April 07, 2020


A few updates:

Yarn Folk remains closed for regular retail business at least through May 4th.

I’ve listed some additional items at, and can set up personalized payment links for orders outside of what is listed there. All orders will be mailed; no in person business may be conducted under Washington’s Stay Home order, but I have confirmed that my mailing practices are within the scope of the order. I will be going to the shop periodically to fill orders, clean, and do other tasks, but please know I am also observing the Stay Home directive, so this will not be daily.

Some good news is that one of my vendors, Berroco, is offering drop shipment to my customers. Here are the details:

  • All Berroco and partner brand yarns including Lang, Amano, WoolAddicts and Lopi, plus pattern books are available

  • You may order by the hank or skein—requirement for full-bag purchases has been suspended

  • There is a flat rate shipping charge of $7

  • Orders will be sent via USPS (First Class or Priority Mail)

  • All orders must be placed with Yarn Folk via email ( — Berroco does not accept retail orders directly.

  • You can view yarns and patterns at — click on the links at the top of the page to view yarns from the partner brands.

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…to learn (and do)




Social Stitching via Zoom

Thursday, April 9, 4:00-6:00pm OR open Zoom and enter 981-942-707 for the meeting ID

Saturday, April 11, 12:00-1:00pm OR open Zoom and enter 741-980-568 for the meeting ID

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

We have our fingers crossed with respect to holding the classes below. Stand by.

Introduction to Lace Knitting: Kindness Shawl

Rescheduled (Saturday) dates TBD, 10:00am-12:00pm | Instructor: Lynn Bethke | $40 + materials

Learn the essentials of creating lacey knitted items in this project based class! We’ll explore the basics of lace knitting, how to read a chart, and tips and tricks to promote your confidence and success.

Pre-requisites: Able to knit and purl, cast-on and bind off. Some pattern reading experience.

Advanced Tink

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

*To be confirmed or rescheduled

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. There is homework to be completed prior to the class.

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Kits for Stephen West’s Purlbreak shawl have been added to, along with interchangeable needle sets, Apple Tree Knits gradient cakes, and more.

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…to inspire

© Closet Case Patterns

© Closet Core Patterns

I appreciated this email from sewing pattern designer Heather Lou of Closet Core Patterns—both her thoughts on our collective experience, and the resource suggestions she closes with, and I wanted to share it with you. You can read it here.

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Droplet Capelet


The Droplet Capelet will get its glamour photo later (it’s haphazardly steam blocked here), but it is the thing I worked on most diligently this week. The last few rounds went on forever—I was intent on using all of the yarn, and it always seemed like there was enough for two more rounds. (And in fact, after I finally bound off, there probably was enough yarn for another two rounds.) I used Lady Dye Yarns in Ruth, inspired by costume designer Ruth Carter. I’ll be adding these to the online shop later this week—one skein is enough for the pattern.

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