Numbers! + Plaid KAL/CAL?

October 04, 2022

Numbers! + Plaid KAL/CAL? Yarn Folk

Sometimes in stitching we joke that the hardest part is counting to two, or four, or some number generally under TEN. 
There's a fair bit of math in knitting--a lot of it, you don't have to compute yourself, some of it you do. All of the calculations that mean a sweater is offered in 10 sizes? The designers and their tech editors are working on that. The number of stitches you are making in an inch? That's on you, unless you are unconcerned about the size of the finished thing, and are confident you have enough yarn! 
And then there are the numbers that happen even before you buy the yarn or tools for the project! September was quite a month in that regard, and I got curious about the specifics.
    • # of shipments received: 29
    • # of item numbers added to Yarn Folk's point of sale system: 210
    • total # of individual items received: 2,924.

    There are no fairies who magic all the things onto the shelves! It was quite a month. 

    So, if you stop in and ask me, "what's new?" you'll have to forgive me if I respond that it's...complicated! But I do hope you have a chance to explore! 

    I'm also highlighting new items online here. (But I know that I need to go back through my documents to see what I've forgotten to tag!)

    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)

    three red and orange skeins of yarn with the words "Yarn Folk talks"


    Social Stitching

    October 8 & 29

    (2nd & 5th Saturdays of the month), 2-4 pm (Shifted from the 4th Saturday this month only, due to Trilogy Yarns Trunk Show!)

    October 19

    (3rd Wednesdays, May-October), 5-8 pm Final Wednesday evening of the season!

    We will be moving to an every Saturday schedule, 2-4pm beginning in November.

    Trilogy Yarns Trunk Show

    Saturday, October 22

    Save the date! (The Social Stitching that would normally fall on this date will be moved to the 29th.)

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    We will have a bigger online update by this time next week, but for today, let me introduce you to a couple of easy-care options geared toward baby and kid stitching. We added Berroco Comfort DK Print to our limited selection of synthetics, and it is compatible with Sirdar Snuggly DK, and we chose a selection of bright and colorful self-striping shades. We also brought in Berroco's Vintage Baby--a really soft blend of 52% acrylic, 40% wool, and  8% nylon that is ready for gentle machine-washing and a tumble in the dryer on low. As a starting point for this line, we have a selection of soft neutrals and soothing pastels. Both yarns are recommended for knitting at 22 stitches per four inches, with crochet gauge of 18 (Vintage Baby) and 22 (Comfort DK) sc over four inches. 

    Also, for everyone, but especially my Have A Ball Fall Crawlers, the Modern Daily Knitting Field Guide No. 22, featuring Joji Locatelli, is in stock--something I absolutely forgot to mention during my presentation in spite of the fact that a copy was on the table right in front of me! 🤦

    PS--the big boxes from my Instagram last week? Malabrigo--mostly Rios and Rasta!!
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    …to inspire


    I am considering putting together a knitalong/crochetalong featuring PLAID in the very near future, but I would like to gauge interest first. Could you respond to this six question survey? It's a speedy one!
    And here is a Ravelry bundle of patterns for inspiration--to give you an idea of what we're considering.

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    It's Socktober, y'all! I hereby pledge to finish this pair of stripey socks. (Vesper Sock from Knitterly Things, my all time favorite sock yarn.) Between the FiberFest In the Valley and the Have a Ball Fall Crawl, I had VERY little stitching time this week, but I did add two stripes to sock #2--and then ripped one back, when I realized that I'd gone past the correct placement of the heel! Pattern is 3x1 garter rib with the garter stitch heel from Jen Arnall-Culliford's Moorland Socks. Maybe my next pair will be Stephen West's new Dustland Socks--it would be a great one for trying out the new Malabrigo Ultimate Sock

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