Hello from Tacoma! Plus BOGO 50% a few selected yarns!

January 09, 2024

Hello-from-Tacoma-Plus-BOGO-50-a-few-selected-yarns Yarn Folk

view from the bus of Keechelus Lake, 1/7/2024

It's the briefest of check-ins this week. I'm at an Airbnb in a residential neighborhood, I had groceries delivered, and I have no real plans to go out. It's not that the people and places I love are *distractions,* but sometimes the only way to do the 'big picture' work is to really remove yourself from the day-to-day. 

Because, you know, if I was at home, even if I had still closed the shop for a few days, I'd more than likely be shoveling snow. As it is, I'm only feeling guilty about not shoveling snow, which is much less time-consuming. ūüôÉ

Thank you for bearing with me over this little break, but I'm working out plans and improvements for 2024. Some you'll see directly, others are behind-the-scenes, but my hope is all of them will bring all of us an added measure of joy!

Now, wish me luck getting home on Wednesday--I've already had one bus trip canceled on me....

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…mark your calendars

Social Stitching

Every Saturday, 2-4pm

A reminder--if you're feeling poorly, please join us again as soon as you're feeling better!

Make It Scandi Sweater Makealong

January 13 - February 29

Our official start date will be January 13th, and we'll continue through February. The theme for January's sweater makealong is: Scandi Design. Some suggested jumping off points include: 

  • Scandinavian designers -- Filtered Ravelry search¬†here.
  • Pattern tagged with design elements from one of the Scandinavian countries. Filtered Ravelry search¬†here.
  • Use a Scandinavian yarn. We have¬†Tukuwool Fingering¬†and¬†L√©ttlopi¬†at Yarn Folk. If you would like to use a different weight of Lopi, we can drop ship through Berroco.
  • Try a soft neutral scheme that evokes Scandinavian interior design, or other colors that are often represented: pale blue, forest green, burnt orange, dusty pink...
  • Use mohair carried along with another yarn--a technique often used by Scandinavian designers. Filtered Ravelry search¬†here.

Make It Scandi Zooms

We will have three makealong zooms, all on Sundays from 1-2pm. (Technically, the meeting length is limited to 40 minutes; my understanding is that there's usually a bit of a grace period.)

Sundays: January 20, February 3, and February 17, 1-2pm

Meeting link (note: this link will be attended on the above dates only)

Password: Scandi

Holiday Hours

January 15 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day) -- 9a - 3:30p

Weather Delay

In the ten years we've been open, we've had *very* few unscheduled closures. That said, our hours are sometimes affected, and here's how we try to keep you posted:
  • We update our hours in Google. Sometimes they don't approve the update as fast as we'd like, but we do make every effort to post any changes there.
  • We make social media posts on Facebook and Instagram, and share those posts to our stories. If you happen to see a post, please like or share it--it really helps to get the word out when there is more interaction.
  • If we have access to the shop phone, we update the outgoing message.¬†
  • Please remember that we travel from Upper County, and sometimes conditions there are¬†very different.

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…new in the shop


(The Malabrigo did arrive last week--new Rios, Mecha, Chunky, and Ultimate Sock.)

Since there's not a lot going on in the shop, I decided to do a little mini Winter Blitz--on the following four yarns, buy one skein and get one 50% off. The discount is automatically applied to the eligible yarns, and the discount gets applied to the least expensive sale items in your cart first. 

Two things: I would normally double/triple/quadruple check quantities, but this is a bit of a whim, and I'm not there to do it! Good luck! ūüėĚ(It's probably fine--I check things a lot. But last month was very special while I swapped in new point of sale software.) Also, if the cart isn't letting you make modifications from the pop up window, click on 'View Cart' to go to the full cart view. (This may be a glitch, or it may be weirdness related to the fact that Shopify knows that I have access to the admin panel.....)

The eligible yarns are: 

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…to inspire

It's temperature blanket season! Above are two gorgeous examples created by Ellensburg knitter Christina, and her sister Karen. They used the same palette, but live on opposite coasts. Isn't that one of the best mini KALs you've ever seen?

If you're inclined to start a temperature project (be it a blanket, scarf, snake, or even sweater), you'll find lots of inspo by just entering "temperature" on the pattern search page on Ravelry (like this) or searching the #temperatureblanket hashtag on Instagram. (Results here.) We've just barely started January; it's definitely not too late to begin.   

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...currently stitching



I thought I might be finished with Ellen's Cardigan by PetiteKnits before sending this, but while only a wee sleeve remains, it is not, in fact, done. The yarn is West Yorkshire Spinners Bo Peep, a self-patterning blend of Falkland Wool and nylon. There has been much discussion at my house about why babies need pockets. The leading answers are rocks, Hot Wheels, and because they are so danged cute.This is the 18-24 month size, and the pattern has a sizing range from 6-9m months up to 10-12 years.

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