Are you ready? 🙌 Malabrigo KAL begins Thursday!

March 30, 2021

Are you ready?  Malabrigo KAL begins Thursday! Yarn Folk

Yarn is wound, and ready to go! I do need to investigate which of my size 6 needles are free and ready to cast on! If you're intrigued, but haven't committed, check out Malabrigo's blog posts about the Temperance Shawl here and here, and take a look at color combinations still available here.

(If you'd like to put together a combination of your own, visit Yarn Folk's page for Malabrigo Sock to view colors we have in stock.)

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…to learn (and do)

three red and orange skeins of yarn with the words "Yarn Folk talks"


Social Stitching via Zoom 

Thursday, April 1, 4:00-6:00pm 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 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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Three skeins of white cotton yarn speckled with yellow, pale blue, and teal, plus two skeins of wool yarn in dark blue and medium blue , arranged on top of a nine-color striped sweater and a baby cardigan knit with white and green speckled yarn


You can never be sure what is going to turn up in any given week until it's actually been delivered--last week, FedEx drove around with a box in the truck for days on end, before finally tendering it to me on Friday. It contained back-ordered colors of Blue Sky Fibers Woolstok and Printed Organic Cotton (which I recently featured in shop samples of STRIPES! and the Etta Cardigan (Ravelry links), respectively). As you may have heard, shipping issues have been tough recently--from the plight of the container ship blocking the Suez Canal, to a world wide shortage of containers, to port delays. We're lucky to be getting through the challenges, more or less, but waiting is frustrating!

In addition to the Blue Sky Fibers, I also photographed buttons and added them to the website last week. It's not every button that's available in the shop, but it's a good chunk of them!yarnfolk dividing line (2).png


…to inspire

view from the back of a woman wearing a gold garter stitch sweater with exposed joinery details

 © Lone Kjeldsen

If you, like me, have been a fan of Modern Daily Knitting's March Mayhem knitting bracket, you'll have noticed that the college basketball teams have been conducting their Madness without any corresponding knitting Mayhem. 

Fear not! All of the fun began yesterday, reimagined as the Pattern Party--all the knitwear design minus the constraints of the bracket system. Each day will have a theme:


Tuesday--Head, Hands, & Home

Wednesday-- Cardigans & Cowls

Thursday--Socks, Scarves, and Shawls

Friday--Field Guide Favorites (Find all of the Field Guides here.)

I'm sure that as the week goes on, I'll find all manner of captivating new favorites! As it happens, one of the pullovers that jumped out at me (Slice (Ravelry link), pictured above) was knit in Erika Knight Wild Wool, which we LOVE. If you'd like yarn suggestions for any of the featured patterns, reach out--as dreaming up yarn substitutions is high on the list of fun activities for shop owners! 

(In each of the last three years, I compiled Ravelry bundles for the competing patterns: 2018, 2019, and 2020. They may be a few years old, but there's plenty of inspiration to be had!)

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the neck and yoke of a top-down baby sweater knit with a variegated white, blue, and tan yarn. The partial ball of yarn is in the background, and the body of the sweater and the sleeves are on circular knitting needles


Flax Light

Flax Light (Ravelry link) is the finer-gauge version of Tin Can Knits' Flax (Ravelry link), and both are excellent top down sweaters, and with 30,000 Ravelry projects between them (about 10,000 for Flax Light and about 20,000 for Flax), you can be confident that these are patterns that just *work*. They are popular because they are free, but they also set the bar for #sizeinclusive patterns, with instructions for newborn through 6XL. Flax Light calls for fingering weight yarn, but looking at the recommended gauge (24sts over 4"), I decided to try it in the Knitted Wit Sport recently added to the shop. Even though I just started last Thursday, I've passed the sleeve separation (with both sleeves resting on 8-9" circulars from my ChiaoGoo Shorties kit. A nice thing about the kits (Red has sizes 0-3, Blue has 4-8) is that they contain both 2" and 3" tips in each size, meaning that you can make two short circulars from a single kit--handy when you want to knit both sleeves at the same time. 


a plain grey cardigan on a dress form, with a large crochet shawl in black, grey, and gold mohair blend yarnAdore

Is crochet faster? Maaaaybe. Toni Lipsey's Adore shawl (Ravelry link) is finished, but it's partly because I had such a nice time crocheting with Tiramisu -- I worked on the project pretty diligently. I used 219g, so about 4 1/2 balls. 

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