A Great Yarn’s Great Knit-a-Thon

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The Boston Globe recently referred to Cape’s homeless as the “dark side of Cape Cod” — the place not pictured on postcards.  For the third year in a row, A Great Yarn is partnering with the Housing Assistance Corporation of Cape Cod to sponsor a Knit-a-Thon to make blankets for the Cape’s homeless.  Last year over 250 individuals participated in the Knit-a-Thon, collectively knitting 155 blankets for the homeless, and also obtaining more than $6000 in donations.  100% of the contributions collected go to help the homeless of Cape Cod.


The Knit-A-Thon will run for three months: February, March and April.   During that time we’re asking you to use up your extra yarn to knit “panels” that are one-foot wide and six-feet long using any washable worsted-weight yarn you like.  We will then sew four panels together to make a blanket.


The knitting instructions couldn’t be simpler: put 50 stitches on a size 8 needle, then use the garter stitch and keep knitting until you reach six feet.  You can also crochet the panels or use alternative knitting techniques if you like, as long as the panels are one foot wide and six feet long.

You can either send us the panels or drop them off in the shop.


If possible, we would like participants to seek sponsors who will agree to donate $1 or more for every foot you knit.  Think about it. If you knit a six-feet long panel (about the length of a simple scarf), and get 10 people to donate an average of $1 for each foot you knit, you will have raised $60. If your sponsors donate an average of $5 a foot, you will have raised $300! Just for a scarf.

Send us an email at info@agreatyarn.com, or call us at 508-348-5605, and we will be send you knitting instructions and a sponsor sign-up sheet.

You’ve always been looking for an excuse to get rid of your extra yarn. Here’s an opportunity to get some use out of that psychedelic orange yarn you bought in the nineties, and also raise some money for a worthy cause.

On May 1st we will again “yarn bomb” the shop with the blankets for everyone to see how helpful you’ve all been to the homeless.

Molly and Yarn-Bombed AGY copy 2Please help up reach our 2018 goal of 200 blankets and $7,500 to help the homeless of Cape Cod.

Winter Knitting Class Schedule – January, February, March and April


Is this the year when you take your knitting to the next level?

This winter A Great Yarn will provide four classes – one a month — that will allow “solid” knitters to take on projects they previously felt were beyond their reach.   Think of January, February, March and April as your “Winter Knitting Semester,” and that after taking all four courses you will graduate in May, ready to confidently go out into the world and tackle all those projects you’ve always shied away from.

The original sessions for our “Winter Semester” knitting classes filled up rapidly, so we’ve added additional sessions to meet the demand.   Below are the classes we’re offering this semester and the dates for each class.

Class No. 1 — “From The Provisional Cast On To The Kitchner Stitch By Way Of The Rainbow Twist Cowl”

  • First Session — January 27th (COMPLETED)
  • Second Session — February 10th (COMPLETED)

Class No. 2 – “Everything Your Always Wanted To Know About Cables (But Were Afraid To Ask)”

  • First Session — February 24th (FULL)
  • Second Session – March 10th (STILL SPACE AVAILABLE)

Class No. 3 — “Steek” And Ye Shall Find (Knitting Happiness)

  • First Session — March 24th (FULL)
  • Second Session – April 14th (STILL SPACE AVAILABLE)

Class No. 4 – “The Lightening Round: A Potpouri Of Knitting’s Most Useful Techniques

  • First Session — April 28th (FULL)
  • Second Session – May 5th (STILL SPACE AVAILABLE)

The four Winter Knitting Semester classes will be taught by Jean Williams in a “workshop-type” format on the fourth Saturday of every month.   The workshops will begin at 10:30 am and will last until 3:30. A Great Yarn will provide morning and afternoon snacks and refreshments, and workshop participants will be asked to bring a bag lunch. We are using the workshop format since we have previously found that this approach maximizes learning, builds camaraderie among the participants, and is just plain fun.

Our first “Take Your Knitting To The Next Level” class will be held on Saturday, January 27th. Tuition for each class will be $75, and will include an excellent selection of yarns for each project.

Each workshop will be limited to six participants, or a first come first served basis. If you are interested in participating in one of this winter’s technique workshops please call A Great Yarn at 508-348-5605, or send us an email at info@agreat.yarn.

Chatham Yarn – Month-by-Month


In March, 2015, A Great Yarn introduced our original Chatham Yarn. Designed in collaboration with hand dyer extraordinaire Mishellee Poulin, it embodied Chatham’s one-of-a-kind summer colors.

