FiberFest In the Valley & Have a Ball Fall Crawl this weekend!

September 27, 2022

FiberFest In the Valley & Have a Ball Fall Crawl this weekend! Yarn Folk

Pardon my general frazzlement, there's so much to do to get ready for this weekend's amazing opportunities to delight in all things fiber!
On Saturday, Yarn Folk will be open our regular Saturday hours, 9-4, in both our regular location on Pearl Street, and in the Teanaway Room at the Kittitas Valley Event Center (aka the Fairgrounds). You can find out more about FiberFest In the Valley by visiting the Kittitas Valley Sheep Producers, and following FiberFest In the Valley on Facebook and Instagram. And yes, there will be Valais Blacknose sheep there!
Then on Sunday, we are gearing up for our time slot in the Have a Ball Fall Crawl virtual yarn crawl. Yarn crawl in your jammies? Sure! If you feel like it's too late to join in, set aside those worries--all the sessions are recorded, and available for playback on *your* schedule. I know I will be circling back to watch the second half of The 6ply team's conversation with Joji Locatelli--the portion that I was able to see was just wonderful. Visit 27 shops around the country without pulling in to a gas station or suffering airline shenanigans! And be sure to catch Yarn Folk at 10:45 PDT / 1:45 EDT.

    Current open hours are Monday - Thursday, 7am-3:30pm, Friday 8:30am - 5pm and Saturdays, 9am-4pm.

    In-store shopping: masks are optional (but welcome and appreciated). 
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    …to learn (and do)

    three red and orange skeins of yarn with the words "Yarn Folk talks"


    In-Person Social Stitching


    October 8 & 29

    (2nd & 5th Saturdays of the month), 2-4 pm (Shifted from the 4th Saturday this month only, due to Trilogy Yarns Trunk Show!)

    October 19

    (3rd Wednesdays, May-October), 5-8 pm Final Wednesday evening of the season!

    FiberFest in the Valley

    Saturday, October 1 

    9am-4pm Teanaway Room at the Kittitas County Fairgrounds

    Yarn Folk will be participating in the Vendor Show all day. In addition to the marketplace, the FiberFest offers a fleece sale, shearing demonstrations, classes, equipment sales, and a spinning circle--plus the opportunity to talk with lots of folks committed to the vitality of fiber-related pursuits.

    Yarn Folk will also be open downtown on this date!

    More details at the Kittitas County Sheep Producers page!

    Have a Ball Fall Crawl -- Begins this Friday!

    The virtual crawl is back for its third year! Registration is now live here, and an exciting addition to the schedule is a chat with Joji Locatelli to open the Crawl. Yarn Folk will be live on Sunday, October 2, at 10:45 PDT / 1:45 PDT. The crawl will be held entirely on Zoom this year, and you'll get links to recordings so you can catch up on an presentations you can't watch live. And as with previous years, you'll have lots of opportunities to win door prizes! Register at 

    Friday, Saturday, Sunday, September 23, 24, 25 

    Saturday & Sunday, October 1 & 2

    Yarn Folk: October 2, 10:45am PST / 1:45pm EST


    Trilogy Yarns Trunk Show

    Saturday, October 22

    Save the date! (The Social Stitching that would normally fall on this date will be moved to the 29th.)

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    My trusty box knife was at my side all last week, and my UPS driver had to break out the hand truck several times. Some things will be with me at FiberFest in the Valley on Saturday, others are on the shelves here in the shop now. Among them, our quarterly shipment of Dream in Color Smooshy Cashmere, which honestly took my breath away (#GorgeousYarn 😂). 
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    …to inspire


    The Have a Ball Fall Crawl spent the first hour of the crawl talking with designer Joji Locatelli. We just finished a new shop sample, her Terra Shawl, in Madelinetosh Tosh DK, and in the past have thoroughly enjoyed making her Understated sweater in Berroco Summer Sesame, the Hipster Cowl, and the 3-Color Cashmere Cowl (which we interpreted in Malabrigo Lace held double, and would also be amazing in Silkpaca held double).

    Do you have a favorite Joji design? We'd love to hear which of them speaks to you!

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    In addition to finishing the Terra Shawl (yarn chicken notes are detailed on my Ravelry project page), I started the Zurie cowl, crocheted on an N/10mm hook with Berroco Dash, another of last week's arrivals. We brought in four colors--not because we don't love them all--but because these huge, squishy balls eat up space! It's hard to convey just how soft this yarn is--it's a superfine merino wool chainette, and it's very spongy and fun to work with.

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