Some last minute shop samples arrived this week, beautifully highlighting what fun knitting with bulky yarn can be. A few local elves have created some wonderfully warm and woolly accessories that can be finished in an evening or two. Blue Sky has published a gratifyingly quick scarf pattern that creates a snuggly warm scarf that anyone would want to wrap themselves up in. The Trellis Scarf by Ellen Huber calls for four skeins of Blue Sky Bulky ($15.90 a skein, $64 for the project) plus the $9 pattern. Somehow the tassels make the scarf more extravagant and appealing. Don't you agree? Another fun bulky knit that calls for only a single skein is the Drop Stitch Cowl by Abi Gregorio. This FREE pattern calls for any super bulky yarn. This accommodating flexibility has inspired Ravelers to create it using all kinds of bulky yarns that we have in stock including Malabrigo Rasta, Cascade Magnum, Misti Alpaca Chunky, Blue Sky Alpaca Bulky, and the Rowan Drift that Julie used to create our shop sample. Rowan Drift is just $15 a skein. We also used it to knit up this quick snuggly hat that looks equally appealing in Cascade Magnum which is priced at $21 a skein. This is the Vermonter, another FREE pattern of Abi’s that is a breeze to knit. I finished a small kiddo sized version of the hat (using size US 10 needles instead of the US 15 the pattern calls for) in an afternoon curled up in front of the TV watching Christmas movies. Making a pompom while watching the Grinch is enough to put even Ebenezer Scrooge into a the holiday spirit. We hope that you can stop by this week; because these beautiful skeins of bulky yarns are going to disappear quickly as the need for last minute gifts bring other knitters like you into the shop to ensure that there is something hand knit under their tree.