February 02, 2021

#28DaysOfYourLYS Yarn Folk


It's February , and yesterday marked the beginning of 2021's #28DaysOfYourLYS challenge! Every day (🤞) we'll be posting to Instagram and Facebook using the daily prompts as jumping off points.

I have shop owner friends who are so organized and have their posts planned well in advance--and I envy them!--but over the past couple of years, I've found that what works best for me is to brainstorm every day on the fly. Follow or search for the hashtag, and let's have some Local Yarn Shop fun!  

Current open hours are Monday - Friday, 7am-3:30pm, and Saturdays, 9am-3pm. In-store shopping: mask covering nose and mouth required for the duration of your visit. We continue to be mindful about making it possible to maintain social distancing in the shop.

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…to learn (and do)


Social Stitching via Zoom 

Thursday, February 4, 4:00-6:00pm Bring your project and chat awhile.

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/981942707?pwd=TExyQlRPWnB3OW40QkFZRCs5aVRtQT09 OR open Zoom and enter 981-942-707 for the meeting ID


Reminder: we've consolidated to just one Zoom event for now, but if you'd like to share project photos, chat, or share KAL progress, we'd love for you to create an account at yarnfolk.com and participate in the community we're building there. No intent to be yet another social network, but it's an option for sharing that doesn't depend on any outside platform. You can find it here.

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...to anticipate



One of the misconceptions I face on a regular basis is that a Local Yarn Shop only carries "expensive" yarn. One of my core values is to provide good quality options at a variety of price points, and that has been the case since day one. 

Best selling budget-friendly option? Plymouth Encore. 75% Acrylic, 25% wool. Yarn Folk has 50+ colors of the worsted and 20-30 of the super bulky in stock at any given time, and at $6.50/skein, it's an affordable option for many types of projects--throws, kid clothing, easy care accessories, and more. It's a bit more expensive than yarns stocked in the big box department and craft stores, but its quality backs up the differential. 

Value for price is an important criteria for me at any price point, and I'm always happy to talk about why a yarn is priced as it is. There are a lot of  options, and there's a way to create a beautiful project whether your budget is modest or whether you're in the mood to treat yourself!

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…to inspire

A new-to-me method of changing colors--especially for striped projects-- is the Clasped Weft Join. If your color changes are happening in the same spot, you'll still need to take action to prevent a visible "jog" in the stripes, but the Clasped Weft Join is secure, and eliminates the need to weave in ends. 

Designer Louise Tilbrook is the biggest proponent of the technique, and shares her enthusiasm in this blog post, and her YouTube video demonstrating the technique is here

(For jogless stripes, see Andrea Mowry's suggested method here, or for an alternate method of both weaving in as you go and making jogless stripes, check out Marceline Smith's video on her heyBrownBerry YouTube channel.)

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...to stitch


Valkyrie Hat


My son's partner Autumn is exceedingly knitworthy, and she has a February birthday! Cue a colorful brioche hat. The pattern is the Valkyrie Hat, and it calls for two contrasting skeins of Malabrigo Rios. (I'm using Cirrus Grey with a leftover superwash worsted.) The pattern is thoughtfully written, but I've had the opportunity to use Naama's brioche fix tutorial--which worked and also made me feel clever.

STRIPES! has proceeded through its first trip through the stripe sequence! Having divided for the sleeves, I'm now knitting the body and both sleeves in each color as it presents. The ChiaoGoo Shorties are pretty great for this, since there are 2" and 3" tips for each size in the sets, so I can make something close to a 12" needle for each sleeve. The color sequence in Woolstok is: Midnight Sea, Golden Meadow, Pressed Grapes, Dark Chocolate, Red Rocks, October Sky, Quartz Crystal, Deep Velvet, and Thermal Spring. 

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