March 03, 2020




I’ll admit to some level of relief that the #28DaysOfYourLYS Instagram challenge is complete! Posting every day can be exhausting, and there may have been a day or two when I had to double up to get back on track.

I compiled the photos I used into a video (above, or here), and you can also find them at the Yarn Folk Instagram profile. And of course, you can explore the #28daysofyourlys hashtag to see how other shops interpreted the prompts!

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…to learn (and do)

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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.

Advanced Tink

May 16, 10:00am-1:00pm | Instructor: Michele Lee Bernstein, PDXKnitterati | $40 + $3 materials fee

Join Michele and learn how to fix common mistakes in your plain and lace knitting. You’ll play with a cable, too! Class will focus on reading your knitting, unknitting stitch by stitch (tinking), adding or removing a decrease, tearing out rows at a time (frogging), and other common lace mistakes.

Prerequisites: For this intermediate class, you should know basic increases/decreases and have the ability to read and work from a simple chart.

Project Circle

March27, 5:00-7:00pm | no charge

Join us to work on your longer term projects!

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...to anticipate

(c) Neighborhood Fiber Co

(c) Neighborhood Fiber Co

I’d hoped to have the new shipment from Neighborhood Fiber Company in hand by the end of the week, but it will be delivered today. We’re replenishing Studio Sock and Studio DK, and adding Suri Loft, Neighborhood Fiber Co’s newest yarn base. It shares the fluffy appearance of original Loft, the kid mohair/silk blend, but Suri Loft is baby Suri alpaca, Merino wool, and silk. The base takes on dye in a much gentler way, so I chose a range of soft, dreamy colors, plus some neutrals. Photo above is courtesy of Neighborhood Fiber—we can’t wait to see what our batch of this hand-dyed beauty will look like!

…to inspire


I mentioned a yarn I’d purchased in hopes of bringing it into the shop, only to learn that it would not be available for at least a good while. Following that disappointment, I started to drill down on the specific characteristics I was so drawn to. One of the most critical factors was that it was a woolen spun yarn. (Mason Dixon Knitting has a nice blog post outlining some of the differences between worsted spun and woolen spun yarns.) I contacted a couple of mills that specialize in woolen spun yarns and have spent a fair chunk of my knitting time swatching up possibilities.

In addition to testing out some woolen spun wools, I’ve also been swatching a few newer yarns from current vendors. Often, what I have to play around with is a small winding, but there is usually enough to make a small knitted swatch, and sometimes a crocheted one as well.

While I haven’t made any decisions, it’s always interesting exploring new directions for product lines!

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...to stitch


Hard Cider

Hard Cider ends after a specified number of lace repeats, followed by some ribbing, but my version got some additional ribbing, as I wanted just a little more body length. For the cuffs, I did a tubular bind off, but decided to go with binding off in pattern for the bottom hem—since the sweater is knit in the round, I’d essentially be doing kitchener stitch alllll the way around, and while I don’t mind working the kitchener, I didn’t want to manage a tail that long.



It’s been a treat seeing all of the different versions of Hinterland during our Friday knitalong meetings—they are all so unique. Here’s mine, with one sleeve in progress. My plan is to knit the sleeves down to where the colorwork begins again, then switch to the stockinette body, leaving the colorwork cuffs for last. Gotta stay motivated!


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