Socks, Socks, and More Socks!

What’s your oldest *active* unfinished object? (We’re not talking about things that are in hibernation here—I mean the things that get a little attention on a regular basis. Other than the Mountain Colors Throw that I’ve been working on during Project Circle, mine is this (second) sock, followed closely by this other (second) sock! See below for more sock-related inspiration!

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Classes starting this week, and a peek at the past

A few words about classes starting this week….

Age of Brass & Steam: You know how many shawls start with those mystifying instructions for a “garter tab”? Sign up for this class, and get some tips and tricks to help you master the technique. The pattern uses about 200yards of a DK weight yarn, so it makes a great one-skein accessory project. You’ll also learn a bit about shawl shaping, and there are easy eyelet rows to add interest. The pattern also features M1L and M1R prominently, so we’ll work on approaching them with confidence, and hopefully learn the skills to work them without referring back to the instruction.

The High Relief Cables Hat has interest whether you’ve knit cables for years, or are dipping your toes in the water. Did we mention that it is reversible? Why does that matter? I mean most of us can put a hat on right side out, most of the time. (Most of the time.) But what about scarves? This technique is adaptable to any situation where you want both sides to look good. (Think about the possibilities for knit-as-you-go edging on a cardigan front.

With the cabled hat class, there is a small amount of pre-class knitting, so if you’d like to join us, let’s get you signed up early in the week so you have a chance to knit a bit before Saturday’s class!

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World Wide Knit in Public Day -- Saturday, 2-5pm

World Wide Knit in Public Day is THIS Saturday, 2-5pm. I know—it’s a busy Saturday for many!—but it’s a fun chance to participate in a truly international event. Since its beginnings in 2005, when there were 25 Knit In Public events, it has grown to over a thousand events in more than fifty countries.

Whether you can join us for ten minutes or the afternoon, I hope you can come by! We’ll have some snacks and a door prize. If you have a lightweight camping chair, bring it along, and don’t forget your sunscreen!

(If you’d like to make a day of it, there is still space in Saturday’s Make-and-Take Wall Hanging class, which offers both knit and crochet possibilities. And we get to have Sandy stay for some knitting in public!)

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The OTHER Sweater Weather

As we ease into warmer weather, wardrobes change over to spring and summer clothes, and our heavier sweaters take a few months off. While it’s generally unnecessary to wash wool garments after each wear, it *is* best practice to make sure they are clean prior to storing them for any length of time. Warmer temps and drier air help handwashed items dry faster, which is a major bonus in my book. See below for a few tips on garment care.

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Slow Crawl begins Friday!

Visiting Yarn Folk for the Slow Yarn Crawl PNW? The shop pattern for Slow Crawlers is Snowtracks. Featuring cables on the back of the hand and framing the lifeline-style thumb gusset increases, these mittens are available in three sizes and use two balls of one of our favorite yarns, HiKoo Kenzie.

The Slow Crawl begins on May 24th, and continues through the summer, ending on September 2nd. Whether you’re a traveling Crawler passing through, or a Yarn Folk regular exploring the region during your summer travels, Yarn Folk is excited to be part of your Slow Crawl experience!

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Start planning: oliveknits 4 Day KAL

We’ll have more information soon, but just a heads up that Marie Greene’s 4 Day Sweater Knitalong is returning this July, and the pattern pre-launch is May 23rd. From May 23rd until June 26th, the pattern will be $8; after the pre-order period it will be $9. Full pattern will be available on June 27th, but during the pre-launch period you’ll get photos of the pattern, the knitalong itinerary, yarn details, and swatching info.

You can learn more here. Once the pre-launch happens, we’ll start talking about yarn quantities and recommended yarns. have it on good authority that we’ve got some nice options in the shop!

Stay tuned, mark your calendar, and remember that the timeline is only for fun—if it’s fun FOR YOU. Watching the activity in Marie’s Facebook group, there have been beautiful sweaters knit in four days, and others that took many months! Either way is fine, but we’ll plan on hosting a couple of work parties during the official KAL period.

