Scenes from the fair, The Fibre Co. Lore, and Woolstok Tweed

September 06, 2022

Scenes from the fair, The Fibre Co. Lore, and Woolstok Tweed

 

I hope you enjoyed the late-summer hurrah that is Labor Day Weekend. We made a little time to enjoy the Kittitas County Fair again on Friday evening, and I made a slide show of what caught my eye. (Mostly fiber-y things, of course!)

    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"


    CURRENT CLASSES & EVENTS

    In-Person Social Stitching

    September 10 & 24

    (2nd & 4th Saturdays of the month), 2-4 pm

    September 21

    (3rd Wednesdays, May-October), 5-8 pm

    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!

    FiberFest in the Valley

    Saturday, October 1 

    9am-4pm Teanaway Room at the Kittitas County Fairgrounds

    Yarn Folk will be participating in the Vendor Show all day. In addition to the marketplace, the FiberFest offers a fleece sale, shearing demonstrations, classes, equipment sales, and a spinning circle--plus the opportunity to talk with lots of folks committed to the vitality of fiber-related pursuits.

    Yarn Folk will also be open on this date.

    Have a Ball Fall Crawl

    The virtual crawl is back for its third year! Registration is now live here, and an exciting addition to the schedule is a chat with Joji Locatelli to open the Crawl. Yarn Folk will be live on Sunday, October 2, at 10:45 PDT / 1:45 PDT. The crawl will be held entirely on Zoom this year, and you'll get links to recordings so you can catch up on an presentations you can't watch live. And as with previous years, you'll have lots of opportunities to win door prizes!

    Friday, Saturday, Sunday, September 23, 24, 25 

    Saturday & Sunday, October 1 & 2

    Yarn Folk: October 2, 10:45am PST / 1:45pm EST

     

    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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    ...to anticipate

     

    It was a busy week! We received a much-anticipated shipment from The Fibre Co. with nearly every color of Lore! (A couple are on back order, and due this month.) Lore hails from England’s historical textile region, West Yorkshire, and is 100% Romney lambswool (also known as Kent lamb). It's a robust woolen-spun DK weight yarn that blooms beautifully after washing. It's a prime candidate colorwork. Because Romney is a long-wool, garments made from Lore will be long-wearing. While it doesn't have the silky soft feel of Merino, I tucked a swatch I knit into my collar prior to ordering, and forgot about it until I went looking for the swatch. 

    We also received Woolstok Tweed, which launched last Thursday. Woolstok Tweed is a substantial aran weight yarn--in fact, it borders on chunky or bulky. The Portland Cap is a one-skein project, and it works up super fast. The Woolstok Tweed palette is built on colors drawn from nature, and the tweedy neps enhance the earthy vibe.

     

    And we also have three colorways of the Woolstok Mini Bundles! Order individually, or as the featured player in the Ellensburg Cowl Kits*.  And just a note--while I don't like using scarcity scare tactics to sell yarn, the Fall Festival Mini Bundle is a limited offering from Blue Sky, and they are sold out at the wholesale leve. Bramble and Fig will be available again, but not until the end of the year, or early in 2023. 

    *Blue Sky is based in Minnesota, and the Ellensburg Cowl was one of a series of patterns featuring Pacific Northwest place names. We're glad it's such a wearable design, in a yarn that we stock!

    We also stocked new Stitch Stoppers--adorable point protectors that fit needles sized US 2-11, and added new notions from Katrinkles, including the Stitch Markers of the Month for September.

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    …to inspire

     

     

    I loved this blog post from Emily of Tin Can Knits -- 101 Reasons Not to Knit. (Lots of great stuff on the Tin Can Knits site...)

    📸: Tin Can Knits

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    ...to stitch 

     

    I got straight to work on a sample in the Fashion Modern Tweed Aran this week, and on larger needles, it's flying. (The pattern calls for 15 stitches and 23 rows on US 10 needles; I got gauge on US 9s.) The pattern offers three shaping options: A-line, waist-shaped, or straight; I'm making the A-line option (as one of my all-time favorite sweaters, the Spruce Point Pullover features that silhouette). Not a pullover enthusiast? There's also the Ramona Cardigan.


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