Be Mine: A Valentine Surprise PREORDERS

January 23, 2024

Be-Mine-A-Valentine-Surprise-PREORDERS Yarn Folk

Yes, it's a few weeks off, but since a) we have some Valentine surprises on offer (and they can't wait for the very last moment) and b) January was over-delivering on winter theatrics this last week, I'm busting out the yarn related Valentines a little early, okay??

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…mark your calendars

Social Stitching

Every Saturday, 2-4pm

A reminder--if you're feeling poorly, please join us again as soon as you're feeling better!

Make It Scandi Sweater Makealong

January 13 - February 29

Our official start date will be January 13th, and we'll continue through February. The theme for January's sweater makealong is: Scandi Design. Some suggested jumping off points include: 

  • Scandinavian designers -- Filtered Ravelry search here.
  • Pattern tagged with design elements from one of the Scandinavian countries. Filtered Ravelry search here.
  • Use a Scandinavian yarn. We have Tukuwool Fingering and Léttlopi at Yarn Folk. If you would like to use a different weight of Lopi, we can drop ship through Berroco.
  • Try a soft neutral scheme that evokes Scandinavian interior design, or other colors that are often represented: pale blue, forest green, burnt orange, dusty pink...
  • Use mohair carried along with another yarn--a technique often used by Scandinavian designers. Filtered Ravelry search here.

Make It Scandi Zooms

We will have three makealong zooms, all on Sundays from 1-2pm. (Technically, the meeting length is limited to 40 minutes; my understanding is that there's usually a bit of a grace period.)

Sundays: February 4, and February 18, 1-2pm (PLEASE NOTE DATE CORRECTIONS)

Meeting link (note: this link will be attended on the above dates only)

Password: Scandi

Holiday Hours

February 19 (Presidents Day) -- TBD

Weather Delay

In the ten years we've been open, we've had *very* few unscheduled closures. That said, our hours are sometimes affected, and here's how we try to keep you posted:
  • We update our hours in Google. Sometimes they don't approve the update as fast as we'd like, but we do make every effort to post any changes there.
  • We make social media posts on Facebook and Instagram, and share those posts to our stories. If you happen to see a post, please like or share it--it really helps to get the word out when there is more interaction.
  • If we have access to the shop phone, we update the outgoing message. 
  • Please remember that we travel from Upper County, and sometimes conditions there are very different.

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…new in the shop


We're doing something special for Valentine's Day this year!  Choose your level of extravagance--Ring Pop, Whitman's Sampler, or A Dozen Roses--and get a surprise project and extras to make your day just a little sweeter. Choose a general color range, let us know how you feel about mohair, and we'll curate a Valentine just for you. If you have other specifics we should know about, use the special instructions box at checkout or email 

Orders will be mailed or ready for pickup by February 9th. Treat yourself, or drop a hint to your valentine!

A Valentine Surprise: Crochet Edition

A Valentine Surprise: Knit Edition

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…to inspire


Row gauge: when does it matter? When we're considering gauge, we often focus on the number of stitches per inch (or four inches, if we're measuring a full swatch), and playing fast and loose with the row gauge. There are times when the row gauge needs some additional attention, though.

When you're instructed to knit to a certain height or length, the number of rows you need to get to that measurement generally isn't an issue--unless you're short on yarn. If you have a truly finite amount of yarn, take note--you might need to add a contrasting stripe to reach the desired measurement. Occasionally it's possible to change your row gauge by changing needle size or needle material without affecting the stitch gauge. 

The height of colorwork motifs could also be an issue--consider hat patterns where you're instructed to work a colorwork chart, and then begin crown shaping after that. If your row gauge is condensed, you may need to add plain rows before beginning the decreases, or if the colorwork continues into the decreases, you might add additional ribbing so that the overall height of the hat is as specified by the pattern. If your rows are taller than expected, you may need to remove rows from the colorwork chart or any single color knitting--or embrace a slouchier style of hat.

The most significant issue you might encounter if your row gauge varies from the pattern is yoke depth on sweaters (whether they employ raglan shaping, set-in sleeves, or circular yokes). To adjust, you can strategically alter the rate of increases or decreases. For example, if you are getting fewer rows per inch than expected, the yoke may threaten to become too deep, so for raglan shaping, you could accelerate your rate of decreases or increases (depending on whether you are knitting bottom up or top down. Changing the rate of shaping for the entire yoke is usually too much, so you'll usually see these adjustments as you approach the neck on bottom up sweaters, or hear the armpit on top down sweaters. With circular shaping, you can add or remove rounds as needed. And for set in sleeves, you can add or remove the plain rows between shaping rows. 

One of the reasons top-down sweater construction has become so prevalent is that you can try the yoke on as you go, making it easier to determine if adjustments are needed. This is one of many reasons I love Purl Strings: they make trying on a yoke so much less precarious!

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...currently stitching



I just love the colorwork motif of Autumn Alpine--it's similar, but not identical, to the chart used in the Alpine Bloom hat--which was also fun. (And much quicker to complete!! 😁) 

With about 20 chart rows remaining, I'm hoping to advance to the sleeve separation this week--at which point, I will knit the sleeves before finishing the body--as I do whenever possible. I guess I should start looking for my Sleeve Island stitch markers!

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