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#MeMadeMay2019 & Girls Night Out (This Thursday)

Girls Night Out, presented by the Ellensburg Downtown Association, is this Thursday, May 9th, from 5-9pm. Join us for regular Thursday social knitting, with some extra flair—refreshments, including truffles from Roslyn Candy Company, 20% off selected kits, an in-store door prize, and of course, your purchases qualify you to win one of the event-wide gift baskets, filled with prizes from all participating locations. With warm weather predicted for the week ahead, step out to enjoy an evening of shopping with your downtown merchants!

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Sharing the LYS Love!

The second annual Local Yarn Store Day was a fun, hopping day at Yarn Folk. While most of the free pattern offers have expired, I ordered enough yarn to ensure that some of the fun would be available even if you couldn’t make it to the shop for the event. Above, is Knitted Wit’s Worsted in “LYS Giggles,” and there are more pics below.

You can see Saturday’s patterns here. Designers were generous in sharing them with shops for LYS Day, but they can still be purchased on Ravelry—and there are some fun choices!

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Saturday is LYS Day!

The second annual Local Yarn Store Day is a project of The National Needlearts Association's Yarn Group, and we want to highlight what is special about shopping in an independent yarn shop. See the color up close, without screens changing it. Squeeze it, pet it. See it knit up into something fabulous, feel the crocheted fabric. Get help, take a class. Spend time with friends, new and old, who love yarn, too.

What will you find at Yarn Folk this year?

  • New Grand Canyon colorway from Dream in Color, with coordinating semi-solids, all on a Blue Faced Leicester/Cashmere/Silk fingering weight base

  • Limited edition 2019 LYS Love colorway from Frabjous Fibers

  • NEW Glow Up Kits from Knitted Wit to use with any of these patterns (patterns sold separately)

  • LYS Giggles color way on Knitted Wit Worsted, with pattern code for Squishiest Ever Hat & Cowl

  • Pattern booklet from Berroco (while supplies last)

  • Free pattern codes courtesy of Plymouth Yarns

  • Free pattern for Sanborn Socks with any Blue Sky Fiber Woolstok purchase

  • Magical Thinking, a new pattern from Casapinka, Stacked from Becca Anderson, Riotous Shawl from Jessica Correa, and PEEP Show or Gustav Cowl from Laura Rasmussen when you purchase yarn for the project

  • Selected pattern books and magazines, $1 each

And there could be more! We’re still seeing designers pop in with great pattern offers.

I hope to see you on April 27th! Local Yarn Shops are special because we have customers like YOU!

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Thank you!

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

For your well wishes, for your love of beautiful yarns, for sharing your fantastic projects, and for your contributions to our diaper/hygiene drive, the Click for Babies purple hat project, and Knitted Knockers!

We just might have to do this again next year!

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Celebrate Yarn Folk's 6th Anniversary!

April 13th marks Yarn Folk’s sixth anniversary in Ellensburg, so we have a few fun ways we’re marking the occasion, from April 12-14:

This year, you have four possible ways to earn a spin of the discount randomizer:

  1. Bring in diapers/diapering supplies/women’s hygiene products, which will be donated to local food banks. OR

  2. Bring in a purple newborn hat for the Click for Babies parent education project, which provides parents of newborns information and resources to navigate the difficult period of “purple crying” many babies experience. (Crafting guide can be found here.) Hats are distributed locally. OR

  3. Bring in a Knitted Knocker. Yarn Folk will pay to mail them to the central distribution point in Bellingham. The resource page for making Knitted Knockers is here, and several versions of the pattern, along with a list of approved yarns. OR

  4. Wear a project made from yarn purchased at Yarn Folk and get your photo taken for our social media pages!

For me, one of the most important aspects of owning Yarn Folk is the opportunity to foster community, and I wanted to take this opportunity to amplify the ways we can help each other (with a side of showing off some of your fabulous projects!).

In addition, there will be an in-store door prize, a small thank you gift, and (fingers crossed) we should have a trunk show of gorgeous garments and accessories in Woolstok from Blue Sky Fibers!

Hope to see you this weekend!

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Slow Crawl Passports & Pins are here--stay tuned for summer fun!

More details will be emerging in the next couple of months, but Yarn Folk is participating in the 2019 Pacific Northwest Slow Crawl. If you’re traveling this summer, there’s fun to be had supporting the participating shops, with incentives for visiting all or just a few. Find more details at www.slowcrawl.com, and watch this space for further details.

