Find your cozy

November 15, 2022

Find your cozy

By my calculations, we are in second Autumn this week? In any case, we are proceeding nicely into the season where lots of us crave hygge--enjoyment of life's quieter and cozy pleasures. 

That coziness can be curling up with a mug of spicy chai, thick wool socks, a riveting audiobook, and some knitting or crochet--

or maybe an evening with friends, drinking hot cocoa around a roaring bonfire--

or baking something with cinnamon and cardamom, with those warm and spicy smells wafting through the house.

I hope you'll feel it, too, when you're here at Yarn Folk: when you're dreaming up a project, embraced by color, texture, and thoughts of you or your loved ones wearing or using whatever emerges from your needles or hooks! 

    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)


    CURRENT CLASSES & EVENTS

    Social Stitching

     

    Every Saturday, 2-4pm

    Join us around the big table for a couple of hours of convivial stitching.

    Plaid KAL/CAL October 29-November 24 (join any time)

    More info here.

    Plaid Friday & Small Business Saturday, Friday, November 25 & Saturday, November 26

    Details TBA. Enjoy hometown shopping in your favorite downtown!

    Holiday Girls Night Out, Thursday, December 8 

    Details TBA! 5pm-8pm

    Holiday Hours

    Thursday, November 24 Closed for Thanksgiving.

    Saturday, December 24 Open 9-1 for your last minute shopping! 

    Monday, December 26 Closed.

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    ...to anticipate

     

    Jeananne Atthowe of Cerulean Orchid is a gifted crochet designer, and she also put together an incredibly charming collection of yarnie stickers. Illustrated by Jeananne, Ashley Osayande, and Aaron Birch, they are a fun way to add a little of your fiber enthusiasm to your water bottle, lap top, phone case, journal....

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    …to inspire

     

    You may have seen the news that Yarn Folk was selected as one of six recipients of this year's Ellensburg Downtown Association Business Fund Grant Program! The Business Fund Grant Program assists downtown businesses with improvements beyond day-to-day operating expenses, and our proposal focused on enhancing the overhead lighting at the shop to improve the customer experience--particularly when evaluating color.
    We are so appreciative of the EDA's support in offsetting a portion of the cost of this project, and we're really happy that it's nearly complete just in time for those early sunsets we, here in the Upper Left, know so well. (The lighting track and half of the fixtures have been installed, and we're just waiting for the balance of the fixtures. Say it with me: supply chain issues!) Stop by and bask in the improved glow.
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    ...to stitch 

    Is it really cast-on-itis if you *did* finish a project, and of the two additional things being cast on, one is a very quick test knit for a shop owner pal? I submit what we are still within the bounds of manageable casting-on.

    I decided to knit one of Rosie Posie Knit Co.'s Reindeer Romp Beanie as a shop sample, and chose the Hot Cocoa theme. (Kits are here.) That's the three skeins of Rios; the Ultra Alpaca Chunky Natural is to test knit a hat which will be part of a hat & cowl set by Becca Anderson. (And I'll have pattern codes available with yarn purchase once the pattern is published.)

    I finished the The Minimalist cowl in Yak with a minor modification to keep the project within a two-ball range. I cast on for the medium size, but once I began knitting in the round, I reduced the plain rounds between decreases by half. the upper portion of the cowl is not as deep, but I think the overall proportions work well. I made the tassel before finishing the knitting (so that I could use every bit of this fantastic yarn) and added a double strand of mohair leftover from my Felix Cardigan for a bit of added textural interest. 



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