10,000 New Knitters

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On Saturday, November 10, Yarn Folk will join with Skacel Knitting and other local yarn shops in encouraging the efforts of 10,000 New Knitters!

What we are providing: a limited number of kits containing a 50g ball of Sueno Worsted, a pair of size 8 knitting needles, and a pattern for simple handwarmers at no charge.

What we are asking: that anyone who takes one of these kits teaches a newbie, on Saturday, November 10th, if at all possible. And please post photos online with the hashtags #10000NewKnitters and #yarnfolk. If you are a newbie yourself, you can still pick up a kit—there is video support at 10000NewKnitters.com.

At Yarn Folk, we’ll have ten kits available on a first-come, first-served basis, limit one per customer. Saturday hours are 10am-5pm. Join us in sharing your love of knitting with someone who wants to learn. And if the official day doesn’t work for you, remember that beginning knitting is offered on a drop-in basis at Yarn Folk every Tuesday, 5-7pm—$10 per session, plus materials!

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...to learn

 
 above: Wonderful Wallaby, below: Knitted Wit Smarties (mini skeins) and Anthology hat in progress

above: Wonderful Wallaby, below: Knitted Wit Smarties (mini skeins) and Anthology hat in progress

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CURRENT CLASSES & EVENTS

Wonderful Wallaby

November 7, 14, 21, 28, 5:00pm-7:00pm | $40 + materials | Ann Miner

The Wonderful Wallaby is the knitted version of a classic hooded sweatshirt. It is knit in the round from the bottom up until the hood, which is knit back and forth. The stitches for the pouch pocket are picked up from the body, and knit back and forth. Sleeve shaping is done via raglan decreases. Sizing is child’s size 2-12.

Prerequisites: You should be comfortable casting on, knitting, purling, and casting off, and should be familiar with a method for knitting small tubes—double points, two circulars, or magic loop.

Anthology KAL

November 2, 9, 16, 23, 5:00pm-7:00pm | Materials only [IN PROGRESS, but feel free to join us any time!]

We’ll be using the free Anthology pattern from Tin Can Knits to design unique colorwork hats or cowls. Just like the Strange Brew sweater recipe, Anthology offers a wide variety of sizes, and three gauge options. Held in the knitalong format, there will be no charge to participate beyond purchase of materials.

Above: I’m thinking of doing a fingering weight hat using the Knitted Wit Smarties with a main color. It’s great fun to play around with a bunch of different combinations!

Prerequisites: You should be comfortable knitting, purling, casting on, and binding off. If you don’t have previous experience with two-color knitting, plan for adventure—help will be available, but this knitalong is not a formal class.

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...to anticipate

 How it started

How it started

 How it ended

How it ended

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 How it felt. (Note: while this was going on,  Mr. Yarn Folk  was handing out 40 pounds of candy to 1800ish trick-or-treaters…)

How it felt. (Note: while this was going on, Mr. Yarn Folk was handing out 40 pounds of candy to 1800ish trick-or-treaters…)

So much great new stuff this week—all 21 colors of Blue Sky Fibers Woolstok, project bags, and 21 Color Slouch Kits. All colors are available in 50g hanks; eight of the neutral (ish) colors are also availabe in 150g hanks. There are two styles of project bags at very affordable prices—the Pretty Cheep bags, featuring silk-screened birds, and the Upcycled Project Bags, available in a variety of vintage fabrics.

 Apple Fiber Studio Jonagold & Appletini

Apple Fiber Studio Jonagold & Appletini

And that’s not all! We also received a shipment from Apple Fiber Studios, with Jonagold (merino/cashmere/nylon) and Appletini (sparkly superwash merino). These are both DK yarns, with 231yds per skein, and could be used separately or together!

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...to inspire

 
 Cromwell Pullover in Blue Sky Fibers Woolstok

Cromwell Pullover in Blue Sky Fibers Woolstok

Woolstok is 100% fine highland wool, with a soft hand and beautiful lightness to it. My company rep, Beverly, loaned me her Cromwell Sweater, and I can’t wait to make Fernet Branca (which I can start as soon as I finish Zweig)! It’s a popular choice for color work sweaters (like Humulus and The Throwback)—and would be great for the Tin Can Knits Strange Brew “recipe.” Need more inspiration for working with this fantastic new choice? Take a look at pattern suggestions here.

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...to stitch

 
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Zweig, finally!

It didn’t take an exorbitant amount of time, really, it’s just that fingering weight sweaters do actually take longer. Something about there being more stitches. But Zweig is finished, if a bit damp, and it is a lovely design that was a pleasure to knit.

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