A Bow in the Sky: Local Yarn Store Day!

The second annual TNNA Local Yarn Store Day is coming up on April 27th, and we’re really excited to share a new design, available exclusively at your Local Yarn Shop—A Bow in the Sky by Courtney Kelley!

What is a rainbow? Have you ever thought to ask? The human ability to see the world around us, create meaning, and use math and science to deepen our understanding of the world in which we live is…well, just so human! We just love to try to figure things out, don’t we?

Let it be known right now that I am not, nor have I ever been, a mathematically inclined person. I flunked out of every math class I ever took from pre-algebra onwards, and spent my high school years sleeping through remedial math classes where my greatest accomplishment was understanding how to balance a checkbook. While I was working on this shawl - in an unrelated event - I geeked out with my kids a bit about rainbows. One of them is little enough that things like the moon and rainbows are just incredibly magical. One of them is at the age when they ask things like, “What is a rainbow, like, actually?” And so, the Google machine took us on a wild rainbow-filled ride. I found an amazing article by Ali Kayaspor, who also writes for However, Mathematics, called The Beautiful Mathematics Behind a Rainbow. As I was reading, I kept thinking about the shawl, and the mathematical nature of…well, everything! It frustrates me now that my grasp of mathematical concepts is so tenuous. Luckily, as an adult I have been the recipient of lots of totally sensible mathematical knowledge from friends who paid much more attention in class than I did.

Back in the early aughts, my bestie, roommate, and coworker at our Philly LYS, Grace Anna Farrow and I designed a seemingly simple shawl using Schaefer Yarns Anne. We were familiar with Elizabeth Zimmerman’s Pi Shawl, and wanted to create a half-circle version. It took us a few tries to get it just right, but we nailed it. I’m older now, I have a better grasp on math, and dare I even say that I enjoy it? For this year’s LYS Day Shawl I have revisited our old pal, the half pi shawl, and added some mathematically inspired stripe sequences, a squishy slip stitch pattern, and a simple and stretchy edging! This shawl uses the new Kelbourne Woolens yarn, Perennial - an homage to the original Anne used in the old school version of the half pi shawl.

A Bow in the Sky Shawl by Courtney Kelley

LYS Day Kits

A Bow in the Sky features our new yarn, Perennial. The pattern, and accompanying kits, will be available exclusively through Local Yarn Stores. If you are lucky enough to have a shop in your town, please go visit them on April 27th to show your appreciation for the hard work they do by purchasing a kit. LYS Day Kits for A Bow in the Sky includes:

  • One skein of Perennial

  • Two 10g gram mini skeins of 4 contrast colors

  • Two 10g mini skeins of the main color

  • A KW project bag

There are four colorways available:

614 Knit Studio
4400 Indianola Ave
Columbus, OH 43214
(614) 670-5629

Around the Table Yarns
20085 Chagrin Blvd
Shaker Heights, OH 44122
(216) 230-9224

Bonnie's Spinning Wheel
16 21st Ave. S
Saint Cloud, MN 56301
(320) 253-2426

Cast Away
100 4th Street
Santa Rosa, CA 95401
(707) 546-9276

The Cat and Crow
205 E. Main St.
Mt. Horeb, WI 53572
(608) 437-1771

Center of the Yarniverse
109 England St
Ashland, VA 23005
(804) 362-7800

Colorful Yarns
2001 E. Easter Ave.
Centennial, CO 80122-1660
(303) 798-2299

Dances with Wool
1229 Sycamore Square
Midlothian, VA 23113
(804) 594-5849

Ewe and Me
36 N Beaver Street
York, PA 17401
(717) 848-9276

Ewe Count
819 Randall Ave
Cheyenne, WY 82001
(307) 638-1148

Fancy Tiger Crafts
59 Broadway
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 733-3855

The Fiber Gallery
8212 Greenwood Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103-5036
(206) 706-4197

Fingerplay Studio
901 Front Street
Suite 110
Louisville, CO 80027
(303) 604-4374

GarenHuis Yarn Studio
27 W. 9th Street
Ste. 110
Holland, MI 49423
(616) 294-3492

Gather Here
1343 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02139
(781) 775-9504

Gosh Yarn It
303 Market Street
Kingston, PA 18704
(570) 287-9999

Just Yarnin’
446 Hwy 70E Street
Germain, WI 54558
(715) 479-9276


Yarn It!
513 Division St
Unit 3B
Cobourg, ON K9A 5G6
(289) 252-1200

Art of Yarn
3003 Pandosy St.
Kelowna, BC V1Y 1W3
(250) 717-3247

Kid Ewe Knot
429 Washington Ave
Bridgeville, PA 15017
(412) 257-2557

Knit and Bolt
2833 Johnson St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418
(612) 788-1180

