Friday, January 25, 2013

Giotto. Gorgeous any way you say it.

This week, we received a new shipment of one of our longest-running bestsellers at Loops.

Giotto is a ribbon yarn that is hand-dyed in colorways like no other.

(Purl was helping out with my impromptu photo shoot.)

"No, don't make me choose!" she says.

Each hank has great yardage and it knits up super quick.  Customers always say the same thing:  It's gorgeous!  How do you pronounce it?  And what can I make with it?

The company that sells it says it's pronounced "zhatto," with a soft "j."  I call it "gee-oh-toe."  It's named for an Italian painter, so maybe our Italian friends can weigh in on the comments...

As far as what to make with it, I love anything with a dropstitch.  The easy dropstitch really shows off the hand-painted beauty of the yarn, which you can see even better when you open up the hanks.

Here's an example of a dropstitch scarf in Giotto by helenodriscoll on Ravelry:

And there is a really cute tunic pattern we can send you with purchase of the 4 or 5 skeins of Giotto you need to make it.  Modeled her by Loops Troops member Pat "Call me!" N.:

Tracy is planning a knitalong on this tunic.  For details, visit the Loopalicious ravelry page.

And just to whip everyone into a little more frenzy, let's have a little giveaway.  Leave a comment on the blog about your favorite Giotto color, and what you would make with a free skein!  We'll draw a winner this coming Thursday, Jan. 31.

To shop our Giotto selection, go here.

Happy looping!

- Shelley


Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's so hard to choose! I love Jay, it's so pretty!

January 25, 2013 at 10:05 AM  
Blogger lindag1947 said...

I love the lilac. Scarf would be nice. Linda Gerig

January 25, 2013 at 10:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw this the day they were getting ready to put it out and fell in love with the gold! PattiO

January 25, 2013 at 10:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Purl is right how would you choose just one?

January 25, 2013 at 10:09 AM  
Blogger DebGim said...

I love it all, but would probably want to make a drop stitch scarf with some fringe from either the golden shades or the pastel shades. They are all beautiful!

January 25, 2013 at 10:26 AM  
Blogger Mitzi Thomas said...

The copper color makes me giddy!

January 25, 2013 at 10:27 AM  
Anonymous Cristina Mershon said...

I would love to crochet something with it, all the stuff I see with this yarn is knitted... I have a few ideas!!! If I win the yarn I will create a free pattern for Loops, yeah!!!

Cristina Mershon
mershon at

January 25, 2013 at 10:27 AM  
Blogger DebGim said...

I love them all, but I would probably make a drop stitch scarf with some fringe out of the golden shades or the light pastel/pink. They are beautiful!

January 25, 2013 at 10:27 AM  
Blogger DebGim said...

I love them all! I would probably make a drop stitch scarf or perhaps a sweater or vest. It's so pretty! I would have a very difficult time picking a color! Probably would have to be something "springy"

January 25, 2013 at 10:30 AM  
Blogger DebGim said...

They are all so pretty! I would definitely like to make a drop stitch scarf out of it with fringe; however, a vest, or cute little sweater would be awesome as well. Would probably go with the orange, light pastel, or golden yarn.

January 25, 2013 at 10:33 AM  
Blogger Georgia Benton said...

I'm thinking long dress in any color way!! How gorgeous! Pick me!!

January 25, 2013 at 10:49 AM  
Anonymous Pat B said...

Gelatto...I love Gelatto!
I want some!

January 25, 2013 at 10:57 AM  
Blogger tresa said...

Pretty :-)

January 25, 2013 at 11:10 AM  
Blogger Prof Hart said...

My wife has been asking for a long, open cardigan. Hummmm....

January 25, 2013 at 11:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like several of the multi colored skeins. Would make a scarf for my daughters birthday.
Laurie Burton

January 25, 2013 at 11:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I LOVE the gold and red and.... you GOT IT Giotto! It's difficult to choose just one. Probably the gold. I would make the drop stitch scarf.

January 25, 2013 at 11:40 AM  
Anonymous Cindy Tracy said...

