lacy Striped Scarf.

Fast & Easy Cap

Labeled as a men’s cap, but could easily work for anyone.  Mostly double crochet.

Santa Hat

Slightly more complicated, but great practice for reading patterns and expanding your abilities.  GYI! points to anyone who makes this one!

Welcome Back!

Hey there, Gosh Yarn It!

It’s the start of another lovely semester, and as we’re get back into the swing of things, here’s a brief overview of some exciting upcoming plans!

  • Our Activities Board presentation for official club membership will be sometime on October 4th, so keep your fingers (and needles) crossed!
  • On October 7th, there may be a GYI! excursion, so mark your calendars and keep your eyes peeled for an email.
  • We’re also considering a Halloween movie and craft night, so feedback would be welcomed on that front.
  • There will be a holiday sale this winter, probably just after Thanksgiving.  We are looking for easy patterns with holiday themes so that everyone in the club can get involved in the fundraiser.  Once we compile a list of patterns and links, it will be posted here and announced on our Facebook group.
  • Finally, Gosh Yarn It! now has a Ravelry group.  This knitter got addicted to Ravelry this summer.  It’s an amazing site, but be warned, it can suck you in and swirl you around the online yarniverse for hours until you emerge with balls of felt in your hair and none of your homework done.  That being said, everyone should make an account and join the group!

Keep checking back here for updates, projects, and general yarn fun.