In December, 2015, we created Chatham Yarn – The Finest Hours, which represented our attempt to capture the roiling waters off Chatham’s coast in winter, made famous by the Coast Guard’s 1952 rescue of the crew of the Pendleton.

In August, 2016, we added Chatham Yarn – Month-by-Month to the mix. As anyone who has ever visited Chatham knows, our town is a treasure trove of iconic images, and every month we turn one of them into fabulous yarn.

For the past year, A Great Yarn has created a new Chatham Yarn every month, based on our favorite Chatham images, and recommendations from our customers.



We have provided the monthly offerings to the members of our Chatham Yarn Month-by-Month Club at a discount, together with appropriate knitting and crochet patterns, a 5”x7” photograph of the Chatham image that was the inspiration for dyeing the yarn, and a small gift to show our appreciation. We have also included free shipping. To date, we have had over 50 knitters join the Club.

Beginning in August, 2017, we will offer our third six-month installment of Chatham Yarn Month-by-Month offerings, and we will again attempt to transform Chatham’s iconic images into yarn. As before we will look to include a bit of nature (our famous beach roses or perhaps a tribute to Oyster Pond), a bit of history (The Marconi Museum or perhaps The Douglas Kiker bench in front or St. Christopher’s), and some of our favorite business establishments (Agway or perhaps Mark August).

The cost for each monthly offering (plus patterns, picture and all the trimmings) is $45 per month. If you would like to receive all six offerings, we will provide a 15% discount, and also include free shipping.  Give us a call in the shop at 508-348-5605, or send us an email at info@agreatyarn.com, if you would like to participate. And also let us know which of your favorite Chatham images you would like us transform into yarn for August’s Month-by-Month offering.

Knitter “HELP DESK”


Slide1Even the best knitters need a helpful suggestion now and then.  And all knitters have experienced the pattern with poorly written directions, or the “sweater from hell.”  The staff at A Great Yarn can help every knitter – the beginner, the intermediate and the expert – with their knitting problems, big or small.  And if we can’t help, we’ll find someone who can.



Slide1The best way to deal with your knitting problems is to visit A Great Yarn during our “HELP DESK” hours, which are Tuesday and Friday from 1:00 to 5:00 pm, and Saturday from 10:00 am until noon.





We have three expertSlide1 knitters on our staff – Jean Williams, Kathleen Read and Cecilia Salyards – who are more than happy to help with any problems you are having with your knitting.  And just remember, the first 15 minutes is always on us.






Even if you don’t want specific help, you’re still more than welcome to come in during HELP DESK hours (or any other time for that matter) and just knit with your fellow fabric artists.  Bring whatever yarn and needles you like with you and just enjoy the camaraderie.  And pick up some good ideas while you’re at it.

Become a Better Knitter: Saturday Morning Knit-arounds

Old time knit-around photo

What’s a “knit-around?”

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A “knit-around” is the knitting version of an old basketball term, called the “shoot-around.”  NBA Hall-of-Famer Bill Sharman invented the shoot-around as a way of burning off nervous energy on game days. The concept involved players practicing their shooting in an unstructured manner, with five or six players shooting at one basket, rebounding each other’s shots, providing friendly advice and joking around.

Do I really need to participate in a knit-around?

It depends. If you’re a competitive knitter, and you’re prone to experiencing anxiety and begin dropping stitches as soon as you pick up your needles before a match, then participating in a knit-around is definitely for you.

Even if you’re not a competitive knitter, a knit-around probably is a good idea, because it’s a great way to enjoy the company of your fellow knitters in an informal setting, while learning from their mistakes and successes, and sharing your own experiences.

How can I join a knit-around?

It’s a piece of cake.  Simply drop by A Great Yarn any Saturday morning between 10 am and noon. Bring your knitting, your questions and your sense of humor. You can also bring along some competitive gear if you like — tennis shoes, gym clothes, headbands – but it’s not necessary.

A Great Yarn will provide coffee and tea, and if you are so inclined you can kick in a couple of quarters to replenish the supplies. However, it’s not a requirement for participation.

Are there knit-around rules?

The goal of the knit-arounds is to help everyone become better a better knitter. So when you come, make sure to…

  • Keep it positive
  • Keep it supportive
  • Keep it focused on knitting

It’s all about sharing and learning and getting better together!

Adams Family (TV)


Joan Blondell and Mary Astor


Dione Quintuplets knitting