Chatham Yarn – Fall Leaf Collection

Anyone who spends any time on the Cape in September or October knows that autumn on the Cape is a glorious time of the year. The sky is a crystal blue, humidity drops to next to nothing, and the leaves turn to colors that make you think all the trees were decorated with gold nuggets and rubies. To make the season last longer, we’ve asked our favorite hand-dyer Shellee from HauteKnit to work her magic and provide us with a “Fall Leaf Collection.”

The colors are every bit as exquisite as the “Sea Glass Collection” that Shellee created for us back in June. She also gave the collection names that will evoke everyone’s best memories of walking in the woods with leaves gently drifting to the ground: red maple, horse chestnut, ash, sweetgum, white oak and ash.

New from Baah Yarns – Dipped and Dappled

Baah’s Mira Cole has always been known imparting her elegant La Jolla yarns with some of the best jewel-tones ever seen.

Now she has added her “dipped and dappled” colors to La Jolla, and the results are spectacular.  With names like “Wild Blue Yonder,” “Grapefruit Sangria” and “Violet Martini,” you know that every skein is bursting with color.



Even better, Mira has come up with a unique pattern to show of her amazing color schemes. Called “Diamond in the Rough Scarf,” the pattern takes advantage of Mira’s color-waved to create a repeating pattern of solid and semi-solid diamonds that is simple to knit up and is guaranteed to garner compliments whenever you put it on.   How cool is the pattern?  Since Susan Bartels knitted the scarf up for us in the shop, and we’ve already had to go back to Mira for three more orders of “Dipped and Dappled.”

Customized Buttons from Katrinkles

Our good friend Katy – founder of Katrinkes in nearby Rhode Island – has been supplying A Great Yarn with an assortment of “stitch-able” buttons and wooden knitting tools since the beginning of the year. And every month she seems to come up with something new.

This month it’s customized buttons. Now you can personalize the garments you’re planning to give as gifts by adding your name to one of Katy’s stitch-able “Knitted with Love by _____” buttons.

They’re a great addition to any garment, even if your name is not Morticia, and you’re not knitting something for the newest member of the Adams Family.

The buttons come in either ¾” or 1” diameters.

Chatham Yarn Sea Glass Collection

We are excited about our newest offering: our Chatham Yarn Sea Glass Collection. Working again with our favorite hand-dyer — Shellee Poullin at HauteKnit — we have created sock weight yarns that a vision to look at, a dream to knit with, and a near-perfect match for the various colors of sea glass. It takes decades for the ocean to turn a perfume bottle or vase lost overboard into a bit of precious sea glass.  A Great Yarn can recreate the experience in a matter of hours with a scarf, a shawl or a cowl knitted using yarns from our “Sea Glass Collection.”


Urth Yarn’s Uneek Sock Kits

A Great Yarn has added Urth Yarn’s Uneek Matching Sock Kits to our already extensive selection of Urth products.  Urth’s Sock Kits make a pair of self-striping socks that match perfectly.  The yarn is an extra-fine superwash merino (fingering weight), that is hand-dyed in vivid, striking colors.  The kits contain two pre-wound cakes, each of which is 220 yards (50 grams).

The kits are available in ten amazing colorways, and also come with a free pattern for knitting up the socks.

Urth Yarns, in partnership with Trees for the Future, will also plant a tree for each hank of yarn produced.

Edward’s Menagerie Crochet Kits

A Great Yarn has partnered with TOFT UK, which provides crochet kits based on the number one best-selling crochet book, “Edward’s Menagerie,” by Kerry Lord.  TOFT’s Edward’s Menagerie Collection is unbelievably adorable.  These amigurumi animal designs are crocheted using TOFT’s DK yarn and make perfect gifts for children and adults alike. WARNING: they are addictive!

Each kit contains 100% British wool yarn, along with everything you need to complete your project — a printed postcard pattern, stuffing for the finished animal, a TOFT branded 3mm crochet hook, a wool needle for sewing up and a short black thread to sew on the eyes.  Most of the animals in the collection measure approximately 7″ tall when seated.

