Open July 3rd, and July 5th...not the 4th, though!

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I'll be knitting

Yarn Folk will be open on Tuesday, July 3rd (when I'll mostly be working on my Four Day KAL sweater), but will be closed on July 4th. I've found that most shops in downtown Ellensburg are closed for the holiday, and rather than watching the tumbleweeds blow down Pearl Street, my plan is to stay home, and hopefully finish the Beekeeper!

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...to learn

 
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CURRENT CLASSES & EVENTS

 

Beekeeper 4(ish) Day KAL

July 1-15 (informal)

It's here!

Choose Your Own Sweater

July 6, 11, 18, 25 (note: 1st session only is on a Friday; remaining classes are Wednesdays), 5-7 | $40 + materials

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. (NOTE: this is a new session; June session is full.)

Entrelac Scarf [WAITLIST]

July 7, 10:00am-2:00pm  | $40 + materials | Sandy Buzzelli

Entrelac knitting creates a unique and intriguing woven-look fabric, and it’s rather fun and easy to do!

The art of entrelac knitting requires just a few special skills: picking up stitches, increasing, decreasing, and working short rows, all of which we’ll learn as we knit a stunning entrelac scarf. We’ll also have a chance to practice “knitting back backwards” – a skill that makes entrelac knitting easier to do and will have your friends thinking you’re a knitting genius!


Prerequisite: you should know how to cast on, knit, purl and bind off.

Kumihimo Bracelet [WAITLIST]

July 14, 10:00am-2:00pm | $40 + materials | Sandy Buzzelli

As knitters and crocheters, we all have leftover bits of yarn in our stashes. Kumihimo, a Japanese form of braiding, can be a perfect way to use up some of those leftovers. In this class, we'll make a bracelet as we learn the yatsu gumi, an 8-strand round braid, and we'll explore ways to incorporate these round braids into our knit and crochet projects, too.

A kumihimo bracelet kit will be available for purchase at Yarn Folk -- it contains all the supplies needed to make the kumihimo bracelet class project.

Ephemeris Hat [pictured]

August 4 & 25, 10:00am-12:30pm | $40 + materials | Sandy Buzzelli

With Ephemeris, Hunter Hammersen has designed "a simple and classic hat with a twist."
Twisted rib provides the backdrop for a stunning stitch pattern that cleverly uses what Hunter calls "lovely long loops." The end result is a hat that looks delicate yet is sturdy, warm and cozy!

Prerequisites: You should know how to cast on, how to knit and purl, and how to knit in the round on a 16" circular needle. Prior experience with a provisional cast-on is helpful but not necessary. The class supply list will include provisional cast-on instructions that will need to be completed before the first class. You should have a willingness to knit a gauge swatch. The class supply list and pattern will include information on what needs to be done before the first class.

Two at a Time Toe Up Socks

August 4 & 25, 1:00-3:30pm | $40 + materials | Sandy Buzzelli

This class presents the cure for the dreaded one-sock-itis – knit both socks at the very same time! You’re guaranteed to have two socks by the time you’re done, and both socks will be exactly the same – no more trying to remember what you did on the first sock. We’ll be
knitting our pair of socks from the toe to the cuff – making it easy to get a good fit, and we won’t have to worry about running out of yarn on the second sock.

In this class, we’ll learn how to navigate the process of knitting two at once, using Magic Loop or two circular needles, and we’ll explore several different methods for casting on, for knitting the heels, and for binding off at the cuffs.

Prerequisite: you should know how to knit one sock at a time, cuff down or toe up.

Crocheted Linen Stitch Scarf

August 11, 10:00am-2:00pm | $40 + materials | Sandy Buzzelli

Crocheted linen stitch looks very much like knitted linen stitch with the added benefit of being reversible. In this class, we'll learn how to use "foundation" stitches, which are an easier and more functional way to start our projects (no more chaining and then trying to work that first row of stitches back along that fiddly chain!).

Prerequisites: you should know how to chain and single crochet.

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...to anticipate

 
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TAPE MEASURES

ka·waii

kəˈwī,ˈkäwīˌē/

adjective

  1. 1.

    (in the context of Japanese popular culture) cute.

    "she paints elephants that are extremely kawaii"

noun

  1. 1.

    the quality of being cute, or items that are cute.

    "even in a cosmopolitan city like Tokyo, kawaii is everywhere"

ALSO: back in stock--Akerworks Swatch Gauges

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KNITTED WIT HERSTORY SOCK CLUB

There is usually a ten-day embargo on sharing images of the most recent Herstory Sock Club colors on social media, and while June's colorway only just became eligible for show and tell, I somehow missed sharing May's offering, so here are both!

The May colorway (on the right) is "Prendre le Coeur (Take Heart)" and was inspired by Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, who discovered the human immunodeficiency virus. You can read her story here.

June's colorway, pictured at left, is "Out of This World," and pays tribute to the first woman in space, Valentina Tereshkova. Learn more about her life and work here.

If you're in a sock-making frame of mind, I think both of these colorways lend themselves to fun contrasting heels and toes, and I found several contenders among the Knitted Wit Smarties. I need to finish the pair of socks on my needles so I can begin a new pair myself! (On a related note, the supply issue with Addi FlexiFlips are starting to resolve, and I have at least a few sets in most of the sock sizes...

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...to inspire

 
 (c) 2015 Laurel Roth Hope

(c) 2015 Laurel Roth Hope

JEN CANTWELL

 

Here's how artist Jen Cantwell describes herself:

I am a multidisciplinary designer-maker, cutter, stitcher, conceptual knitter, lover of typography and scribbler of lines who is fascinated by the unfiltered bombardment of images, concepts and information that floods my eyes, ears and brain on a daily basis.
My work takes traditional handskills and mixes them with unrelated materials, methods and technologies to make collage based installations, wall pieces and small objects often with a playful interactive element.
This carries forwards into my design practice as an irreverance towards rules and a love of pushing materials and processes to the edges of what I can personally achieve without having to outsource to specialists.

The "Forres Toorie" pictured here used software to translate sounds collected while cycling into visual images, which were then interpreted as Fair Isle knitting patterns. You can visit jencantwell.co.uk/art/ to view additional images, along with other projects incorporating knitting and crochet.

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...to stitch

 
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Through the Loops MKAL

What we know: two color asymmetric triangle shawl, using about 400 yards per color of fingering weight yarn. I am using a skein of Malabrigo Sock in Cereza, mainly because I rendered it unsaleable when I accidentally snipped it while opening the bag. I'm combining it with Plymouth Estilo in Natural Heather, which is a single-ply wool/silk blend. If you would like to see what it looks like so far, head over to my project page. There are also spoiler photos in the Through the Loops Ravelry Group.

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Clementine

Finished--in time to free up the Yarn Cozies I was using for the Beekeeper KAL! CoBaSi is a fingering weight yarn, and lighter weight yarns are often the perfect scale for tiny people. I made Clementine in the smallest size (0-3 months), but the medium is sized for 6-9 months, and the large for 12-18 months.

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