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.
#100
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

CANADA

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

Art of Yarn
3003 Pandosy St.
Kelowna, BC V1Y 1W3
Canada
(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
#101
Longwood, FL 32750
(407) 331-5648

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

Loopville
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

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

RumpelStiltskin
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

Woolbearers
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

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

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

Yarnporium 2018 (AKA Finally a Trip to The V&A!)

As long as I can remember, I have wanted to go to the Victoria and Albert Museum, specifically their Textiles Collection. I have been lucky to have traveled quite a bit in the last ten years, and spent a semester in Florence in college, but somehow London has never been on that list. That is all going to change soon, as Courtney and I are delighted to be teaching at Yarnporium this November!

When I'm not trying to keep my cool staring at all the vintage textiles at the museum, you'll find us at the show on Friday teaching two of our most beloved classes, Bohus Knitting and Roositud! In classic Kelbourne Woolens style, we take a two pronged approach to teaching the classes: we go over the history and technique of the skill, provide examples and show samples, and also have students knit a small project or sampler.

As many of the skills we teach - Bohus and Roositud included - historically are knit on very, very small needles with a specific yarn, we do stray from 'authenticity' here a bit and most of the samples are knit on sport weight yarn in order to make the process a little easier to execute for first-timers!

The Bohus Class will be held Friday, November 2nd from 9:30-12:30. Students will knit these lovely little wristwarmers in our Andorra yarn. Andorra is sport weight mohair blend reminiscent of the original laceweight 50%/50% angora wool blend in that it has a lovely halo, but it is a heavier gauge and not as fuzzy as the angora, which makes it easier to see your stitches and rip back if necessary (as can happen sometimes when learning a new technique)!

For more information on Bohus knitting, you can read Courtney's blog post on the subject here

The Roositud class will be held on Friday November 3rd from 1:30-4:30. Students will knit a different pair of wrist warmers, this time featuring the channel island cast on and bind off (a technique most commonly seen on Ganseys - so not Estonian, but really fun to execute nonetheless!) and work a simple star motif. We will go over the history, technique, and application of Roositud knitting, how to read a Roositud chart, and discuss how it fits into the colorwork spectrum of knitting. 

You can register for the classes and buy tickets to attend the event here!

SEE YOU IN LONDON!!! (If you want to find me, I'll most likely be the one who looks like this.)