Introducing TOPAZ + the Have a Ball Fall Crawl!

September 14, 2021

Introducing TOPAZ + the Have a Ball Fall Crawl! Yarn Folk


Have you registered for the Have a Ball Fall Crawl yet?  Over the next two weekends, Yarn Folk and 35 other local yarn shops in the US and Canada will be hosting a virtual yarn crawl.

Will it be free? YEP.

Will there be prizes? SURE WILL.

How about kits and special offerings from each shop? OF COURSE!

The inaugural Have a Ball Fall Crawl was presented in 2020, and was organized by a group of shop owners who share ideas and support. While the group existed prior to the pandemic, the challenges all of us have faced during the past 18 months have strengthened our camaraderie and commitment to mutual support. The HABFC is an expression of that!

Zoom will be the primary platform for the crawl, and it will also be broadcast to Facebook Live. Register now to get all of the info, and you can find the full schedule here.

Yarn Folk will be presenting at 9 AM PDT/12 PM EDT on Sunday, September 26. I hope you will join us! 

Current open hours are Monday - Friday, 7am-3:30pm, and Saturdays, 9am-3pm.

In-store shopping: masks are REQUIRED for all guests over age 2. Thanks for your help in keeping my business open to the public!

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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, August 19th, 4:00-6:00pm OR open Zoom and enter 981-942-707 for the meeting ID



Have a Ball Fall Crawl

September 17-19 & September 24-26, 2021

Yarn Folk: September 26 @ 9am PDT (12pm EDT)

Join Yarn Folk and 35 other amazing shops across North America for a virtual crawl! More info and registration at

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One of my shop chores is recycling the cardboard boxes from incoming orders. By the time I finally finished unpacking boxes last week, my vehicle's cargo space was FULL. What does that mean to you? NEW YARN. More than I can introduce all at once--let's start with Topaz, new this fall from Berroco.

Topaz is a slightly thick-and-thin blend of wool, alpaca, and nylon. To be honest, I wasn't predisposed to like it--until I swatched with it! It creates a fabric with just a hint of texture, and it is deliciously soft. The pattern collection Berroco has put together for this yarn is appealing. There are three patterns that use modular knitting techniques to highlight Topaz's gradual color shifts. Marit is an entrelac shawl that will be the fall knitalong in the Berroco Maker's Facebook group--it takes three skeins of Topaz, and pattern is free with yarn purchase. The KAL will run from October 1-31, with lots of camaraderie and support in the Berroco FB group.  Liva is a longer cardigan with modular squares for the back panel and pockets, and Fenne is a squishy garter stitch blanket.

Two more sweaters and a cowl round out the collection. Vajen is a short-sleeved top perfect for layering, and Rika is a long sleeve pullover with a fun button detail at the sleeves. Dunya is an infinity cowl that combines with the silk/mohair Aerial, and can easily be made as a traditional scarf instead. 

To see these patterns in motion, check out Berroco's Virtual Trunk Show for Topaz! And if you purchase three or more skeins of Topaz in the shop or online, you will receive a code for a free copy of the Marit pattern.


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…to inspire


Well, that escalated quickly. If you saw a previous version of this photo, the two hanks of Malabrigo Rios were not yet wound. Here, both Pearl Ten and Primavera are wound into cakes, and I've completed the set-up rows for The Tranquil Hat's tubular cast on. The hat is knit in the round, but I prefer starting the Italian tubular method on straight needles a few sizes smaller than the ribbing needles. 
If you're captivated by this fun, geometric colorwork pattern, choose two contrasting skeins of Rios and go! I posted a few other combinations on Instagram--Teal Feather + Glazed Carrot, Natural + Cereza, Kris + Ivory, Hollyhock + Syrah Grapes, and Marte + Niebla--but any high-contrast combination will highlight this design.
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Did I start a top-down sweater at our outdoor social last week? I did. Have I subsequently counted to make sure I have the right stitch counts for the front, the back, and both sleeves of Isabel Kraemer's The Purl Code? I have not. Keep your fingers crossed for me.

The Purl Code allows the knitter to decide when and where to insert purl stitches. I'm allowing Topaz to dictate that for me, purling stitches when I come to one of the thicker sections of yarn. It's kind of fun not *really* being in charge.... 

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