October 10, 2023
The phrase "Each One, Teach One" comes from the world of literacy education, particularly among enslaved people in the United States and castes in India who were denied education. We honor the origins of the phrase, including when it is used more broadly to describe the sharing of skills as a way of fostering community.
At Yarn Folk, we will be celebrating I Love Yarn Day and hosting an Each One, Teach One event for makers this Saturday, October 14th, from 9a - 1p. We're inviting you to bring a friend who has wanted to learn to knit or crochet and help them get started!
We will have kits available for purchase ($58) that include two skeins of Madelinetosh Vintage, a cushy 100% superwash merino, in one of four hand-dyed colorways (including the limited edition "I Love Yarn"). The kits will also include free patterns for either a knit or crochet cowl, a small amount of practice yarn, and a complimentary circular needle or crochet hook for the beginning partner. (Teaching partners, you'll need either a 16" US 8 / 5mm circular needle or a US J / 6mm crochet hook.)
We'll also have "encouraging snacks" on hand! Bring a friend who's ready to learn, and we'll provide a fun and supportive environment to help that happen.
Kits can also be purchased "to-go," and if we have any remaining after the event, they'll be available for purchase online.
October 14, 9-1
We'll be offering knit/crochet with a friend kits for purchase, and will be hosting an "Each One Teach One" event on Saturday morning from 9a-1p. Take your kit to go, or stay awhile to enjoy some encouraging treats. If you're a knitter or crocheter, grab a friend who's been wanting to learn, and come on down!
We have TWO craft alongs happening this month--
1) It's Socktober! Start and maybe finish a pair of socks or slippers!
2) Keep it spooky!
See below for pattern inspo. Use yarn from Yarn Folk, and return this scoresheet by 10/31 and you'll be entered into a drawing for $25 in store credit!
The Lemonwood Mini Minders sold out during our Have a Ball Fall Crawl presentation, so I'm happy to report that we received a restock of these beautiful and useful tools. I've used mine in the airport (hanging from the handle of my wheeled carry-on), on the airplane (suspended from the seatback), in the car (attached to the door handle), at home (hanging from a floor lamp), and while standing and walking (using the wrist strap as actually intended).
I've even gone so far as to re-wind yarn that I'd started using as a center pull ball in order to pull from the outside, so that I could transfer the project to the Mini Minder!
Choose one of the gorgeous styles available here!
Last week, I had finished everything but the faux seams on the Wullpullover. (Side note: I made the fourth size and did not need any of the fifth skein the pattern calls for. I didn't use any of this color (Sensitive) to swatch, as I had done a sample swatch of the yarn earlier with a different color, and knew that I would have gauge with a US 6 needle.)
As previously promised, I recorded a demonstration of the inserting a faux seam using mattress stitch, and you can find that here. (It's also embedded in this week's blog post, but most email programs don't play nicely with embedded video.)
Also, don't forget you can hop onto our October craft alongs at any time.There are two themes--Socktober and Keep It Spooky--and you can mix-and-match them. Full explanation in last week's post and find the scoresheet here.
As is always, always, always the case, my ambitions for travel stitching exceeded my actual time available. I thought I would have more time when getting around by train in Chicago, but even though we were staying one station from the Blue Line's terminal stop, we were usually standing. (Thankfully we got seats on the train back to the hotel after the marathon--Mr. Yarn Folk ran 26 miles, but I walked over 10, and our feet were not happy!)
I did finish a cowl sample for beginning crocheters, and started a hat* in a yarn I'm seriously contemplating bringing in soon 😎 And as I write this, I still have one more plane ride--maybe that will be when I get allllll the stitching done.
*Started on a subway platform while waiting for a delayed train, then twisted not on round one, but round TWO, and didn't notice until the next morning, because I was working on it while walking, in the dark. 🤦
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