Cowl + Mitts = ❤️

I was on a mission: make a matching set out of a single skein of Mountain Colors River Twist. Achievement unlocked!

Cowl pattern: Slipped Stitch Goodin Cowl

Mitts: Malabrigo Hand Thingies

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Rain City Baby

Rain City Baby is Holli Yeoh’s interesting pattern that joins the pieces with picked up garter strips instead of seams. This one is in Plymouth Yarn Company’s Jeannée cotton blend; it would be cute in wool, too. 
   

 

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#shoplocal

Amazon Prime Day? How about Meadowcroft Midweek? #shoplocal and check out this gorgeous new sock yarn from Meadowcroft Dyeworks. 25% nylon if that’s your preference for socks, 100% gorgeous color for whatever else you might dream up… Father Dave and son Will are a dyeing team working in Pennsylvania.
  

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Entrelac class next Saturday!

Take a couple of hours next Saturday (July 18th) and treat yourself to a new technique! Sandy Buzzelli will be teaching the Entrelac Scarf class from 10:00am-1:30pm, so you can get in a little fun learning time and still have the whole weekend ahead of you.

Entrelac creates a fabric that looks like woven strips, but is worked contiguously. It is especially well-suited to yarns with longer color repeats. The class sample uses Plymouth Gina.

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If you saw the Entrelac shawl (pattern here) posted on my Facebook page when I was highlighting some loaned shop models made from Schoppelwolle’s Zauberball, you’ll have seen an especially lovely application of the technique. If you missed it, I’ll repost the pic below.

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Class is $35 plus materials. Call, email, or call to enroll!

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Unbreakable.

It’s 101 degrees out there, so I thought, you know, I should finish a sweater.

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I even went so far as to put it on.

This is my sixth CustomFit sweater, and it is a lightly modified version of Inlet, one of Amy Herzog’s basic designs from the CustomFit Winter/Spring 2015 Collection. My changes were to make the sleeves full length, instead of three-quarters, and to add the stripe sequence from this cardigan, worn by the title character on the Netflix series, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”

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I got stalled in a couple of places on this project. It features twisted 1×1 ribbing for all of the edgings, and when I started the back, I got distracted, and twisted the wrong stitches on more than one occasion. I knew it needed to be pulled out and started again, but it took me awhile to stop being annoyed with myself. Another small problem had to do with weaving in the ends as I went along. On the whole, that was a very, very, very good idea. However, since the pink stripes were only two rows deep, both ends were trapped in the same row, causing the stitches for those stripes to be distorted for several inches. I thought (hoped, anyway) that it would block out. It didn’t. (For the wider oatmeal and navy stripes, the ends were trapped in different rows, and there is no noticeable indication on right side of the fabric.) The solution for the pink stripes was to pick out the ends, and weave them in separately. It was time-consuming, but I’m much happier with the results.

And the first time I worked the button band, I finished, smoothed it out, and realized that there weren’t enough stitches, and no amount of blocking was going to make it lay flat. (This was the one issue that wasn’t strictly user error–the button band pick-up ratio was 2 stitches to 3 rows (or .67)–which is a VERY common ratio for picking up stitches along a vertical edge. But when I calculated my own actual stitch to row ratio, it was .70. Since I also used smaller needles for the edging, I used the second most common vertical pick-up ratio of 3 stitches to 4 rows. That produced a better result.)

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I can’t lie to you. Seaming a sweater takes time. Even with stripes to help with the matching. But the garment has good structure, and is made to last. The set-in sleeves are tailored, and with a little advance planning, I was able to match the stripes between the body and sleeve pieces. (I’m very happy about that last bit.)

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I participated in an online training meeting last week with Amy and other shop owners who offer CustomFit. I’m always so impressed with the ways the CustomFit team is constantly trying to refine the program. Some things you wouldn’t notice if you didn’t know about the change–better user interfaces, or improvements to how the pattern engine responds when you tweak a pattern after it first combines your gauge, measurements, and design choices. Others are more noticeable–switching from using line drawings to using photographs to illustrate the basic designs. And still others are big changes that will really expand the way we can knit for ourselves and others–there are new silhouettes in the works that will make it possible to use CustomFit to knit for men and children, or to knit sweaters with a trapeze or A-line shape.

The enthusiasm and great ideas from other shop owners inspire me as well. Yvonne, who manages Natural Stitches in Pittsburgh, PA, is spearheading an effort to create a CustomFit trunk show to showcase more of the designs that are built into the program. Right now, participating shops are sending in proposals for which designs we’d like to make in which yarns, and once the sweaters have been knit and collected, they will start traveling between participating shops. Obviously, this won’t happen overnight, but it will be a great resource going forward!

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Batiste

When I traveled to Phoenix in January, one of the things I noticed was that every time I passed by Knit One Crochet Too, I instinctively reached out to touch the samples they’d brought in Batiste, a new introduction to their yarn lines. It is a sport weight wool (50%), linen (30%) and silk (20%) blend with the most amazing hand, and, as you would expect, beautiful drape. That blend of fibers gives it a heathery/tweedy look, with some lustre from the silk.

