In-person Social Thursday + Woolstok Light!

September 07, 2021

In-person Social Thursday + Woolstok Light! Yarn Folk


Please join us for a few hours of Back-to-School Social Stitching this Thursday from 4-7pm at Mountain View Park in Ellensburg. The address is 1200 E. Seattle, and we have the picnic shelter reserved.

Picnic tables will be available, but you may want to bring a camp chair or other seating you find most comfortable. Because our community levels of Covid-19 transmission are high, masks are optional but recommended, and please practice physical distancing to make this event as accessible as possible. We hope to see you on Thursday! 

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

In-store shopping: masks are REQUIRED for all guests over age 2. Thanks for your help in keeping my business open to the public!

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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 

We are taking a Zoom break on August 26th & September 2nd. September 9th will be an in-person event; no concurrent Zoom.


Back to School Social Stitching in the Park

September 9, 2021, 3:45-7pm, Mountain View Park, 1200 E. Seattle, Ellensburg


Have a Ball Fall Crawl

September 17-19 & September 24-26, 2021

Yarn Folk: September 26 @ 9am PDT (12pm EDT)

Join Yarn Folk and 35 other amazing shops across North America for a virtual crawl! More info and registration at

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Last week's mid-week introduction to Yarn Folk was Woolstok Light from Blue Sky Fibers. It is spun from the same soft Highland wool as its big sister, Woolstok, but while Woolstok is a 2-ply yarn, Woolstok Light is a single ply. Offered in 218 yard, 50g hanks, Blue Sky has chosen 14 of the original Woolstok Colors for this new yarn--classic neutrals, plus a rainbow of color that is saturated and sophisticated. 

Patterns for Woolstok Light are available both at Blue Sky Fibers and on Ravelry. Our shop sample is the free, one-skein Henrico Hat (Blue Sky, Ravelry)--although I couldn't resist adding the tiniest pop of color to the ribbing!  


We also got some new pins, stickers, markers, and gift tags from adKnits

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…to inspire


Indira Cowl (Vanessa Smith Designs or Ravelry) © Vanessa Smith
One of the strategies I recommend for better Ravelry pattern searches is to rely on the filter options, and to use the search boxes sparingly. When pattern information is uploaded to Ravelry, the process includes a series of steps which prompt the designer to enter key information (yarn weight, yardage requirements, craft, techniques used) along with tags, all of which provide data that can be filtered. If you use the search boxes instead, you'll only return results that use the specific term you enter in the pattern description. For example, if I type "colorwork" into the search box from the Advanced Pattern Search, I get 117,876 results. If I navigate to the filters on the left side of the page, I can see that there are 141,480 patterns that have colorwork as an attribute. And additionally, I can choose the type of colorwork I'm interested in. The same principle can also work in unexpected ways--if I search for "sweater" I get more results than if I look under the category filter for clothing. Why? Because non-human creatures and objects can have sweaters, too. Add in the power of OR, AND, or NOT, and your ability to find something very specific increases exponentially!
Thinking about what Woolstok Light might be like paired with some of the laceweight mohair I'm unpacking this week, I created a search for patterns available through the in-store sales feature, and then narrowed it down further to patterns I've already marked as favorites. And I still want to make Vanessa Smith's Indira Cowl--it looks SO cozy! 
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Still obsessing on samples for new yarn arriving soon--how about a peek at the reverse? One stranded colorwork, one mosaic knitting; a sweater and an accessory. 👍👍

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