March 10, 2020


While things proceed largely as they normally do here at Yarn Folk, there’s more handwashing, more wiping down of surfaces, and I *really* need to make sure I have a Lo-Lo bar in each and every bag to keep the chapping at bay!

As always, if you’re needing to limit your contact with the outside world, please give me a call, and I’m happy to mail out yarn or needles to you, or have them ready for a family member or friend to pick up for you. (And this is true any time, not just during a public health situation.)

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…to learn (and do)

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Hinterland KAL

Fridays in February & March (February 7, cast on party), 5:00-7:00pm | materials only

Knit along as we work on Jennifer Steingass’ beautiful Hinterland sweater.

Project Circle

March 27, 5:00-7:00pm | no charge

Join us to work on your longer term projects!

Advanced Tink

May 16, 10:00am-1:00pm | Instructor: Michele Lee Bernstein, PDXKnitterati | $40 + $3 materials fee

Join Michele and learn how to fix common mistakes in your plain and lace knitting. You’ll play with a cable, too! Class will focus on reading your knitting, unknitting stitch by stitch (tinking), adding or removing a decrease, tearing out rows at a time (frogging), and other common lace mistakes.

Prerequisites: For this intermediate class, you should know basic increases/decreases and have the ability to read and work from a simple chart.

Introduction to Lace Knitting: Kindness Shawl

May 2 & 9, 10:00am-12:00pm | Instructor: Lynn Bethke | $40 + materials

Learn the essentials of creating lacey knitted items in this project based class! We’ll explore the basics of lace knitting, how to read a chart, and tips and tricks to promote your confidence and success.

Pre-requisites: Able to knit and purl, cast-on and bind off. Some pattern reading experience.


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...to anticipate


Here’s the full spread of Neighborhood Fiber, shortly before being put out on the sales floor. Studio DK comes in 275 yard skeins, and with adding new colors, we have twenty to choose from. Studio Sock shares the same crisp twist as the DK, along with the rich and saturated colors Neighborhood Fiber Co. is known for.

We also have eight colors of Cobblestone Roving, which is a BFL and silk blend, and eight colors of Suri Loft, a fingering weight yarn that gets its fluff from brushed suri alpaca, rather than mohair. The alpaca is blended with merino wool and silk, and feels like a cloud.


If you’ve wanted to give weaving a try (and it’s great for using up leftovers), try one of these Pop Out Looms from Black Sheep Goods! Instructions are included with the simple loom and tools.

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…to inspire


I’m a big fan of little surprises, and decided to purchase Season 3 of Helen Stewart’s Handmade Sock Society, which delivers a new sock pattern to your Ravelry library every month from February through July. While I have no hope of knitting a pair of socks per month, there’s no expectation that I must—but I’ve cast on Luminary, the first pair, in hopes of giving them as a gift in about six weeks.

I’m having a very free form knitalong with a cross-country friend for this series of socks—if you think this series sounds interesting, you can check out the sock collections from Season One and Season Two to get an idea of what Helen’s sock designs are like. She describes the skill level as “hover[ing] between ‘intrepid beginner’ and intermediate.”

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...to stitch



Skiff is a densely cabled hat I’ve knit twice—once with an inch or so of ribbing, and this time with the full folded up brim. This is still under consideration for a class project, so stay tuned!



Hinterland has most of two sleeves. I’ll knit the body next, leaving the colorwork cuffs for a treat at the end of the project! I’ve seen two completed sweaters so far—both gorgeous!

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