New tricks, a landscape, and casting on

Above is how I close the gap left after binding off in the round—I decided to video it after Marie Greene shared her method in the Olive Knits weekly email. The two methods are quite similar, but have enough variation to be intriguing! One of my favorite things about knitting is the seemingly infinite number of ways we come up with to accomplish the same task!

(Forgive the background noise—I’m a liiiiiiittle worried about the belt drive in my washing machine….)

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Side projects

The round table at Yarn Folk has seen many projects, and even more topics of conversation. It’s been in the shop since the beginning, and was purchased from CWU surplus. I’ve been told by several reliable sources that it used to be a library table (and last I checked there was a piece of petrified gum still stuck underneath).

I’ve never been a big fan of the golden oak stain, so over the next little bit, I’ll be stripping it. It will be functional in between stages, but will likely look beat-up in new ways for awhile.

Hope to see you around the table soon!

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One month until the Kittitas County Fair!

The 2019 Kittitas County Fair is just about a month away! Online and in person entries are accepted from August 1st through August 15, and the late entry period is from August 16-18 for online entries and August 16-25 or in person entries. There is no cost to enter during the regular entry period, and the fee for late entry is only $3. The Fair 101 - How to Enter guide can be found here.

As always, there is no penalty if you don't submit your items! So if you think you might like to enter an item in the fair, go ahead and do it! You can always change your mind later. (Right now? You don’t even need to be DONE with your projects!)

Home Arts exhibits are received in the Home Arts building between 10am and 7pm on Friday, August 23rd. Pick up is on September 2nd (Labor Day), from 6-8pm.

You can find the complete Exhibitor's Guide here. Enter your things--it's fun to see a big range of projects on display, and that only happens if you participate!

(Not a resident of Kittitas County? Here are links to info for the Central Washington State Fair, Chelan County, Grant County and The Puyallup. (Douglas County deadlines have passed.)

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Join Liz for Project Circle on Friday!

Welcome Liz back to the shop Friday afternoon and Saturday—I’ll be off on a small adventure with Mr. Yarn Folk, as he participates in the White River 50 race near Mt. Rainier. He’ll do the hard part, I’ll provide clean socks and fresh water, and lots and lots of snacks a few times throughout the day—and otherwise hang out and knit and read on a mountain. If I have a cell connection, I’ll post a few #placesyoucanknit photos!

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Coming Soon: Berroco Fall Yarn Tastings

The Berroco Yarn Tasting returns for Fall! While it was great fun to have a huge group last time, this time around, I’ll be offering two (slightly) smaller sessions—Wednesday, August 14th, 5-7pm, and Friday, August 23rd, 5-7 pm. The fee is $12 and includes refreshments and knittable sample balls of six different yarns. There will be a combined door prize for both sessions—a nice kit containing a pattern booklet and several balls of one of the yarns. This was a popular event in the spring—sign up early to secure your spot!

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Summer Sweater Knitting

Yarn Folk will be closed on July 4th, but catch me on Instagram or Facebook for progress updates on the first day of the Olive Knits 4 Day KAL! I’ll be casting on for the Foxtrot Cardigan, and posting pictures throughout the day! The fun will continue on Friday, when I’ll host a work party at Yarn Folk from 1-7pm.

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July 4th holiday, and some words about Ravelry

Yarn Folk will be closed on July 4th, but catch me on Instagram or Facebook for progress updates on the first day of the Olive Knits 4 Day KAL! I’ll be casting on for the Foxtrot Cardigan, and posting pictures throughout the day! The fun will continue on Friday, when I’ll host a work party at Yarn Folk from 1-7pm.

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Trilogy Yarns Trunk Show this Saturday, June 29th!

Getting closer! If you’re joining us for Olive Knits’ 4 Day Knitalong and have already purchased your pattern, you should see the full pattern arrive in your Ravelry library on Thursday, June 27th! This gives you time to review the pattern and do any preparation you like (highlighting your size, reviewing any stitches or techniques you’re not familiar with, etc) before the official cast on date — July 4th.

There’s always camaraderie, plenty of inspiring progress photos, and more (including prizes!) in the Olive Knits Facebook group, which you can find here. Designer Marie Greene is active in the group during the KAL, and the group’s moderators have been making their sweaters in advance in order to help participants with questions that might crop up.

Don’t forget, although Yarn Folk will be closed on July 4th, I’ll be casting on, and posting progress updates throughout the day, and we’ll have two work parties during the KAL period—one the day after cast on, July 5th, from 1-7pm, and then again a week later, July 12th, also from 1-7pm.

Last but not least, remember that the time frame of this KAL is only intended as a fun personal challenge. There’s a “sliding size timeline” to account for the different number of stitches in different sweaters, and you’re encouraged to count your time in a way that makes sense for you! Ten half-days for a size 40, spread out during the KAL? Sure! Glue yourself to your knitting for four consecutive days? Only if it feels right for you. Count up your hours and apply them toward your total challenge hours? Also fine. The important thing is to have fun with it, and enjoy the company of a community of people knitting together!

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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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