The multi colored pinks and purple catch my eye--a scarf would be lovely!

January 25, 2013 at 11:41 AM  
Blogger Rex and Debbie said...

Scarf would be so very pretty!!

January 25, 2013 at 12:01 PM  
Anonymous Anna G said...

Oh my...if i had to choose just one I think it would be Lilac and I might want to make a scarf or cowl ooo or maybe a shawl...It is so pretty!

January 25, 2013 at 12:25 PM  
Anonymous Ephanie said...

I actually started a drop stitch in another yarn I had in my stash. It wasn't turning out very well so I ripped it back out! I love the aqua colors!

January 25, 2013 at 1:10 PM  
Blogger Christina L Birch said...

Ah, the Monet makes me think of spring. I would make the Effin Scarf in it.

January 25, 2013 at 2:37 PM  
Blogger Tara said...

The yellow is pretty, and I would like to make it into a cowl. Or use it to accent a cloche.

January 25, 2013 at 3:55 PM  
Blogger Tara said...

I think I like the yellow for a springtime cowl. Or as an accent color on a cloche.

January 25, 2013 at 3:56 PM  
Blogger Kathleen said...

The blue green skein would make a lovely scarf to head into spring. As beautiful as the yarn is, my favorite picture is that last one of purl!

January 25, 2013 at 7:14 PM  
Blogger Kathleen said...

The blue green would make a lovely scarf to head into spring. As beautiful as the yarn is, my favorite picture is that last one of purl. Too cute.

January 25, 2013 at 7:16 PM  
Anonymous Connie K. said...

Monet has all the colors of my bedroom, so I would make a pretty pillow to put on my bed. This is a lovely yarn!

January 25, 2013 at 8:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am sitting on a sail boat in the Carribean off the island of Antigua and I still felt the need to check out Facebook Friday. I am working on an elfin scarf. Would love to have new yarn waiting when I return to Tulsa . Janet Guest

January 26, 2013 at 4:53 AM  
Blogger AuntSara said...

They are all beautiful. I think a spring scarf would be perfect

January 26, 2013 at 7:41 AM  
Blogger AuntSara said...

they're all beautiful. I think a spring scar would be perfect.

January 26, 2013 at 7:43 AM  
Anonymous Karen Timmerman said...

Would love to win a free alien! My imagination is going already :)

January 26, 2013 at 10:34 AM  
Blogger Chelsea @ said...

I would love to make a drop stitch scarf in the Monet colorway! Thanks for the chance :-)

January 26, 2013 at 4:46 PM  
Blogger Patricia said...

I think Jay would make an awesome scarf for me, but I also love caramel for a "something" for my girls, maybe a pillow, love them all thanks!

January 27, 2013 at 8:38 AM  
Blogger Mom said...

Giotto 76 is beautiful and I would make my Tulsa sister a scarf to go with her gorgeous read hair!

January 28, 2013 at 9:10 AM  
Blogger Mom said...

Giotto 76 is great and I would make a scarf for my Tulsa Sister!

January 28, 2013 at 9:12 AM  
Blogger bschlot said...

I would pick Giotto 148 Caramel. The last weekend of March, I have a multi event weekend in DC....National Cherry Blossom Festival, my son's wedding & Easter. This would make a perfect Effin scarf to accessorize these events.

January 28, 2013 at 12:53 PM  
Blogger Wanda said...

Hope I am not too late. The Giotto gold color is yummy. I would make a drop stitch scarf. Beautiful!

January 28, 2013 at 3:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd pick the Giotto 159 and make some kind of drop stitch cowl for my mother. She loves her reds!

January 30, 2013 at 1:17 PM  
Anonymous CherylJ said...

A gorgeous dropstitch scarf in that blue/aquamarine colorway - delish!!!

January 31, 2013 at 8:59 AM  
Blogger Shelley Brander said...

Congrats to Cindy Tracy! You are the winner of the contest! Please email and let us know if you'd like to pick up your winning skein at Utica, or at South, or if you need it mailed to you (in which case, we'll need your shipping address). Thanks to all who entered!

January 31, 2013 at 1:09 PM  

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