June 02, 2020


As of last Thursday, I have been open for scheduled private shopping and limited drop in. You can make an appointment at—including same-day appointments. Appointments are not required, but will ensure that you don’t have to wait.

I am working with drop-ins on a fluid basis, allowing a maximum of two customers at a time in the shop—it’s challenging to maintain the recommended physical distance otherwise. Because of this, it is appreciated if family members wait outside while you shop.

As recommended by Kittitas County Public Health, I am wearing a cloth mask whenever anyone else is in the shop, and am asking that you do, too. If you do not have one of your own, I have a supply available here for a requested (but not required) donation to FISH food bank. Hand sanitizer and/or a sink for handwashing are also available, and the floor at the checkout is marked at 6’ intervals. I am keying in credit card numbers so there is no contact needed there. Hard surfaces are sanitized after each transaction.

If you are not able to wear a mask, I am very happy to provide curbside pick up service, or can mail to you. Online shopping is available via, but if you need something not listed online, I am happy to text or email photos, or set up a video call.

If you are in an area where travel limits are still recommended, I would love to help you remotely!

My current hours are Monday - Friday, 7am-3:30pm, and I will be open on Saturdays during the Farmers Market, 9am-1pm. Thanks again for your support!

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…to learn (and do)


Social Stitching via Zoom


Wednesday, June 3, 12:00-1:00pm BREATHE & HOPE Virtual KAL OR open Zoom and enter 883-5111-1252 for the meeting ID

Thursday, June 4, 4:00-6:00pm OR open Zoom and enter 981-942-707 for the meeting ID

Friday, June 5, 12:00-1:00pm OR open Zoom and enter 741-980-568 for the meeting ID

IMPORTANT: As of April 5th, Zoom required passwords to enter meetings to prevent unauthorized guests from entering. PASSWORD FOR ALL MEETINGS IS 330044.


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I’ve started to tentatively replenish some stock, and yesterday received a fresh shipment of Show Stealer from Leading Men Fiber Arts. I am using it as one of my two colors in the Breathe & Hope shawl, and it really is a special yarn.

Just a reminder, Casapinka’s Hug Shot promotion is this weekend—June 5-7, and kits are available here including new combinations. (If you’re looking for some vibrant pinks, we have you covered.) Orders received by 5 pm on June 7th will receive a coupon code that makes the pattern free, and all codes must be redeemed by midnight on June 7th.

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…to inspire


Writing shop emails/blog posts these last couple of months has been hard. On the one hand, I want to convey the optimism and enthusiasm that will carry Yarn Folk through a difficult time; on the other, I am a real person, and this has been hard.

The events of last week have brought that into even higher relief, as I try to figure out how to sustain my business while also actively working toward a society that better embodies the ideal of “justice for all.” I don’t have great answers, but I do want to use this small space to highlight a couple of responses from within the fiber community.

This video from Gaye Glasspie (GG of GGMadeIt) responds to white fiber friends who have reached out asking how they can help. She asks that allies be willing to “stand in the gap”—to endure discomfort, to speak out, to witness and acknowledge the pain communities of color are in, to seek self-education. (She’s written her thoughts here, as well.)

And this Daily Letter from Mason Dixon Knitting shares Ann & Kay’s thoughts, but also provides linked resources for white people who want to engage with anti-racist reflection and action. I found their words serious, reflective, and helpful, so I am sharing them here.

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I’ll be the first to admit that knitting a Lopi sweater as summer advances doesn’t make *perfect* sense, but I am loving working on Tundra. If you think it’s one you might enjoy (it offers a wide range of both women’s and men’s sizes), I can order yarn for you through Berroco’s Drop Ship program, which is still in place. You can view all of the Léttlopi colors hereTundra calls for a main color and two contrast colors.


Luminary Socks

These socks for my sister are nearly complete. They won’t arrive in time for her birthday. Then again, you could argue that she miiiiiiight not need wool socks on the actual day (predicted high of 81 in Boston). While I often knit plain vanilla socks (64 stitches, slip-stitch heel flap, rounded wedge toe…), one thing about knitting patterned socks is that it makes progress on the second sock so much easier to track. With this pair, I made a mistake on the foot of the first sock, so I’m repeating it on the second, which gives me a great place to measure my progress from!

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