The lessons continue

April 27, 2021

Split image of a partially completed deep plum sweater with brioche lapels on the left, and seven small hand wound balls on the right after the project was frogged in order to correct a catastrophic mistake.

Sundays are the day when I try to set things up so that the train will keep chugging along the track all week, and also when I try to spend some time working on projects, so they, too, keep moving. 

Last week, I was relieved to have worked Water Bearer to the point where the tricky bits were mostly complete. I'd marked my pattern with a key to the "at the same time" tasks left to accomplish, but the (top-down, contiguous shoulder) sweater was joined under the armscyes, and I'd worked several inches of the body.

And that's when I realized that when I'd waffled over which size I wanted to make, I hadn't clearly marked up the pattern. And so, at various points, I'd used numbers from BOTH sizes. And as a result, I had different numbers of stitches for the LEFT lapel, as compared to the RIGHT lapel.

I stared at the sweater for awhile. I mean, *I* hadn't noticed for all that time, right? It was more than I could abide, though--even though there are at least two more sweaters I desperately want to cast on, but not before finishing the body of this one, at least.

I sighed. I like knitting. I like brioche--a lot. I like a challenging pattern, and non-standard construction. And sometimes you have to take more than one swing at the ball. So I pulled it all out, and I started again. (And for what it is worth, it's all much clearer this time, and I found a completely different error.)

It will be okay. It smarted a little, but I think this sweater and I will be friends in the end. 

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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, April 29, 4:00-6:00pm OR open Zoom and enter 981-942-707 for the meeting ID


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Upcoming Temporary Schedule Changes:

Thursday, May 6, 2021 7am - 2pm (closing 90 minutes early)

Friday, May 7, 2021 CLOSED


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Seven cakes of tweedy, multicolored, self-striping cotton blend yarn. Six of the cakes are arranged in a pyramid formation, while one is offset to the right. They are on a grey surface, with what appears to be siding with peeling white paint in the background.


 Berroco's Summer Sesame is a variation on the original Sesame--still tweedy, still gently self-striping, but this time in a cotton blend. There are seven tempting patterns designed for this yarn, but consider the patterns for Sesame, too--in addition to knit and crochet patterns, there's also a pattern for a woven scarf.

Outside of Berroco's excellent design support, Joji Locatelli's Understated (from the Boxy family) is one of the projects I'm eager to start once the body of Water Bearer is done for real!yarnfolk dividing line (2).png


…to inspire

An aqua and white striped poncho, with pink neck and hem edges. The upper portion of the yoke (above the main striped section) is solid aqua.


Did you know that April 30th is National Bubble Tea Day? No? Me, neither. However, designer Casapinka is in the mood to mark the occasion with a free pattern offer with purchase of the DK weight yarn to knit the pattern. We've assembled kits for NONCHO from three of our favorite DKs--Murky Depths Neptune DK, Neighborhood Fiber Co. Studio DK, and Malabrigo Arroyo--and between 3-color and 2-color versions in seven sizes, there are a range of price points. 

You will receive a free pattern code for use on Ravelry, when you purchase yarn between today and Saturday at 6 pm PST, and the code must be redeemed on Ravelry before the end of the day on Sunday. 

The pattern is straightforward stockinette, which just a dash of texture, some stripes, and some chevron shaping to keep things interesting! Take a look at the yarn possibilities here.yarnfolk dividing line (2).png stitch

Partially completed brioche upper lapel and stockinette stitch back, plus pattern page marked with the correct size.



Proof that while Waterbearer is somehow smaller than it was last week, it is still a going concern!


Temperance Shawl

The Malabrigo Temperance Shawl KAL is winding down for many, but I still have many peaceful rows to work. These three colors are from a new color collection that will be rolling out mid-summer--I've had a peek, and it will be so much fun to have a new palette to play with!

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