Happy Boxing Day!

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One suggestion for our Winter Sweater KAL (see below) is Marie Greene’s January Gansey. This design is knit from the bottom up, combining stockinette stitch with cables, and is appropriate for women or men sized 32”-52”. Just one of the traditional details is the underarm gusset, seen above, which allows for ease and just plain looks great.

The pattern, available through Ravelry (including as an in-store download), will include a series of workshop features—weekly emails with tips, tricks, and tutorials, plus access to a private Facebook group Marie has created specifically for this knitalong.

The pattern also accommodates three different gauges, achievable with sport or DK weight yarn. I’m tentatively planning to use HiKoo Kenzie, but think that Elemental Affects Cormo Sport could be another good option. With a couple of time-sensitive projects nearly or newly complete, I’m looking forward to some swatching (we’re looking for a dense fabric here), and will report back.

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...to learn

 
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CURRENT CLASSES & EVENTS

Project Circle

December 28, 5:00pm-7:00pm | no charge

Join us to work on your longer term projects.

Magic Loop: The World’s Simplest Mittens

January 16, 23, 30, 5:00pm-7:00pm | Instructor: Ann Miner | $30 + materials

If you have been frustrated by using double pointed needles for small circumference projects, the Magic Loop is a method that can allow you to knit small numbers of stitches with one 32” or longer circular needle.

We will use The World’s Simplest Mitten pattern from Tin Can Knits, which will give you size options from toddler to adult large, and yarn choices from fingering to chunky.

Winter Sweater KAL

January 4, 11, 18, 25 & February 1, 8, 15, 22, 5:00pm-7:00pm | KAL format | materials only

We’ll be devoting Fridays during January and February to sweater knitting—possibilities include the January Gansey, something from the Strange Brew collection, or if you’re looking for a first sweater project, Flax or Harvest. Knitalong format—assistance available, but no formal instruction.

Yarn Folk will be closed January 1st.

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...to anticipate

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Colder weather can leave your hands a dry, cracked mess. Lo-Lo Bars to the rescue! This fresh shipment includes some seasonal favorites—Winter’s Bliss, Spiced Fig, Frankincense & Myrrh, and Chestnut & Cedar.

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December’s HerStory pays tribute to architect Zaha Hadid, and you can read her story here. (Among other notable structures, she designed the Eli & Edythe Broad Museum at my alma mater, Michigan State University.)

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...to inspire

 

After a season of knitting for others, January is often designated “selfish knitting month.” While I’m of the opinion that any month is a perfectly fine month to work on projects for yourself, there can be something deeply restorative to take a moment at the beginning of the year to focus on a project that will bring you joy—in the planning, in the making, in the wearing. It’s no accident that we’ve got a Winter Sweater KAL scheduled for January and February.

What excites you? Colorwork? Cables? Lace? Push yourself to learn new skills, or relax into the groove of something that brings you comfort. There’s no one right way to participate, but do take a moment to reflect on the idea that making something beautiful for your own enjoyment requires no apology.

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...to stitch

 
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Building Blocks

I started the Building Blocks throw in August of 2014. It was mostly dormant until this year, when it became my primary Project Circle focus, with the goal of finishing it in time to send to my dad for Christmas.

As written, the pattern calls for a bulkier yarn and larger needles than I used; as a consequence, in order to make up for the decrease in size, I added garter stitch connecting strips between each square. The completed size is about 36 x 44—not enormous, but big enough to be a cozy lap blanket.

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