Sending squishy yarn love

October 20, 2020

Sending squishy yarn love Yarn Folk


What goes into a package filled with knit or crochet dreams? (Some call it yarn.)

Back in April when I was madly scrambling to come up with a way to continue selling yarn while Yarn Folk was closed to the public, using materials I had on hand was my most viable option. I appreciate everyone who gracefully accepted their orders sent in re-used mailers, which I'd never been able to discard. Happily, I did eventually use them all, and at that point, I needed to think about what kind of packing materials made sense for the future. 

Here's what we are doing to protect the environment:

  • We're using poly mailers, as their light weight keeps shipping prices low and minimizes fuel consumed in transport. Our current stock of medium size mailers are fully recyclable (where service is available) and are made from 50% post-consumer recycled material. Our smaller and larger mailers are made from 100% recycled materials. (Once current stock of the medium size is depleted, we will switch to the 100% recycled option.)
  • Tissue paper used to wrap products is 100% recycled. Yarn is repurposed from project leftovers.
  • Beginning this week, shipping labels are printed with a direct thermal printer (which doesn't require ink). The labels are recyclable (though not recycled); the liner paper is recyclable with other paper.  
  • Occasionally, we will either reuse cardboard boxes or use USPS packaging. Please reuse or recycle!

Keep shopping in person and online at's nothing like providing you with the supplies for your next project! 

Current open hours are Monday - Friday, 7am-3:30pm, and Saturdays, 9am-3pm. In-store shopping: mask covering nose and mouth required for the duration of your visit. Please note that the scheduling tool we were using is not currently available on the new platform--if you'd like to reserve a shopping time, please email me: We continue to be mindful about making it possible to maintain social distancing in the shop.

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…to learn (and do)


Social Stitching via Zoom 

Wednesday, October 21, 12:00-1:00pm OR open Zoom and enter 883-5111-1252 for the meeting ID

Thursday, October 22, 4:00-6:00pm OR open Zoom and enter 981-942-707 for the meeting ID

Friday, October 23, 12:00-1:00pm OR open Zoom and enter 741-980-568 for the meeting ID FELIX KAL INCLUDED HERE!


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 Casapinka is a one-woman knitalong MACHINE! This time, she is joining forces with our friends at Berroco to offer a knitalong for Sharon's Glamping Blanket. It uses Berroco Vintage Chunky (recently added to our shelves; see in-stock colors here). 

In addition to shopping from available stock, because Berroco is continuing the fantastic 123 Dropship program, we can also offer you the option to order exactly what you want through Yarn Folk, but have it sent directly to your home. 

To order one of Casapinka's recommended color combinations online, check out the details here. If you're interested in other color options, you can view the complete range of Vintage Chunky colors here, and contact me to set up a custom listing.


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…to inspire


The Fall Cowl KAL/CAL is here! I'm starting a Colormatic cowl in HiKoo Kenzie beetroot (1004), tamarillo (1011), saddleback (1020), and collingwood (1021).

Drop in to any of this week's Zoom sessions if you'd like to share your project, and if you post a pic on Instagram, use the hashtag #YarnFolkCowlKALCAL

And if you want to just email me a photo, please do! (Let me know if it is okay to share.)

Again, the four KAL/CAL patterns are

Colormatic (Knit)

Cobblestone Cowl (Crochet)

Dissent Cowl (Knit)

Dissent Cowl (Crochet)

And we will be knitting and crocheting along through November 15th! There's plenty of time to join in!

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I am rather enthusiastic on the subject of blocking. Blocking is magic, and at the barest minimum, it doesn't hurt a thing, Still, there have been several times while working on Matriochka when I stopped, looked at my knitting, and was very concerned that it looked good toward the beginning, but was distressingly uneven further on. Several times. You see where this is going, right? Yes, while the project won't get a full bath until it is complete, I've been steaming it prior to taking progress photos. And hey! it looks better in the sections that have had that treatment than those that are more freshly knitted. 

In any event, this weekend, I finished the body, using the sewn tubular cast off for the hem. On sleeve one, I've done the first of 11 sleeve decreases, and I might be able to execute Suzanne Bryan's technique for avoiding underarm holes without watching the video again! 🤞🤞🤞

Yarn is Kim Dyes Yarn Tartlet Sport.


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