Knit Unto Others
323 Main Street
Arkadelphia, AR 71923
(870) 245-2552

The Knitting Patch
1425 W State Rd 434
Longwood, FL 32750
(407) 331-5648

Knitting Off Broadway
1309 Broadway
Fort Wayne, IN 46802
(260) 422-9276

5204 Kingston Pike #1
Knoxville, TN 37919
(865) 584-9772

Knoddy Knitters
6410 Asheville Hwy
Knoxville, TN 37924
(865) 240-3580

Northfield Yarn
314 Division Street S.
Northfield, MN 55057
(507) 645-1330

225 Rosemont Garden
Lexington, KY 40503
(859) 389-9750

22 Main Street
Sayville, NY 11782
(631) 750-1790

Starlight Knitting Society
7028 SE 52nd Ave
Portland, OR 97206

String Theory Yarn Co.
477 North Main
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
(630) 469-6085

String Theory Yarn Shop
829 State Street
Ste 2003
Lemoyne, PA 17043
(717) 557-7754

The Tinsmith's Wife
405 7th Street
Comfort, TX 78013
(830) 995-5539

90 High Street
Mt. Holly, NJ 08060
(609) 914-0003

Yarn Bar
1940 Grand Ave
Billings, MT 59102
(406) 794-2234

Yarn It and Haberdashery
1093 W. 1st Ave
Grandview Heights, OH 43212
(614) 736-6464

Yarn Nook
1120 B Coolidge Blvd
Lafayette, LA 70503
(337) 593-8558

147 Valley Road
Montclair, NJ 07042
(973) 572-9276

65 E 3rd St
Winona, MN 55987
(507) 474-9444

The Perennial Collection: Revisiting Old Friends

What’s old is new again.

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In our post introducing Perennial, Courtney wrote about how Perennial was inspired by an old favorite and long discontinued yarn—Schaefer Yarns, Anne. In that same vein, we decided to approached our design collection for Perennial with remaking, rejuvenating, and refreshing in mind.

We took a stroll through our pattern archives unearthing our most-loved and timeless designs. Naturally, several of those designs were sweet baby garments, which have received lots of love over the years on Ravelry and on the babies that have come into our lives since their original premiere.

Courtney’s baby daughter, Gilda, made her modeling debut surrounded by colorful paper flowers, pillows, and blankets. She charmed us and occasionally cried while we all acted like a bunch of muppets behind the camera to make her laugh.

What we love the most about the updated versions of these designs is they are all machine washable! Not a droplet of sweat issued from any of our brows at the thought of a bit of spit up or baby food hitting the sample during the photoshoot. Perennial is baby proof!

Despite Gilda stealing the spotlight, the grownup Perennial revamps deserve almost as much love. Our inspiration for this collection is very obvious—flowers. 🌸 After a very successful trip to the flower shop and much bouquet arranging later we had a colorful explosion of perennial flowers to complement the fun, spring appropriate designs we refreshed.

We are particularly fond of Yangtze—it’s the perfect black cardigan that everyone should have in their wardrobe. It’s office appropriate, warm enough, but just the right light layer that you’ll reach for over and over again.

Courtney loves it so much she is threatening to make another one in Caribbean or Neon Coral.

We hope you love this updated collection as much as we do. We put together a lookbook for you to enjoy the collection and view all the details for each design.

All the patterns are available for individual download via Ravelry.

A Moment to Reflect…

While we are pleased to announce this collection on the first day of Spring here in the Northern Hemisphere, like many of you, our hearts have been heavy with grief for our Muslim brothers and sisters in New Zealand following the terrorist attacks on two mosques in Christchurch during Friday prayers last week. The global outpouring of support for the Muslim community in New Zealand has been inspiring, as has the response from the Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern.

We want to recognize this tragedy and respond through our platforms. If you choose to make a purchase of one of our Perennial Collection patterns from now until the end of day Friday, March 22nd (12am EST), 100% of the proceeds will go to CAIR-PA. CAIR and CAIR-CAN is the Council on American-Islamic Relations, based in Washington, DC with offices all over the US and Canada. You can read their ten core principles here, and see if you have a local office here. We have chosen to donate specifically to CAIR-PA to support our city’s large Muslim population, as well as show our support for their Anti-Bullying Workshops and the Muslim Youth Leadership Program. CAIR and CAIR-PA are approved by the Charities Review Council and has received a Gold Seal of Transparency from GuideStar.

We are honored to do what little we can to help alleviate the suffering of others. We hope you will join us in making a donation either to CAIR through a pattern purchase, or to an organization of your choice.

البشر جمیعًا تجمعهم أخوَّة الخلق

All human beings are united in the brotherhood of creation.

View and download the Perennial Collection lookbook here.