January 28, 2020


During November’s trip to NYC, I chose Brooklyn as one of my marathon-watching outposts specifically so that I could visit my friend Rachel at Woolyn. In 2018, she spearheaded the #28DaysOfYourLYS Instagram challenge, which saw even wider participation in 2019.

This year, it’s been a group project to come up with the daily prompts and fine tune them, but Yarn Folk will participate again—with posts on both Instagram and Facebook. Look for the hashtag beginning February 1st!

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…to learn (and do)




Selfish Stitching

Saturdays in January 10:00am-2:00pm | no charge

Whether or not you shared your enthusiasm for knit or crochet in the form of gifts this season, join us for drop in sessions to work on a project just for you. Cast on something new, finish something old, the choice is yours!

Project Circle

January 31, 5:00-7:00pm | no charge

Join us to work on your longer term projects!

Needle Felting Basics - Fox in a Scarf (3 spots left)

February 5, 5:00-7:00pm | Instructor: Katie Hurlburt | $20 + materials

Learn all you need to know to get started needle felting making cute mini foxes in scarves. No artistic experience necessary!!

Needle felting is the art of using a specially barbed needle to poke at raw wool fibers; binding them together and creating a solid piece of fabric or sculpture.

Katie will take you through step-by-step instruction to learn how to correctly use the tools and techniques to needle felt two adorable little foxes.

Hinterland KAL

Fridays in February & March (February 7, cast on party), 5:00-7:00pm | materials only

Knit along as we work on Jennifer Steingass’ beautiful Hinterland sweater.

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...to anticipate


Pictured: bird shawl pins hand carved in Canada by Gary Fleischauer of Nature’s Wonders, as well as two-skein project bags from Yarn Folk.

We were expecting Wool Local, one of our choices for the Hinterland KAL on Friday, but a customs delay resulted in the delivery being rescheduled for toda!.

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…to inspire

Another video to share this week, so if the clickable thumbnail doesn’t appear above, this link will take you to it! Mainer Dottie Brown turns 105 in March, and has been knitting for 100 years. As the video illustrates, the community she has built among her stitching friends has helped her to continue living independently in her home, where she hosts a regular “Sit and Knit” circle on Thursday nights.

In addition to the video, News Center Maine published an online companion story here.

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...to stitch


Across the Pond

The mosaic section of Across the Pond is complete, along with about half of the eyelet section. Once the solid color section is complete, I’ll remove the provisional cast on, and graft the two ends of the tube together using kitchener stitch. I’m using Elemental Affects Sport in Clove and Berroco Sesame in Bronze.


Hard Cider

Hard Cider is separated at the sleeves! Once all the raglan increases were complete, I separated the sleeves from the body as directed, cast on the body underarm stitches, and knit a few rounds, then returned to the sleeves. When it’s possible, I find it easier to knit the sleeves in the round when there isn’t all of the body fabric to keep out of the way. The other advantage of knitting the sleeves before the body is that the lace panels on the lower body are saved for last, and I always like having an interesting detail to work at the end of a project.

I used Suzanne Bryan’s method for avoiding holes under the arms, and it worked beautifully. I look forward to the day when I don’t have to refer to the video tutorial every time!


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