Wrap it up

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Whether you’re giving knit or crochet items, or other gifts, here are a couple of options for reusable and useful “wrapping.” (Baggu Bags are also a terrific stocking stuffer for anyone, crafty or not.)

I also started a Pinterest board for gift wrapping ideas, many of which involve yarn, pom poms, or tassels!)

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...to learn

 
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CURRENT CLASSES & EVENTS

Santa’s Workshop

December 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!

Project Circle

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

Join us to work on your longer term projects.

Yarn Folk will be closed December 25th and January 1st.

Info on January Sweater KALs next week!

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...to anticipate

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Eco-Cashmere from Blue Sky Fibers is now available at Yarn Folk, in all eight colors. The Lyle Hat is a one-skein introduction to this luxurious fiber; or if you’re looking for a super-wearable indulgence, check out the Princeton Capelet or the Roscoe Scarf.

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I think I may have forgotten to post that we have copies of Hunter Hammersen’s Curls 3, in a limited edition that includes a download code for a digital version with the hard copy. While one of the best things about the Curls patterns is that they are adaptable to any weight and yardage of yarn, they are a particularly great option for the Apple Tree Knits Plush Fingering Gradients, which are 840 yards, and we have a nice selection of colors available now!

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...to inspire

 

‘Tis the season for “Ugly Christmas Sweater” parties! There are certainly some beauties out there, but my thoughts and attention do drift to all of the holiday sweaters that are beautifully designed, well-knit, and frequently given with love, or worn with pride.

Take a look at a few delightful projects that caught my eye. Since most of these are project pages, rather than the designer’s pattern pages, you will need to be signed into Ravelry to see them. (If you don’t have a Ravelry account, they are free, and will open up a world of information and inspiration to you!)

Thanks to Devon Guthrie, who made the Betty & Judy Lodge Sweater with two of her coworkers at Knitty City in New York, for permission to use her project photo!

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Fernet Branca

I love the way Fernet Branca turned out. Blue Sky Fibers Woolstok is cozy to knit, cozy to wear, and the colors are rich and compelling. (This color, Midnight Sea, is almost impossible to photograph accurately—it’s a deep blue-Black, with just a hint of green.)

While the pattern was pleasant to knit throughout, some of the elegant design choices made by the designer (Thea Colman) came into focus when it came time to seam the pieces. The only change I made to the pattern was that I knit just a few extra rows at the neck.

(Bonus: now my leftover yarn is freed up for a quick Christmas gift hat!)

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Beeswax Cowl

Looking for an elegant accessory project for the Eco-Cashmere, I remembered The Beeswax Set by Amy Van de Laar. I’m making the Beeswax Cowl, which should use every bit of two skeins, but there are also patterns for a hat or mitts, and each of the patterns is available individually or as part of the e-book set. Any of them would give the wearer the chance to snuggle the cashmere softness right against the skin, which is the main objective, right?

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