In the meantime, Passports are available for $10 each, and Slow Crawl pins are $6 each! Slow Crawl begins on May 24th, and continues all summer, ending September 2nd.

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Video tour of the Malabrigo wall

I did a little rearranging of the yarns on the Wall of Malabrigo, and decided to record a short video to walk you through what’s there. Of course, these rich and complex colors are best seen (and squished) in person.

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Time to pick favorites!

Mason Dixon Knitting’s annual nod to the NCAA-style basketball tournament is back, and it’s time to cast your votes for the best knitting patterns of 2018!


There are four categories: pullovers, cardigans, neck and shoulders, and head and hands. Beginning March 21st, you get to pick your eight favorites from each category. Round Two will ask you to narrow your choices to your favorite four in each category, and so on, until the Championship Round pits the winners of each category against each other from April 5-7. The bracket, along with Ann Shayne and Kaye Gardiner's notes on why each pattern was included in the bracket are here, but I like bigger thumbnail images, so I assembled a Ravelry bundle. Of the sixty-four patterns, the “previously seen at Yarn Folk” designs are The Shift and Ephemeris, but so many of these great patterns were already in my favorites before I added them to the March Mayhem 2019 bundle. Still there were lots of new favorites to explore! Pick a fave, and let’s find some yarn to get your needles flying!

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Send help!

I wasn’t looking for a new project! Now I need to be talked into—or out of—making Arcana. The pros? Well, it’s gorgeous, and combines easy brioche lace with garter stitch mosaic, and the opportunity to play around with three different colors. The cons? It’s a rectangle, and I have a complicated relationship with rectangles.

I haven’t decided for sure whether I am going to cast on, but obviously I’m having fun playing with possible color combos!

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Send pics for WIP Wednesday!

It’s always fun to see WIP Wednesday pop up online, so I have a proposition for you. Send me pix of your Yarn Folk projects in progress, and I will share them on the Yarn Folk Instagram and Facebook feeds on Wednesdays.

And if you need help with photography, pop in and I’ll assist with snapping a few shots. Let’s see what you’ve been working on!

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Throwback…Tuesday?

One of the #28DaysofYourLYS prompts last week was “Throwback Thursday.,” and another was “Another View.” It was pretty shocking to me to remember the inventory I started with—the day I opened, I hadn’t even installed any grid wall to be able to hang skeins of yarn on. (In my defense, I did get cajoled into opening two or three weeks before I planned to.) Comparing pics before there were pictures, before there was yarn, when there was *some* yarn, and now, it reminds me how, through it all, it’s the knitters and crocheters who make the shop what it is. So thank you!

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snowpocalypse

As of Saturday, things weren’t that bad in town. However, a person couldn’t get to Ellensburg from Yakima, or Wenatchee, or Spokane, and the roads headed in from the west weren’t great. Since nobody was going anywhere fast, I expect your needles and hooks were blazing ;) If you ran out of yarn, come see me—I’ll hook you up!

For myself, both my projects are in the home stretch, so long as you define “home stretch” as meaning knitting two full length sleeves in stockinette (12” circulars, or Flexi Flips? hmmmmm), and knitting the final two sections of an ever-increasing triangular shawl. I do find myself ready for something with a bit of piquancy to punctuate the long sessions of auto-pilot knitting on the horizon. Definitely casting about for something new to CAST ON!

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Treasure hunt this weekend!

Returning from a trip is always a bit dizzying. For me, even a short disruption to my regular routines is enough to make me feel wobbly. Today, I “discovered” a cup of coffee in the carafe at nearly eleven a.m.—despite the fact that Mark makes extra for me every morning.

The National Needlearts Association tradeshow was invigorating and thoroughly enjoyable. In addition to checking out the vendors’ wares, I got to see people I see infrequently, met a few online friends, and attended several classes. Business education was added to the event for the first time in 2015, when I attended the show in Phoenix, and the opportunity to learn alongside other shop owners is one of my favorite things.

Heartfelt thanks to Liz for looking after the shop while I was away. Despite the fact that my point of sale system locked up less than an hour after the adventure began, she took care of every little thing for the duration. I stopped to pick up my computer and some paperwork on my way home from Portland, and everything was in tip-top shape. I couldn’t be more grateful for her competent help!

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