BREATHE & HOPE (AND WHAT THE FUTURE MAY HOLD

April 21, 2020

BREATHE & HOPE (AND WHAT THE FUTURE MAY HOLD

Do you need some special knitting fun? I know I do. We have a special offer that you won’t want to miss. The talented designer Casapinka is providing it for us this weekend, April 24-26. (April 25 was originally scheduled as LYS Day). See below for details!

As we get closer to May 4th, the day Washington’s Stay Home Stay Healthy order is currently set to expire, we start to think about what life will look like once the order is relaxed. I have been watching Dr. Mark Larson’s daily updates from the Kittitas County Public Health Department, which are focused on the health and safety of our Kittitas County residents, and are driven by science and data pertaining to coronavirus. While I don’t know exactly when Yarn Folk will reopen to the public, there will be some changes in how we operate for some time. I have not worked out all of the details yet, but continued physical distancing, use of masks, and limits on the number of shoppers at any one time are all on my mind. We will not resume in-person events until some future date. Hours will likely be modified for awhile. I will let you know more as we receive more guidance and I figure things out—but I wanted you to know that the specific details of how we can begin to reconnect are top of mind for me.

Even after things are normal-ish, I will continue to use yarnfolk.com/shop as a way to highlight projects and select products, and it has great utility for facilitating special requests for my farther-flung customers. I appreciate your support through this closure, and your patience and compassion as we find ways to return to the things we’ve missed, while continuing to act with the utmost care and respect for our individual and collective health.

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College mascots on Zoom

College mascots on Zoom

…to learn (and do)

CURRENT CLASSES & EVENTS

Social Stitching via Zoom

Thursday, April 23, 4:00-6:00pm https://us04web.zoom.us/j/981942707?pwd=TExyQlRPWnB3OW40QkFZRCs5aVRtQT09 OR open Zoom and enter 981-942-707 for the meeting ID

Friday, April 24, 12:00-1:00pm https://us04web.zoom.us/j/741980568?pwd=bXp1ellFUHNqS0lUaFYvS1ord3Fndz09 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 BOTH MEETINGS IS 330044.

Rescheduled dates for both classes listed below will be announced.

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

Rescheduled date TBD, 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. There is homework to be completed prior to the class.

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...to anticipate

 

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Above, is Casapinka’s beautiful asymmetric triangle shawl, Breathe and Hope, created to celebrate LYS Day. It will be available free with yarn purchase from April 24-26, and can be purchased separately the following week. Today (Tuesday), I’ll be curating some incredibile combinations—the pattern calls for two skeins of fingering weight yarn, one tonal or variegated, and one tonal. Check yarnfolk.com/shop beginning on the 24th to pick your favorite. Perhaps we’ll have a virtual KAL? The kits will come with a Ravelry code to access the pattern as a free bonus, but you will need to download the pattern yourself in order to have access to any updates.

Casapinka (Bronwyn) has been ill with Covid-19, but has still managed to offer this project as a way to support local yarn stores, and we love her for her beautiful designs and unflagging encouragement of us all. Check out her other designs here.

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…to inspire

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Berroco is curating “Drop Ship Projects of the Week,” and this week it is Lovage, a stunning long cardigan using Sesame. This Project of the Week will ship with a free copy of the pattern, plus a Berroco project bag. Sesame is $16.50/ball, and we’ll need your size when placing the drop ship order. Drop shipping to your home is a flat rate of $7, and everyone who has ordered this way has been amazed by how quickly the yarn arrives.

The first Drop Ship Project of the Week was Norah Gaughan’s Vintage Cabled Afghan in either Berroco Vintage ($180) or Comfort ($130)—it’s still available, and you can read more here.

And of course, any project you can dream up in Berroco, Amano, Lang, Lopi, or Wool Addicts yarns can be created through the drop shipping program—let me know what you’re thinking, and we’ll come up with a plan!

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...to stitch

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Everyday Cardigan

 

The Everyday Cardigan is nearly done—only the buttons remain. I previously mentioned the difficulty of wet-blocking items at my house—the cats think that damp wool is prime lounging territory—so I gave the individual pieces a thorough steaming before I seamed them together. Mattress stitch continues to be that slice of knitting magic that delights and amazes. Next, I get to uncover the next layer in my knitting bag (and maybe pick out a combination for Casapinka’s Breathe and Hope for myself!).




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