When I ordered it, they were waiting on a re-stocking shipment from Peru. Insert sad face here. But patience is a virtue, and they had enough of the Slate colorway on hand to send me a bag to work up a sample. I made Helene Rush’s Mock Lace Up Tee, and can report the following: the yarn is wonderful to knit with, the pattern is clearly written, and the finished fabric is comfortable to wear.

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Today, my favorite UPS driver brought a box with almost all the colors inside. (Caribe, a pretty turquoise, apparently didn’t hear the boarding call and is traveling separately. She is expected shortly.)

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While supplies last, I will have copies of the K1C2 patterns for this beautiful yarn available for free with purchase of the (relevant quantities) of yarn. Clockwise from top left:

Red Rose Cardi

Antiquity Scarf

Pyramid Tank

Mock Lace Up Tee

Annabella Tunic

It’s $12 per 208 yard/50g skein. I made the 35″ size of the Mock Lace Up Tee, knit to gauge (24 stitches/37 rows per 4″) on US 3 needles, and used just under four skeins. (That size calls for five.) Love, love, love it. It made a great garment, but it’s really well-suited to shawls and scarves, too.

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Mini Skeins

According to shop owner friends who just attended The National Needlearts Association summer trade show in Columbus, Ohio, mini skeins were everywhere.  We’ve been on board here at Yarn Folk for awhile, and this limited edition set from Frabjous Fibers and Wonderland Yarns just arrived.  It’s one of the prettiest gradients I’ve seen yet.

I think we will see more and more designs for mini skein sets, but Wonderland Yarns highlights a pattern every time they ship a new edition, so here are some current and past favorites:

Dotted Rays

Hallow Moon

Reverse Psychology

Antarktis

Westport Wrap

Spearmint Tea

Leftie (with a coordinating solid)

Little Sister’s Dress

Nymphalidaea (with a coordinating solid)

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Flash Sale — May 29, 30, 31

I’m having a spring cleaning attack. Mention you saw this posted at yarnfolk.com for an additional 5% off your total, including regular price items. (If you see this posted in multiple locations, THANK YOU so much, but I can only add the 5% off once!)

The following yarns will be 15% off:

Frog Tree Yarns Pediboo
80% washable Merino/20% bamboo, 255 yards in 100g skeins

Kollage Yarns Riveting
95% recycled cotton, 5% other, 350 yards in 100g skeins

Phydeaux Designs Buerre DK
100% superwash Merino wool, 230 yards in 100g skeins

Blue Ridge Yarns Footprints
100% superwash Merino, 400 yards in two coordinated skeins, 100g total

Dream in Color Smooshy with Cashmere
70% superwash Merino wool, 20% cashmere, 10% nylon, 400 yards in 100g skeins

Pagewood Farms Denali
80% Merino superwash/20% nylon, 450 yards in 100g skeins

The Yarns of Rhichard Devrieze Peppino
100% Merino, 225 yards in 65g skeins

PLEASE NOTE: sale prices are limited to stock on hand, and in several cases, I only have a few skeins of stock I would like to send to a good home prior to reordering. Shop early for the best selection!

But WAIT, there’s MORE…

55% off remaining stock of all Ella Rae Wools

Classic & Classic Heathers
100% wool, 219 yards in 100g skeins

Classic Superwash
100% superwash wool, 219 yards in 100g skeins

Classic Superwash Chunky
100% superwash wool, 121 yards in 100g skeins

Lace Merino
100% superwash wool, 460 yards in 100g skeins

Additionally, items in the Odd Balls bin (including remaining Clover Bamboo needles and marked down booklets and magazines will be reduced to this level –this weekend only.

Come help me get things tidied up!

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Teddy Sweater

Making things for little people is so fun–they are cute and so quick to finish!  This is the Teddy Sweater from Terri Kruse, aka Ninja8Tofu Designs.  I used Simplicity from Skacel’s HiKoo line.  It is a 55% Merino, 28% acrylic, and 17% nylon blend, and it is machine washable and dryable–this sweater was laundered with a regular load of knits at my house.  My project notes can be found here.

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Inspired by Ellensburg

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New fingering weight yarn from Cantering Crow Colorworks of Kent, WA!  Many of these are inspired by Ellensburg–there’s Spring Meadow, Cinnabar, Mt. Stuart, and the Yellow Church Cafe, along with Ellensburg Blues, Nootka Rose, Vintage Rodeo, and Hay Field.  The second photo shows the Scamper base, which is 80% Blue-faced Leicester blended with 20% nylon, and is a fingering weight with 400 yards per 100 grams.  The bottom photo shows Swish, 75% Blue-faced Leicester with 25% nylon.  It is also a fingering weight, with 464 yards per 100 grams.  I made Song of the Sea in Cinnabar Swish, and it’s a dream to work with.

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