Introducing Crafty Flutterby + Holiday Closure

May 25, 2021

Introducing Crafty Flutterby + Holiday Closure Yarn Folk

Yarn Folk will be closed on Memorial Day, Monday, May 31st. I have enough years of experience at this point to know that the summer holidays are not when folks are out seeking yarn, and things are generally quiet in downtown Ellensburg. So we will catch up with you on Tuesday, June 1st. (How is it going to be June already??) 

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, May 20, 4:00-6:00pm 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 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.

Berroco Cardi Party 

Friday, May 15th to Wednesday, June 23rd

Details below and here, hosted in the Berroco Makers Facebook Group.

Holiday Hours 

Monday, May 31, 2021

Yarn Folk will be closed on Memorial Day.

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Crafty Flutterby makes beautiful shawl pins, cork shawl cuffs, and a fun new notion, the End Minder

The shawl pins are wrapped wire incorporating charms or beads. They are lightweight but secure, which is an excellent combination of characteristics for  shawl pins.

The shawl cuffs are a unique way to secure shawls and scarves (and they can also be worn on the wrist). These are made from cork with a woven fabric backing, and can be either wiped clean, or hand washed and laid flat to dry. They fasten with metal snaps set to be adjustable to three different sizes. 

The End Minders are designed to tidy the cast on ends of your yarn, or the ends that occur when you add yarn in the middle of a project. They are 3D printed using a plant-based resin, and can be used with fingering, sport, DK, or worsted weight yarns. In addition to tidying the ends, you can use them to display favorite yarns, or store lengths of yarn to facilitate future repair of an item. They come in a variety of styles, and are sold as sets of either six or 18. It's been awhile since we encountered a brand new notion, and these are fun!yarnfolk dividing line (2).png


…to inspire


Are you familiar with Kate Atherley? Kate is a knitting teacher and's Managing Technical editor. In that role, she creates educational videos that are featured in Knitty's Wiseknit column. The three video series she created for the First Fall 2020 issue has a variety of tips for how to produce a finished knitted item that is the size you want it to be! The short version is swatch and measure, but the video series walks you through the why and how. 

Kate also has incredibly useful resources for knitters on her own website (see Articles, Tutorials and Techniques), as well as a catalog of both paid and free patterns.

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Water Bearer

This is getting exciting! Water Bearer, knit in Berroco Ultra Wool, looks like a sweater, and all that is left is the remainder of the sleeve knitting! (Feel free to remind me that I uttered the words "all that is left" as I complain bitterly all the way to the cuff.)

The construction of this sweater is unique: it begins at the center back neck, the beginning of the brioche collar is worked, and then the shoulders and upper back are added. The body is knit with or without added bust darts, and the final step entails picking up stitches for the sleeves and shaping the sleeve caps with short rows. And everything is bordered by i-cord--either an i-cord bind off or applied i-cord.  To make it easier to see where I was picking up the sleeve stitches, I blocked the completed body before doing so. Here, the body has been blocked, but the sleeves, in progress, have not (and the body has also been squished into a project bag again). 


Felix Cardi

The Felix Cardi (Ravelry link) for Berroco's Cardi Party is a few inches past the sleeve divide. My beloved 12" needles, current favorite for sleeves, don't come in sizes above US 9, so I may be knitting the sleeves two at a time, using magic loop. Still love the black wool/black mohair (Lanas + Aerial) combination, also still glad to have 15 1/2 hours of daylight to knit it in.... 

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