May 19, 2020


In a bit of a holding pattern. Curbside pick up and online ordering will continue this week; update to the county’s variance request is scheduled for May 26. See below for a reminder of how Yarn Folk will be moving forward. Scheduling tool will be posted here and on Facebook when Kittitas County moves to Phase 2.

I found this piece on looking to hospital culture for guidance on how to reopen safely useful and inspiring.

Additionally, if you do not have a mask, they will be available here. A donation to FISH food bank is requested, but not required.

  • When Kittitas County moves to Phase Two, I will use a scheduling tool to offer 30 minute in-person appointments. There will be a maximum of two shoppers at a time in the store; friends and family will be kindly asked to remain outside. Short-notice/drop-in appointments will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis. Hours will initially remain 7 am until 3:30 pm Monday-Friday, as I am commuting with my spouse, and surrounding areas have not yet been released to non-essential travel.

  • I will be wearing a mask while customers are in the store, and I will be requiring them of shoppers.

  • Appointments will be scheduled with a buffer to allow for cleaning of high touch surfaces.

  • Soap and disposable paper towels will be available for handwashing, with hand sanitizer as an alternative.

  • If your own county is still observing an earlier phase of the reopening plan, online/telephone/mail order remains available; if you will be in Ellensburg for other essential business, curbside pick up is also an option.

  • No cash transactions; I will key in card numbers as you read them to me. Checks can be accepted.

  • Floor markings will indicate 6’ distancing at the checkout.

  • Social events will continue via Zoom.

Yarn Folk’s public health safety plan can be viewed here.

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…to learn (and do)


Social Stitching via Zoom


Wednesday, May 20, 12:00-1:00pm BREATHE & HOPE Virtual KAL OR open Zoom and enter 883-5111-1252 for the meeting ID

Thursday, May 21, 4:00-6:00pm OR open Zoom and enter 981-942-707 for the meeting ID

Friday, May 22, 12:00-1:00pm OR open Zoom and enter 741-980-568 for the meeting ID

IMPORTANT: As of April 5th, Zoom required passwords to enter meetings to prevent unauthorized guests from entering. PASSWORD FOR ALL MEETINGS IS 330044.


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In addition to adding Berroco’s Drop Ship Project of the week to (two different poncho styles in Cambria, an alpaca/linen/lyocell blend), I also made up a few more two-skein project bags.

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…to inspire


I heard about Letters Against Isolation on a podcast, and wanted to share it here. Started by sisters Shreya and Saffron Patel, Letters Against Isolation is an initiative to send handwritten notes of encouragement to seniors in assisted living facilities and care homes. Once you sign up to participate, you receive an address to mail whatever number of cards or letters you are able to send. There’s no personal information shared with the recipients—only your well wishes and encouragement.

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I did an unboxing video last week on Facebook live when I received my own drop ship order from Berroco. While I loved the Weatherman sweater in Lopi that was last week’s project of the week, I decided to choose a pattern with a more inclusive range of sizes, and Tundra fit the bill—it’s designed for women’s sizes 31”-63”, and men’s sizes 37”-65”. This sweater has a circular yoke, and is knit from the bottom up, which gives me the opportunity to really, truly, do the sleeves FIRST!



I may have experienced a bout of start-itis last week, as I also cast on for Jacqueline Cieslak’s Rift tee, in Knit One Crochet Two Daisy, a linen, silk, and hemp blend. Rift is a versatile basic design—it’s got an excellent size range (40”-72” designed for 6-12” of positive ease), the option to knit sleeves or not, and horizontal bust darts for larger cup sizes. Now that I’m past the twisted ribbing and working on size 8 needles, it should speed along quickly!

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