A Different Kind of Swatching


Occasionally, I'll bring in a yarn without having knit with it first, but that's usually when the base yarn is a known quantity, or I've stocked other yarns from the manufacturer. Really, I'd rather swatch at least a little. In this case, I had a ring of minis to play with, so my "swatch" for Blue Sky Alpacas Woolstok turned into a very small design project. See below for the finished item.

Woolstok is a worsted fine highland wool, and I am straight up 100% IN LOVE with this. Look for it at Yarn Folk this fall, and look for me, making sweaters out of it. Plural use intended.

(And swatch something! Just for fun!)

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...to learn





Choose Your Own Sweater

June 6, 13, 20, 27 5-7pm | WAITLIST | Ann Miner

You'll choose your own baby, child, or adult sweater pattern, and work at your own pace in a supported environment. A portion of each class meeting will feature a demonstration and discussion of a basic technique commonly used in sweater patterns.

Worldwide Knit in Public Day

June 9, 1-4pm | all welcome

Weather permitting, we'll gather on the sidewalk in front of Yarn Folk for an afternoon of knitting, crochet, and, invariably, questions from passersby!

Crochet Market Bag (or Hat!)

June 16, 10am-2pm | $40 + materials | Sandy Buzzelli

Learn to crochet in the round as you make a hat or a market bag (or both!).  (AND LOOK, THE BAG HAS A BUILT-IN STUFF SACK!!) We'll learn how to do the magic ring, how to increase and how to read basic crochet patterns.

Prerequisite:  you should know how to chain and half double crochet. 

Details Coming Soon:

July 1-15: Beekeeper 4(ish) Day KAL

July 6, 11, 18, 25: Choose Your Own Sweater (note: 1st session only is on a Friday; remaining classes are Wednesdays)

July 7, 10:00am-2:00pm Entrelac Scarf

July 14, 10:00am-2:00pm Kumihomo Bracelet

August 4 & 25, 10:00am-12:30pm Ephemeris Hat

August 4 & 25, 1:00-3:00pm Two at a Time Toe Up Socks

August 11, 10:00am-2:00pm Crocheted Linen Stitch Scarf

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...to anticipate



The shelf of Sock was looking pretty puny...much better now! There are also a couple of new colors of Rios; take a look. The palette, while so beautiful, has been mainly quite deep-toned for a long time, and I love having some fresh, springtime colors for balance!

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...to inspire



This week, to inspire is a signal boost for the efforts of knitwear designer Thea Colman, who directs a portion of her proceeds from specific patterns to charities that support women, children, and education. In this case, all proceeds from the pattern for Water are going to help 10 year old Mari Copeny continue to provide bottled water to the residents of Flint. (Kids are disproportionately affected by the lead contamination of Flint's water.) Mari is partnered with Pack Your Back, a non-profit started by concerned Central Michigan University students who wanted to help younger kids make a difference in their world.

(CNN's Fast Facts on the Flint Water Crisis here, and NPR's timeline here.)

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...to stitch

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Purlbreak is finished! Finished dimensions are approximately 96"w x 24"d. (It would not be difficult to modify to a smaller size.) Project page (with other styling photos) is here.


Hat with no name

I'm writing up the pattern for this, but since I'll be stocking the yarn soon, but not immediately, it's not URGENT.  I used a kit for the 21 Color Slouch, a stitch pattern from Alterknits, and macgyvered the crown decreases. (You can see them here.)

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