Save the date(s)!

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More details will follow, but here are a few of the events you can look forward to at Yarn Folk during the rest of the year:

We’ll be closed on Thanksgiving Day, November 22nd, but will be back for Plaid Friday and Moments to Remember on Friday, November 23rd. Downtown Ellensburg welcomes you with special offers to reward you for shopping local, and shopping small!

On Small Business Saturday, November 24th, we will again be participating in Plymouth Yarn’s Local Yarn Shop promotion, which has been simplified this year—spend $50, and get $10 off your purchase. (Offer is limited to first 20 participating customers.)

Thursday, December 6, is Holiday Girls Night Out—join downtown merchants for treats, specials, raffles, and more. Once again, the Ellensburg Downtown Association is sponsoring free bus transportation from Yakima. Call the EDA at (509) 962-6246 to reserve your place on the bus.

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...to learn

 
above: Wonderful Wallaby, below: Anthology hat in progress

above: Wonderful Wallaby, below: 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.

Project Circle

November 30, 5:00pm-7:00pm | no charge

Join us to work on your longer term projects.

Santa’s Workshop

December 12, 14, 19, 21, 5:00pm-7:00pm | no charge

Whether you’re working on last-minute gifts or holiday ornaments, let Yarn Folk be your place to work among friends!

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...to anticipate

Restocked Berroco Ultra Wool, including more colors!

Restocked Berroco Ultra Wool, including more colors!

Everyone who has tried Berroco Ultra Wool has loved working with it. I’m knitting along with the Wonderful Wallaby class, making a new size 2 sample in cobalt and morning glory (a bright turquoise blue). I restocked the shelves with this order, and added a number of additional colors. The Boden Girl sample is hanging nearby, and don’t forget that it’s available in a five-color version, or one that uses only three colors.

Plymouth Yarn Aireado

Plymouth Yarn Aireado

Plymouth Aireado is a bulky weight brushed alpaca with yardage that goes on for days. Check out the sample I’m working on in “to stitch”! Spoiler alert: it feels like kittens.

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...to inspire

 
Yarn combo for Susan B. Anderson’s  Hiking Hat ?

Yarn combo for Susan B. Anderson’s Hiking Hat?

Are you knitting holiday gifts this year? If you are, mid-November is time to focus on smaller projects. I have Ravelry bundles to collect hat patterns, cowls, fingerless mitts and mittens, and scarves, and I add to them on a regular basis. Find just the right thing for someone in your life? Let’s pick out the perfect yarn!

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...to stitch

 
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Fernet Branca

I’ve been so excited to cast on Fernet Branca, and was convinced that Woolstok would be a perfect choice for it. The pattern recommends swatching for gauge in stockinette, the texture pattern, and the cable pattern—not only do you get a thorough check on your gauge, you get a better idea of what your finished sweater might look like! And even though the pattern is knit in pieces from the bottom up, it actually starts with the sleeves, and I’m happy to report that they are complete.

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West Portal Cowl

The Plymouth Aireado begs to be made into something cozy that can be worn close to the neck. Stitch definition is never going to be the strong point of brushed yarns, but they are wonderful for brioche and simplified textured stitches. The West Portal Cowl combines an easy-to-memorize four-row texture pattern with half-brioche, and will be extra-squishy when complete. One skein of Aireado is enough to make the longer length cowl, which can be worn long, or doubled.

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