Eight Years of Yarn Folk + LYS Day, Saturday, April 17

April 13, 2021

Eight Years of Yarn Folk + LYS Day, Saturday, April 17 Yarn Folk


Yarn Folk opened at 5pm on April 11, 2013, in conjunction with the Ellensburg Downtown Association's Girls Night Out event. What a nerve-wracking and exciting night--it was a good two weeks before I'd initially planned on opening. Sunday was Yarn Folk's second pandemic birthday, and while there is still uncertainty to navigate, April 2021 finds us with the shop open to the public in a county that has received national attention for its efficient vaccine distribution, a website that supplements our brick and mortar efforts, and (most days) a sense of humor about the ever-changing series of challenges we continue to face. It hasn't been easy, and some days are harder than others, but thank you for being part of this journey, and let's all press on together.

As a small thank you, we're offering a 10% discount on Tuesday (TODAY) and Wednesday--use discount code WHEW at yarnfolk.com or mention it in store. Your support over the past eight years--and especially this last year--is so appreciated! 

Current open hours are Monday - Friday, 7am-3:30pm, and Saturdays, 9am-3pm. In-store shopping: mask covering nose and mouth required for the duration of your visit. We continue to be mindful about making it possible to maintain social distancing in the shop.

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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 15, 4:00-6:00pm 

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/981942707?pwd=TExyQlRPWnB3OW40QkFZRCs5aVRtQT09 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 yarnfolk.com 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.

Upcoming Temporary Schedule Changes:

Thursday, May 6, 2021 7am - 2pm (closing 90 minutes early)

Friday, May 7, 2021 CLOSED


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...to anticipate

Photographs of knitted items on a pink background, with the Local Yarn Shop Day logo in the top center. There is a cabled child's pullover, a woman's cardigan, a capelet, three styles of knitted tees, and a circular lace blanket.
 © Berroco


Cross your fingers for me--I usually don't put anything in this section that I don't actually have in hand, already processed into my point of sale system, and on the shelves. However, this Saturday is LYS Day, and we're execting to receive a few fun items for special offers prior to that day. 

Our friends at Berroco are offering an e-book collection of seven of their most popular patterns with any purchase of Berroco yarns in-store or online on Saturday, April 17th. 

Blue Sky Fibers is offering a free pattern of your choice with purchase of Blue Sky Fibers yarns from Friday through Sunday--the discount code will apply either on their website or on Ravelry.

We will also have a few kits from Lorna's Laces which will include a custom limited edition color of Shepherd Sock, a coordinating 25 gram skein of Shepherd Sock, a Lorna's Laces enamel pin, stitch markers, darning needles, a fun notebook, and a download code for Miriam Felton's Furrows Shawl, all packaged in a super cute pouch! 

And from Wonderland Yarns, we'll have three different speckled LYS Day colorways, each on a different yarn base, plus an LYS Day fiber colorway. But wait, there's more--there are also a a few kits, for both knitting and crochet, and free patterns that work for any of the bases! Also in this order is some dyed spinning fiber--both Merino, some Blue-faced Leicester. 


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…to inspire


While I was weaving in the ends of the Flax Light sweater (Ravelry linkTin Can Knits link) in Knitted Wit Sport, I made a video demonstrating how I secure the ends in ribbing. Amazingly enough, I didn't knock over the tripod, and you can mainly see what I am doing, so if it's of interest, take a look here.

(The finished 6-12 month size sweater used 89g of a 100g skein, so enough to feel like a very efficient use of the skein, without the nail-biting experience of wondering if there would be enough yardage. The sweater is knit to the pattern gauge, and corresponds to the finished measurements indicated on the schematic.)yarnfolk dividing line (2).png

...to stitch


Malabrigo Temperance Shawl KAL

The twisted rib section of the  Temperance Shawl is not the speediest to knit, but the definition of those twisted stitches makes it worth it. If you're participating in the KAL make sure you've got the updated version of the pattern on Ravelry or directly from Malabrigo. (The file name on Ravelry is Temperance Shawl Fixed.) While my printed copy did not have the issue a customer asked me about, there are early versions of the pattern that are missing a k1 in Row 4 of Section 5. 


Movie Night Cocoon Cardi


I was talking about Bamboo Pop Sock with my friend Lisa, who owns One City Market in Rogersville, Missouri, and she mentioned that one of her favorite shop samples is a Movie Night Cocoon Cardi crocheted with two balls of it. The pattern calls for a worsted weight, but I am barreling ahead with the fingering weight on Lisa’s recommendation, but still using a J hook. Until you near the end, the piece is worked as an ever-growing granny square--the final steps are to sew a couple of half-seams to create the armholes, and to add rounds of single crochet edging for the cuffs and cardi edges. It's shown here completed through one full ball, temporarily pinned together and displayed on a child-sized mannequin. Right now, the square is 23"; we're headed for 40". (Color is Corals.) It's a low-key and relaxing project, and would work in a wide range of yarns. 

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