We recently tripled the number of different kits we now carry. In addition to knits for crocheting Lisa the Black-Nosed Sheep, Hank the Dorset Down Sheep and Cedric the Crab, we have added kits for another dozen of Kerry’s adorable creations, including Caitlin the Giraffe, Alice the Zebra, Lauren the Angora Bunny and Chablis the Unicorn.

Chatham Herringbone Stranded Cowl – from Koigu

Our good friends at Koigu have just come out with their newest creation — the herringbone stranded cowl – which they introduced at the recent VOGUE KNITTING in New York City.  And it is breathtaking. The cowl is made from a “pencil box” kit containing 10 Koigu mini-skeins. Unfortunately for us, the kit Koigu designed doesn’t much reflect Chatham’s unique colors. No problem. When we met with Koigu in New York we commissioned them to develop a “Chatham gradient” for us, so we could offer kits for making cowls more in keeping with our distinctive colors.

Slide1And just look at what they came up with: a pencil box containing mini-skeins that come as close as you can get to waves breaking off Lighthouse Beach, and sending shimmering fingers of water as far as they can reach up onto the sand.

Even better, there is enough yarn in the pencil box to make two Chatham Herringbone Stranded Cowls, and still have roughly 80 grams left to make something else Chatham-esque.


We commissioned two of our great consultant knitters – Jane Barter and Jean Williams – to each make a Chatham Herringbone Stranded Cowl.  They are close enough to be considered “twins.”

Jane came up with a “sandy” version.







Jean made a “watery” version.







Given their similarity, we decided to display them on another pair of “kinda twins,” namely Cathy and Patty Lane, from “The Patty Duke Show.”  Enjoy the pictures of Jane and Jean’s cowls, NS the “Cathy and Patty” display.


I’ll Have What She’s Wearing

Slide1Who knew that Ingrid Bergman wouldn’t go anywhere without her Phoebe shawl, made with Mrs. Crosby and Madelinetosh. When Director Michael Curtiz tried to pull it off of her to shoot the final scene for Casablanca, Ingrid said the following: “If I don’t wear my Phoebe shawl I’ll regret it. Maybe not today. Maybe not tomorrow, but soon and for the rest of my life.

Slide1Or that Grace Kelly had a thing for Blue Heron yarn.  Her original line from Rear Window was “A woman never goes anywhere but the hospital without packing make-up, jewelry and something she knitted with Cotton and Rayon Twist Lace.”

Those are just two of the amazing links between Hollywood and knitting you’ll learn when you stop by and check out A Great Yarn’s new celebrity garment displays.

Want more?

Slide1Julia Roberts: “I knit with so much Twig her middle name should be Shibui.”





Slide1Katherine Hepburn: “The only thing I prefer to my trademark turtleneck sweater is a cowl made from Biltmore Alpaca and This Fancy Yarn.”


Slide1Scarlett Johansson: “I’ve knitted seven Sundry shawls for each day of the week, all using Artyarns.”




Slide1Audrey Hepburn: “I never made a movie with wearing something made with Baah. Next time you watch Charade check out the hat I knitted for the ski lodge scene.”


Slide1Meryl Streep: “Mama Mia, I should get another Oscar for the shawl I knitted with my Freia Shawl Ball!”

Local Cape Cod Wool from the Biltmore Wool Barn

A Great Yarn is pleased to announce that we have partnered with local Cape Cod farmer Kathleen Mealy and her Biltmore Wool Barn.

Mary and the Biltmore Crew

Kathleen and her family live in nearby Brewster and raise alpacas, including Elvis, Tess, Q-Tip, Rosie, Jackson, Prince, Rudy and Cowboy (who is also know as “Phantom.”) Together they are responsible for some of the finest all natural and un-dyed alpaca wool that can be found anywhere.

Two white alpacas in medium shot

Kathleen’s alpaca wool is available in four natural shades: white, light gray, dark gray, and a blend of brown and gray.  Each skein is 300 yards, and retails for a very reasonable $24.

Stop by and see Kathleen’s terrific alpaca wool.  And don’t forget to check the pictures of Elvis, Tess, Q-Tip and the rest of the crew.White alpaca in full-frontal head shot